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Make the Call: It’s Time to Abandon the Bylong Mine

The South Korean Government (Republic of Korea) is the majority owner of KEPCO, the company behind the proposed Bylong Coal Project.  Therefore, they have a big say in what happens next with the project.

We want to send them a strong message via the South Korean Embassy here, encouraging them to abandon the project and sell the land back to agriculture.

Ring: 02 62704100

Note: The embassy closes for lunch between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm

Please be very polite and calm and provide your name.  Ask for your message to be passed directly to the Ambassador and to the relevant minister in Korea. You can let us know how the call went on the feedback
form below.

Here are some points you might like to make:

  • You strongly support South Korea’s moves to shift from coal power to renewables and it is clear that extracting 124 million tonnes of thermal coal from Bylong up until 2045 is incompatible with that.
  • It would be a very positive move for KEPCO to now withdraw completely from the Bylong coal project, abandoning the exploration licences and selling the land for agriculture so Bylong can become a hub for regenerative farming.
  • It would be financially reckless to keep pursuing a project that has already been rejected and will almost certainly just result in the Korean Government throwing good money after bad.
  • You encourage the Embassy to meet with farmers affected by the Bylong project and Lock the Gate who have recently requested a meeting.

Please note that the Korean Government is the majority owner of KEPCO. If Embassy staff tell you that KEPCO make their own decisions, independent of Government, please hold your ground and ask the Government to say ‘no’ to this project. Reiterate that a majority owner’s views are powerful and will always be heard.

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Showing 16 reactions

  • Jason Connor
    commented 2019-10-16 12:01:39 +1100
    Can u help with setting an email we could send the Korean government as I’m not real good with phone calls
  • Margaret Mitsikas
    commented 2019-10-16 11:59:20 +1100
    Facts gleaned: They have had 100s of calls about Bylong. That fact is the only information that may, note may, be passed on to the relevant minister in the South Korean Govt.

    The email address of the minister is not available.

    I put it to the receptionist that he may hear someone ask ‘ what are these protesters complaining about?’ and suggested he have a short list he could refer to in such circumstances. He agreed.

    So he heard the relevant points,(brief as possible), as lock the gate agrees are crucial, plus one more:

    “re latest data on loss of 70-75 % of flying insects (agriculture’s pollinators and the bottom of the food chain) in Europe, and the likelihood the loss applies also in Asia and elsewhere:

    Perhaps the Korean Govt would be wise to invest in the Bylong farmers plans for regenerative agriculture and natural sequence farming. We can’t eat coal ! “

    ( I believe he was noting down these comments). I hope the farmers are thinking positively and getting on with their co operative plans).

    Can you supply us readers with best NSW govt. phone number to reinforce their no mine decision?Cheers, you amazing people,

    Marg Mitsikas
  • Karon Lekeu
    commented 2019-10-16 11:50:26 +1100
    I spoke with the receptionist. She was very polite. I spoke about talking point 1 above and advised I had been to the Bylong Valley and know that the farmers and residents in the area are against any new coal mines, that the area held high environmental significance and farming value. I mentioned I supported South Korea’s movement away from coal power to renewables and would kindly ask that as a major share holder of KEPCO that the Korean government abandon the project. She said she has received other calls about this issue. I asked if she would pass this message on to the relevant Minister and she said she would do so.
  • Jann Dark
    commented 2019-10-16 11:15:19 +1100
    called embassy … very friendly.
  • Lynette Sinclair
    commented 2019-10-16 11:15:17 +1100
    I spoke to someone in reception after pressing the number for ‘English’ and respectfully requested that KEPCO abide by the decision not to mine in the Bylong Valley. She asked if I wanted my message passed on and I said yes and reiterated that the community do not want mining in the Bylong Valley and the decision should be respected and the project abandoned completely. It was quick and well received with courtesy.
  • Nicole Luhrs
    commented 2019-10-16 11:14:12 +1100
    They said they dont have anything to do with this! I said I am from the Blue Mts west of Sydney concerned about this proposal to potentially overturn the court’s decision. Then they said cant solve anything over the phone and gave me an email address [email protected]
  • Tricia Harrison
    commented 2019-10-16 11:07:31 +1100
    The call went well. I don’t feet comfortable doing these calls but it is for an important reason! I felt sorry for the receptionist apparently there has been a lot of calls. I told her we are not angry just very concerned about climate change and we must do everything we can to stop further coal mining for the future of our grandchildren. I hope this helps.
  • Michael Schien
    commented 2019-10-16 11:01:47 +1100
    Talked to a consular official in Canberra They said they received 20 calls this morning; not aware of the Bylong issue. Suggested ringing Kepco directly . Not sure if S Korea has signed the Paris accord. Wanted to know who was organising the calls.
  • Margaret ANNA Viale
    commented 2019-10-16 10:47:56 +1100
    as I’ve just told your young man on the Katang river near Coffs, 10.45 am Canberra answered and knew nothing about it but suggested Sydney.

    Sydney was useless with 2 departments again not aware!
  • David Lynch
    commented 2019-10-16 10:46:22 +1100
    Went nowhere. They have received a large amount of calls recently, but do not have the name or phone details for any person involved in the project. I did ask for the name/details of the relevant minister in Korea, but again, met with polite but definite rejection.
  • Glenys Davies
    commented 2019-10-16 10:43:23 +1100
    I got the message from Reception to say - sorry we cannot help.

    They were unable to give me the phone number of Kepco.

    Also said they are recediving these calls every 5 seconds!!
  • Merion Ferguson
    commented 2019-10-16 10:43:10 +1100
    I was asked to send an email to [email protected]
  • Julie Lyford
    commented 2019-10-16 10:40:17 +1100
    No answer after three tries at 10.35am
  • Vicki Sullivan
    commented 2019-10-16 10:39:44 +1100
  • Carole Willis
    commented 2019-10-16 10:36:44 +1100
    I made the call, lady was very pleasant but asked me to email them instead at [email protected] with my comments.
  • Dean Draper
    commented 2019-10-16 09:54:17 +1100
    I made the call, it went well.