Join our community protest in Mudgee:
- 9:30am Thursday 11th May
- Club Mudgee (99 Mortimer St, Mudgee)
Coming from out of town?
If you'd like to make a trip of it, join us on Wednesday afternoon in Bylong for a chat and tour with local farmers. We'll camp out in the Bylong camp ground Wednesday night and convoy into Mudgee on Thursday morning for the rally.
Meet us at the Bylong shop at 3pm Wednesday for the local tour, and find us across the road from the shop at the camp ground from about 5pm. Camping costs $10/night and the site has showers, toilets, and barbecues.
What are we protesting about?
The NSW Government is holding a "public hearing" on the proposed new Bylong Coal Project, but by holding that hearing they are taking away our legal rights to challenge the mine in court.
The Bylong coal mine threatens to ruin the spectacular heritage of Tarwyn Park and the rich horse country, floodplains and agricultural land that surrounds it.
The public hearing, put on by the Planning Assessment Commission, gives us only five minutes each to explain the immense impacts this mine will have on local communities, heritage values, prime agricultural land, horse-breeding areas, groundwater and healthy waterways.
We've been to these “public hearing” events before, and they don't work. They do not give us the opportunity to raise the types of evidence that is needed and that we would get to test in a court of law. These hearings deny us of our legal rights - and we've had a gutful of that.
It's time to show the NSW Government that we won't participate in meaningless consultation so they can tick some boxes and abolish our basic legal rights. So, while the PAC is holding is 'hearing' inside Mudgee Hall, we'll be boycotting it and instead protesting out the front.
We'll give them all the information they need to show why this mine shouldn't proceed, but we won't be party to the loss of our lawful rights to protect this country.