John Ford commented on read_it_write_it_talk_it_feedback 2015-11-30 16:17:10 +1100Dear Bruce Saunders MLA
I write to you as a matter of urgency.
Having spent years working in the cattle industry if Queensland I am well aware of the importance of water to the rural community. I have learnt that Part 4 of the Water Reform and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (WROLAA) is about to be proclaimed. This is disastrous situation, a situation which the Labor Party, while in opposition, readily recognised and opposed. Now it has changed its mind.
The argument that miners have to ‘mitigate’ and ‘make good’ that which is lost is an argument which effectively confirms that the legislation is disastrous to rural water supplies. In other words, by raising ‘mitigation’ as an argument admits the liability mining has on our precious water resource. It is therefore, a non argument.
Bruce, like you, I have worked around Mount Isa. I have seen the devastation big mining companies effect on the fragile nature of the environment. Just recently this was vividly illustrated by the collapse of a tailings dam in Brazil. Yes, mining can contribute to the national good, but the logistics and the dangers of present mining activities are not in the national interest .. they are in the interests of big mining companies who care little for rural communities.
Please advise me that this thought bubble is going away. Please confirm for me that the Labor Party does care for rural communities. Please confirm for me that the Labor Party recognises that water is fundamental to rural communities.
I await your reply.
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We, the undersigned, make this promise: we will not allow the Warkworth mine to destroy Saddle Ridge and the Warkworth Sands, nor the village of Bulga.
Saddle Ridge and the Warkworth Sands harbour woodlands and wildlife that are vanishing from the Hunter Valley due to open cut coal mining. The area is an ancient pathway and place of harmony, protection, and direction for Wonnarua people. It shields the village of Bulga from noise and dust rising from the super pits of Rio Tinto's Mount Thorley-Warkworth mine. For the Wonnarua, the people of Bulga, and the wildlife, Saddle Ridge and the Warkworth Sands are home; protecting and guiding them. Such things cannot be compensated for. They cannot be sold, or replaced.
The NSW government may have signed the death warrant for Warkworth Sands and the village of Bulga, but the people have not. The government and Rio Tinto are colluding against us, but we are united and we will not be subdued.
The highest courts in New South Wales have rejected the Warkworth mine expansion for the same reasons we reject it. By siding with Rio Tinto to subvert the people’s victory in court, the government has crossed a line. Now we are the ones that will uphold fairness, protect the ridge and restore faith in organised community.
We stand with the village of Bulga and Wonnarua traditional owners. We pledge to them that we will use all peaceful means to help them protect community and culture from the Warkworth coal mine.
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- Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association
- Kevin Taggart, Wonnarua traditional owner.
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- Hunter Valley Wine Industry Tourism Association
- Broke Fordwich Wine & Tourism Association
- Lock The Gate Alliance
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