Landholders right of veto critical to NSW land access arrangements

Published: January 14, 2014

The Lock the Gate Alliance has called on the NSW Government to confirm landholder’s right of veto to coal and gas companies in NSW land access arrangements, saying the government must respect the will of the community.

This comes as the NSW’s governments Draft Land Access Code consultation period closed yesterday. The consultation process drew a storm of protest when it emerged that the Land and Water Commissioner, Jock Laurie, was conducting private meetings with a number of peak industry bodies in order to sign off on the draft code.

Read more

Maules Creek protestors blockade mine construction

Published: January 13, 2014

Protestors today have launched a blockade at the site of Whitehaven’s controversial Maules Creek coal project in North West NSW, turning back vehicles seeking to clear the forest for construction of rail infrastructure. 

Read more

Secrecy surrounds Maules Creek project biodiversity offsets review

Published: January 09, 2014

A crucial review of Whitehaven Coal’s biodiversity offsets for their controversial Maules Creek coal mine project should be made public immediately, according to an environment group that has alleged the offset commitments made by the company were based on false information. 

Read more


Published: December 20, 2013

The Lock the Gate Alliance has slammed the Federal Government’s decision to approve another huge mega mine in the Galilee Basin saying the social and ecological impacts of the mine cannot be justified.

Read more

Court Challenge to Whitehaven Coal Mine Lost

Published: December 20, 2013

The Northern Inland Council for the Environment has expressed deep disappointment with the loss of its legal challenge against the Whitehaven Maules Ck Coal mine, and said the ruling highlighted the failures of Federal environment laws.

In a judgement handed down this afternoon, the Federal Court ruled that the approval of the Maules Ck coal mine by former Environment Minister, Tony Burke, was valid and dismissed the challenge that had been brought by the Northern Inland Council for the Environment. 


Read more


get updates

Content on this site is authorised by Georgina Woods for Lock the Gate Alliance, Lismore NSW.