In the fifth day of escalating protest at Leard Forest in north west NSW, protestors seeking to protect the forest from being cleared for an open-cut coal mine have again blockaded the entrance to the construction site for the mine, preventing a water tanker from accessing the site.Read more
The Lock the Gate Alliance has accused Premier Campbell Newman of betraying a promise to protect cropping land from coal and gas mining and fatally undermining Queensland’s agricultural future with a new Bill that will repeal the Strategic Cropping Land Act and allow mining companies access to the best farmlands in the State.Read more
Lock the Gate Alliance has spoken out against the mis-use of fire closures by the NSW Forestry Corporation, after they yesterday closed down two State Forests where community groups were camped in protest against coal and gas mining in north-west NSW.
The Forestry Corporation posts notice of closure for the fire season on its website, and the site yesterday showed only two closures for the entire state of NSW - Leard State Forest and Jacks Creek State Forest, the exact two sites where community groups are camping to protest against the Maules Ck Coal mine and the Pilliga Coal Seam Gasfield respectively.
There is no Total Fire Ban in place in the region and no other State Forests in NSW were subject to fire closures.Read more
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
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