The Greens today have welcomed reports that Port Waratah Coal Services has delayed Newcastle’s proposed forth coal terminal T4, calling it a testament to the strength and tenacity of the local community campaign. They are calling on Port Waratah Coal to withdraw the T4 application.
Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said “Shelving T4 is great news for people concerned about coal dust up and down the Hunter coal chain and a step towards reining in carbon emissions to safeguard our climate.
“A delay for T4 is not an outright rejection however and Port Waratah Coal Services should be aware that the voices against coal expansion will not be subdued by a backdoor plan to expand coal exports by upgrading the existing Kooragang Island port facilities instead.
“The current level of coal mining, coal fired power and coal transportation in the region is already causing very real public health and environmental and environmental impacts – delaying T4 will not make these issues go away.
“Pressure is now on Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese to see the writing on the wall about the tenuous position of coal and not allow billions of dollars in federal public funds to subsidise coal rail in the Hunter.
Greens councillor for Newcastle Michael Osborne said “This is a good day for the many thousands of locals that live, work and go to school along the rail line.
“The campaign will not quieten however while the possibility of T4 remains on the books and while there continues to be routine breeches of air pollution standards in our suburbs.
“There has been enough anxiety in the local community and to clear the air in more ways than one Port Waratah Coal Services needs to withdraw the T4 application”, said Clr Osborne.