- Rally to support Bulga and other NSW communities being pushed around by coal companies and their lackeys in the NSW Government.
- NSW Supreme Court (Queen’s Square, 184 Phillip St, Sydney).
- 9am, Wednesday August 14th, Sydney
The NSW Government has joined global mining giant Rio Tinto in a Supreme Court action to force an unwanted open cut coal mine onto the people of Bulga, in the Hunter Valley.
The mine proposal was previously rejected by a NSW court, due to the unacceptable impacts it would have on public health, threatened bushland, and the ongoing viability of the village of Bulga. But Rio Tinto and the NSW Government have refused to accept the umpire’s decision, and are now dragging the Bulga residents’ group into the Supreme Court to get their way. Find out more about the case here, and here.
This is a new low point in a wider campaign of bullying and intimidation by mining companies against communities. Across NSW, people are tired of being bullied by Big Coal. Mining companies routinely lie to landholders, intimidate communities, and threaten legal action against anyone who would hinder or speak out against them. The coal bullies have shown they will do anything to get their way, including taking local residents groups to the Supreme Court.
The O’Farrell Government should be protecting communities. Instead, they are behaving like the hired goons of the mining industry.
The battle of Bulga against Rio Tinto and the NSW Government is iconic of the work that thousands of NSW citizens are doing – to draw a line in the sand, and defend our communities from unwanted and destructive mining. Let’s come together to show our support for Bulga, and to share stories of the bullying, toadying, whining, cheating tactics of coal companies, all over our state.
Let’s stand up against the coal bullies! Join the rally outside the NSW Supreme Court as the Bulga case begins – 9am Wednesday 14th August.
For more information contact Steve Phillips, Hunter regional coordinator for Lock The Gate: firstname.lastname@example.org