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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Lock-on protest a wake up call on destruction of the Leard Forest near Boggabri


JEREMY BUCKINGHAM MLC - MEDIA RELEASE

11 April 2012

The Greens mining spokesperson, Jeremy Buckingham congratulated local
farmers and environmentalists for their commitment and courage displayed
by the lock-on protest to stop two open cut coal mines destroying the
Leard State Forest, North East of Boggabri.

Carmel Flint from the Northern Inland Council for the Environment has
chained herself to a bulldozer set to destroy the Leard State Forest for
the 100% Japanese owned Idemitsu Boggabri coal mine.

“The Greens congratulate these courageous protesters for protecting
this important forest on the Liverpool Plains.  It should be a wake up
call for the O’Farrell Government who promised to restore balance
between mining, farming and the environment,” said Greens MP Jeremy
Buckingham.

“The Leard State Forest includes 754 hectares of critically
endangered woodland and has been identified by the State Government has
Tier 1 Biodiversity land, yet the Planning Assessment Commission has
given the green light to its destruction by Boggabri Coal and Nathan
Tinkler’s Aston Coal.

“While Queensland’s Campbell Newman has already acted to protect
areas like Ackland and the Felton Valley, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell
is doing nothing to stop coal mining destroying the last significant
tract of remanent woodland on the Liverpool Plains.

“Nathan Tinkler’s Maules Creek mine has a stench about it with
undeclared donations to the National Party, former Nationals Leader Mark
Vaile on the board, former General Secretary of the NSW Nationals and
Barry O’Farrell’s former Chief of Staff Liam Bathgate lobbying, and
Former National Party Minister Garry West on the three person Planning
Assessment Commission.

“With such close links between the mine and Coalition Government, it
is no wonder that local farmers and environmentalists have taken direct
action to stop these coal mines destroying an important forest and
threatening nearby water resources and farmland," he said.

Photos of the protest are available at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/treslola/sets/72157629424603202/

Contact: Max Phillips 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916

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