Two wonderful members of our Southern Highlands community, Ross and Margaret Alexander, are under assault from a South Korean Steel company called POSCO.
The Mining Act is totally biased in favour of mining companies and some, like POSCO, exploit it ruthlessly against Aussie farmers. It's a David versus Goliath battle.
Ross and Margaret Alexander face legal costs of well over $150,000 dollars just trying to defend their rights.
POSCO took them to court to use Carters Lane (which the Alexanders own) so that they could drill on a neighbours property.
While Ross and Margaret were in court POSCO also forced them into arbitration to attempt to gain access to the their property to drill holes on their land.
POSCO also denied them legal representation in arbitration (which they can do under the Mining Act)!
This sort of corporate bullying and intimidation by a foreign company is completely unacceptable and we must support Ross and Marg.
Hume Coal versus the Alexanders-myth vs reality
2. Hume's claim that the Alexanders position had no merit but that's clearly not what the Justice Sheahan thought when he refused the Interlocutory Injunction which Hume sought against the Alexanders to get onto Carters Lane in the Land and Environment Court in November 2012. Justice Sheahan stated in his judgement in early December that there were "no shortage of serious issues to be tried" and went on to expand on some of them: "Does Hume need to have an access arrangement over Alexanders land?"…"is the blockade an illegal act?"…"The issues surrounding the Kneightly Covenant…I am far from satisfied that the Covenant is not relevant".
3. The Alexander's Senior Counsel Jane Needham SC, http://13stjames.net.au/barristers/jane-needham-sc/http://sydney-barrister.com.au/ Senior Vice-President of the Council of the NSW Bar Association and Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee) thought that the case had serious merit and needed to be tried. She and her Junior agreed to represent the Alexanders for a fixed fee because she believed that the case was in the public interest. All fees were paid by the Alexanders unlike Hume's claim that the public purse covered their costs via the Environmental Defenders Office.
4. Sadly, the Alexanders lost the case which was always possible given the power of the Mining Act in favour of Mining interests but that was far from a foregone conclusion, despite Hume's claims to the contrary.
5. The Southern Highlands Coal Action Group has and will continue to support the Alexanders in the fight against POSCO's aggressive attempt to force their way onto their land against their wishes. However for Hume Coal to imply that this was anything other than a genuine legal dispute is a complete falsehood.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
1. MAKE A MONETARY GIFT:
You can make a monetary gift by sending cheques payable to Ross and Margaret Alexander, PO Box 3380, Exeter, NSW 2579 or place funds in Account 948388580 BSB 082184 at the National Australia Bank.
2. BUY SOME RAFFLE TICKETS:
Buy a raffle ticket book by contacting either Kathy Roche on 02 48771490/0412 694 800 or Virginia Brousse on 0428 254 966.
You could win two nights accommodation mid week at 'Devon Barn Cottage' on the magnificent South Down Estate in Burradoo.
There's also a dinner for two at Berkelouws Book Barn Cafe to the value of two hundred dollars or a spectacular 8ft Christmas tree with hamper.
3. COME TO OUR JAZZ PICNIC:
Come to our FIRST fundraising event, a JAZZ picnic at Montrose Berry Farm with Di Bird and her jazz band.
Sunday September the 22nd. Gates open at 12 noon and the event finishes at 4pm. On site parking is available.
The Berry farm is located in Ormond St Sutton Forest 2577.
Tickets are $25 per head and will be sold at the gate. Afternoon tea is included in the price. Undercover seating is available for 120 people.
Don't forget your PICNIC, RUG and CREDIT CARDS as we have some wonderful things to auction.
You could bid for a prize Angus Bull, king size beds from 40 Winks, a Christmas turkey cooked and stuffed for you on Christmas morning by chef Alain Brousse, theatre tickets or farm stay accommodation to name a few.
For all inquiries please contact Ross Parker on 0418918153 or Kim Martin on 0412443142.
4. HELP WITH THE JUMBLE SALE:
Clean out those cupboards and sheds for a huge jumble sale on Saturday and Sunday the 16th and 17th of November.
It will be held at the Sutton Forest Village Hall, Illawarra Highway, Sutton Forest.
Doors open at 8 am and close at 4 pm. Morning tea and sausage sizzle will be available.
Please call our volunteers for a drop off point or to arrange pickup.Gale Treadgold (BOOKS) 0414 698 369.
Anne Treadgold (CLOTHES AND JEWELLERY) 02 4861 2922.
(BRIC A BRAC) Val Turnbull 4878 9009 Sandra Johnson 0412 140 466.
Margaret Alexander (PLANTS, FURNITURE and CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS) 0408 683 392.
Kathy Roche (FARM TOOLS AND MACHINERY) 4877 1490, 0412 694 800.
5. VISIT OUR GARDEN OPEN WEEKEND:
On the weekend of 30th of November and 1st of December, we have a wonderful garden open weekend planned.
All three Heritage Sandstone Churches will be open on Saturday, two in Sutton Forest and Exeter, from 10am until 4pm. This is a great chance to enter these churches, much loved by many generations.
Local Historian, Linda Emery, will conduct informative tours of the Historical Cemetery attached to All Saints Church, Sutton Forest at 12.30pm and 2.30pm on Saturday November 30th.
Sally’s Corner Winery, 257 Sally’s Corner Rd, will be open for Wine Tasting. Sales at the Cellar door. A short distance from the Exeter Store and Café.
Banjo’s Run Winery is also open for Wine Tasting. The Winery and Cellar Door Sales are situated at 212 Sally’s Corner Road, Exeter.
Garden #3, ‘Sutton Tops’. Potted gems from these special gardens will be for sale at the corner of Exeter Road & Greenhills Road, Sutton Forest.
The CZES Gallery of brilliant photography will be open just a short way further along Greenhills Rd, Sutton Forest, You will be most welcome!
Do not miss the Farmer’s Market at the popular ‘Werai Tea House’. Local produce from our Olive Groves, Berry Farms, Dairy Farms and much more. The Werai Teahouse will welcome you for lunch or refreshments!
In Newbury Managers Cottage circa 1875 beside Medway Rivulet, 100m downhill from All Saints Church and Churchyard, owner Patricia Gibbons will have her small gallery of art, featuring birdlife, open for your enjoyment. Also features the Blacksmith’s Forge and the Chauffer’s Cottage set in a delightful garden setting.