As many of you will know the Hume Coal Project was recently given approval to drill a further 25 exploration boreholes over a 2 year period in Sutton Forest!
We’ve received feedback that ‘apparently’ our community doesn’t really object to what Hume Coal is doing as the minister’s office didn’t receive any written objections! We need to rectify this now by bombarding the Minister with letters objecting to any new drilling!
This community has been under siege for over 4 long years. This has had a huge impact on the affected landowners, not just financially, but also physically & emotionally. Landowners have been forced into court and also land access arbitration against their will.
It’s costing these people many tens of thousands of dollars to fight the miners with no end in sight. Hume Coal has also denied landowners the right to have legal representation when in arbitration. They are bullies and will try anything.
Hume Coal has now bought “Evandale” which is located right next to the Medway Reservoir, the emergency water supply for the entire Southern Highlands and the drinking water for 8,200 residents in Berrima plus parts of Bowral and Mittagong. Any mining could seriously threaten this water resource.
Industry water experts recently completed a Groundwater Study that clearly showed that any mining will drain the water in an area of 200 square kilometres or more of the Southern Highlands affecting people way outside the coal licence area.
Should this region lose its water, there will be a long lasting, and possibly permanent, damaging impact on all of the agricultural & farming operations in the area. This will impact not only the farmers, but also all the businesses that support them, and the huge hospitality industry on which many rely for their livelihoods.
Property values in the mining lease area have dropped significantly and sales have plummeted. This won’t change until the black mining cloud is lifted.
SO, it’s time to step up to the plate and put pen to paper people! We need you to voice your concerns, clearly and loudly, to the ministerial office.
It’s not often that we ask you to take action, but we do need urgent action right now, which is:
- Write a letter outlining your concerns (in your own words would be best) and send it to the Minister for Resources & Energy. Feel free to cc SHCAG on this letter (PO Box 3380, Exeter NSW 2579 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
- If you can spare 5 minutes, a phone call to the Minister's office wouldn't go astray.
- If you can spare it, donations to help fund the fight are always welcome.
And to save you the trouble, below are the email, postal and telephone details for the ministerial office.