In the face of unprecedented community outrage about the federal approval of the Shenhua Watermark coal project on prime agricultural land, NSW Farmers launched an online open letter today.
The letter urges the community to add their voices to the chorus of opposition to the Shenhua project on the Liverpool Plains.
The federal government recently gave the go-ahead to this project which consists of a 268-million-tonne open-cut coal mine in the midst of some of Australia’s most productive agricultural land.
The project would literally blow up a hole in the heart of Australia agriculture.
The fight is not over. Apart from the additional conditions to be met at a federal level, the NSW Minister for Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts, is required to grant a mining lease to Shenhua before it can begin operations.
We need Minister Roberts to hear from the community why it objects to this mine proceeding.
We are urging farmers and community members to assist in the battle against this approval by filling in an open letter to the minister urging him not to grant a mining lease to Shenhua on the following basis:
- The project poses unacceptable risks to the region’s crucial water resources
- The project is not in the public interest, and the Minister has not sufficiently considered the fit and proper requirements of the legislation
- The project is not economically feasible
It is clear that the planning process has failed to adequately address issues of agricultural, environmental and cultural importance in this area.
If this mining can happen on the Liverpool Plains, it can happen anywhere and that’s why we need everyone to get behind us, get behind the community, add your voice to the many and fight this proposal to ensure this mine does not proceed.
Link to letter: http://www.standupforfarmers.com.au/open-letter/index.php
Fiona Simson, (outgoing president of NSW Farmers)