WYONG: Meeting calls for halt on new coal mines

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WYONG: Meeting calls for halt on new coal mines

Postby HVPA_research » Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:53 am



A MEETING of concerned northern area residents has called for a halt to new mines under villages.

The meeting has also called for more independent monitoring of mine operations.

People at the meeting said existing policies were inadequate and that mining companies were often “a law unto themselves”.

More than 130 people attended the Wyong Council-convened meeting at Doyalson RSL Club on Tuesday night to discuss plans by several mining companies to expand their northern area operations.

Guests included Andrew Myors from Centennial Coal; David McConnell for Lake Coal; Keith Cole-Clark from the Mine Subsidence Board and Howard Reid representing the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

The meeting was chaired by the council’s deputy mayor Sue Wynn.

Residents said there were already enough mines in the northern parts of the shire and subsidence was causing widespread concern.

Several large companies including Centennial Coal and Lake Coal, are planning to apply for new mining applications in the Doyalson, Wyee Point to Gwandalan areas and under Tuggerah Lakes.
Residents say there are enough mines already and want new applications rejected.
They also want a stop put to multiple seam mining which they say is already occurring and adding to subsidence problems.

The Rivers SOS Alliance networks with groups round the State in order to campaign for protection of river systems from mine damage. Recently at one of Rivers SOS's regional meetings, held at Toronto, local people took us to visit some of the rivers and creeks, and properties, impacted by coal mining. Areas of Lake Macquarie have sunk through subsidence, drowning some houses and wetlands, boathouses and jetties, while local creeks are badly polluted or wrecked. These local residents have had more than their fair share of destruction, with no rehabilitation possible.
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