STOP SHENHUA MINING KOALA HABITAT ON GOMEROI ANCESTRAL LANDS

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BREAKING: The NSW Upper House just passed th motion against destruction of Aboriginal heritage on th

We will keep this petition open, but for now.. this is a huge win! 

"1. That this House notes that:

a) In January this year Shenhua Energy started exploratory drilling for its open-cut coal mine on the Liverpool Plains that will extract 10 million tonnes of coal a year for 30 years;
b) the coal mine is expected to destroy roughly 4,000 hectares of fertile agricultural land including 800 hectares of Endangered Ecological Communities including koala habitat;
c) a peer reviewed study found that Shenhua overestimated the amount of groundwater in the impact zone by 100 to 1000 times;
d) an archaeological report commissioned by China Shenhua Energy has stated that roughly half of the 60 historically and culturally significant artefacts of the Gomeroi people present on the site will be destroyed by the mining project;
e) these artefacts include grinding grooves showing markings of spears being sharpened for battle, burial sites and sacred trees;
f) the mine is opposed by the Gomeroi people who have filed a submission in the Federal Court against Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley in an attempt to overturn the mine's 2015 approval; and
g) When the Government renewed Shenhua’s exploration licence in 2018, it included a cancellation clause that allows it to terminate the project if it hadn’t reached production stage by applying for a mining licence within two years, which is 30 June 2020.

2. That this House notes the destruction of ancient Indigenous caves at Juukan Gorge in Western Australia.

3. That this House calls on the Government to ensure a similar act will not occur at the proposed Shenhua Watermark coal mine.

Point 3 was a compromise to my initial clause to reject any application by Shenua Energy for a mining licence but I accepted a Labor amendment to ensure support. In the end this was passed by the whole Upper House including the Government. This is a small, but significant win.

The reason is that Aboriginal artefacts and sacred sites on the proposed mine site are extensive and scattered across the site. Therefore if the government is to ensure that Aboriginal heritage isn’t destroyed on the site as this motion just passed indicates then Shenhua mine can’t go ahead." -The Greens, Kate Faehrmann

From me, Thank You! All actions for good are so worth it! 

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