Some questions for Premier O’Farrell

Southern Highlands Coal Action Group has some very good questions for NSW Premier Barry O”Farrell.

Maybe you could also explain to the people of the Southern Highlands why it is acceptable for a foreign company to slowly buy up our land by stealth using front companies and retired real estate agents. The latest being a property behind the Berrima Cement Works adjacent to the railway line, very handy for coal loading.

While you’re at it, you could tell the whole Wingecarribee Shire why POSCO may be planning to send their produced water from the mine to Goulburn via the Wingecarribee pipeline. Remember Premier, the one that was built to drought proof Goulburn. And yes, POSCO have approached the Goulburn Council to discuss this idea.

Oh and while we are talking about water, maybe you should have a look at our newly completed water study, the one that clearly demonstrates approximately 200 square kilometres of the Southern Highlands will lose all of its vital underground water supply because of POSCO’s long-wall mining if they get approval. This is because the coal seam sits right under the aquifer and acts like a plug in a bath!

Maybe you could also reassure the 8,200 residents of Berrima, Bowral and Mittagong that rely on the Medway Reservoir, that it is okay to put a polluting coal mine in the same vicinity as the rivers and creeks that feed the dam and risk permanent damage of the waterways through subsidence. All this in the Sydney Water Catchment.

Read the entire letter to Premier O’Farrell (PDF)

SHCAG is fund raising to cover legal costs for the battle against POSCO. The first event is a Jazz Picnic at Montrose Berry Farm, Ormond St, Sutton Forest next Sunday September 22nd. Gates open at 12 noon and the event finishes at 4pm. On site parking is available.

Tickets $25 at the gate include afternoon tea (BYO picnic).

There’s also an auction on the day, with items including 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.

More information about the behaviour of POSCO and Hume Coal at the SHCAG website

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