Six out of nine Councillors newly elected to Wingecarribee Shire Council say that they support calls for a complete moratorium on coal exploration and coal mining in the Southern Highlands and Sydney Water Catchment.
The result has Battle for Berrima calling on the new council to move a motion supporting the moratorium as one of its first items of business.
Battle for Berrima surveyed candidates before the September 10th election asking a series of questions about the future of coal mining and exploration as well as questions in relation to funding received from any resources companies involved in or considering coal exploration or mining.
Six now newly elected candidates who were contacted and surveyed by Battle for Berrima were:
Clr. Grahame Andrews
Clr. Ken Halstead
Clr. Graham McLaughlin
Clr. Gordon Markwart
Clr. Ian Scandrett
Clr. Larry Whipper
Battle for Berrima has again attempted this week to contact the three remaining new Councillors, Clr. Gair, Clr. Nelson and Clr. Turland, seeking their responses to the questions asked.
All six successful candidates contacted and surveyed answered ‘Yes’ when asked the following question:
Q: Do you or any of your candidates support the call by 16000+ men and women for a complete moratorium on coal exploration or coal mining in the Southern Highlands and in the Sydney Water Catchment?
All six candidates answered “No’ when asked the following two questions about receiving funds from any resources company:
Q: Have you or any of your candidates received funds from any resources company currently involved in or seeking to undertake coal exploration and / or mining in the Southern Highlands?
Q: Are you or any of your candidates involved in any organisation, in an official capacity such as office holder, that has received funds from any resources company currently involved in coal exploration or seeking to undertaken coal mining in the Southern Highlands?
Four candidates answered “No”, one candidate answered ‘Not Sure’ and a further candidate provided a qualified answer to the following question:
Q: Do you or any of your candidates support current or future coal mining exploration or proposals for coal mining in the Southern Highlands?
“Battle for Berrima is pleased that the majority of the new Councillors support the calls of 16,000+ men and women for a complete moratorium on coal exploration or coal mining in the Southern Highlands and in the Sydney Water Catchment”, said Battle for Berrima President, Ken Wilson.
“The Southern Highland’s community is seeking leadership from our elected representatives to ensure the long-term protection of our water, our environment, our air, our tourism, agriculture and sustainable industries that have delivered long term jobs.
“We call on the new Council to move a motion as soon as possible confirming the support of the majority of newly elected councillors for the calls of 16,000+ petitioners to the NSW Parliament for a complete moratorium on coal exploration or coal mining in the Southern Highlands and the Sydney Water Catchment”, said Mr. Wilson.
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