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In an overwhelming demonstration of people-power a petition in excess of 13,000 signatures calling for the protection of precious water resources in the Sydney Water Catchment and a Parliamentary Inquiry into the risks of current and proposed coal-mining activities on water quality, supply and safety.
The petition has exceeded the 10,000 minimum required to trigger a debate in the NSW Parliament and will be handed to NSW Cabinet Minister and local MP Pru Goward on Thursday, 19th April at 10.30am at Parliament House in Sydney.
"This is yet another overwhelming demonstration of people power and shows the depth of opposition to current and future coal mining in the Sydney Water Catchment”, said Battle for Berrima President Ken Wilson.
“Thousands of voters are calling on our elected representatives to stand up and be counted when it comes to protecting irreplaceable assets such as the Sydney Water Catchment on which millions of people rely."
Battle for Berrima invites all supporters to attend this event at Parliament House, meeting at 10am on Macquarie Street, Sydney.
REGISTER your details for event information, transport options and volunteering to carry our Battle for Berrima signs on the day here.
ABOUT THE PETITION
Battle for Berrima has coordinated the petition over the last 6 months, securing thousands of signatures calling for the protection of precious water resources in the Sydney Water Catchment and a Parliamentary Inquiry into the risks of current and proposed coal-mining activities on water quality, supply and safety.
In summary the petition calls for:
- A Parliamentary Inquiry into the risks posed to the current and future quality, supply and safety of water supply from the Sydney Water Catchment as a result of current and future coal mining and extractive industries within the Catchment
- Immediate moratorium on any expansion of any existing coal mining operation or approval of new coal mining proposals within the Sydney Water Catchment
- Immediate moratorium on any coal mining exploration within the Sydney Water Catchment
- An immediate audit of any and all discharges into the Sydney Water Catchment from any coal mine, operating, mothballed or closed.
The petition was sparked by the proposed mega-underground coal mine Korea’s POSCO wants to develop on the edge of historic Berrima as well as the recent heavy metal discharge crisis on the Wingecarribee River from the mothballed Boral Colliery at Medway.
VIEW THE PETITION HERE.