VOICE OF THOUSANDS OF MEN AND WOMEN CONCERNED ABOUT OUR PRECIOUS WATER CATCHMENT HEADED FOR THE FLOOR OF PARLIAMENT
13000+ STRONG PETITION TO BE HANDED TO PRU GOWARD IN MACQUARIE STREET THURSDAY
18 April 2018
Battle for Berrima will deliver to NSW Parliament this Thursday (19/4/18) the 13000+ petition 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.
Battle for Berrima supporters, Southern Highlands residents and other community group representatives will be present at the handover.
Over 13,000 signatures have been secured, exceeding the 10,000 minimum required to trigger a debate in the NSW Parliament and the petition will be handed to NSW Cabinet Minister and local MP Pru Goward on Thursday, 19th April starting from 1015am.
Battle for Berrima has coordinated the petition over the last 6 months and which 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.
“The entire Sydney Water Catchment is a vital and irreplaceable resource for our generation and for all who will rely upon it in the future”, said Battle for Berrima President, Ken Wilson.
“Before any new coal mines are approved or extensions to existing mines granted, we need to look at the impact of these activities across the entire catchment as well as considering what effects are caused by mining activities that have ceased.
“Here in the Highlands we have a disused coal mine at Medway that has had a significant effect on the Wingecarribee River long after mining concluded and a proposed mine by Hume Coal which according to the applicant will likely affect farmers’ bores and the local water table for 70 years.
“The message of this petition is clear – the protection of the Sydney Water Catchment is an issue which is of vital concern to thousands across the Highlands and NSW”, said Mr Wilson.