It has been a busy few months!
It’s Winter in the Southern Highlands and the crisp days, clean air and beautiful Highlands’ landscape are all reminders why this battle to protect our home is so important.
We’ve seen also the incredible fauna out and about this Winter including the spectacular footage of the platypus feeding in the Wingecarribee River in the heart of Berrima. That’s the same water catchment that Hume Coal wants approval for a massive underground coal mine and into which the Boral Colliery is discharging thousands of litres a day of water polluted with heavy metals.
The reality is that the platypuses of Berrima are at enormous risk from the impacts of mining on their habitats, the water in which they live and the insect and animal life they rely on to survive.
You can watch this really special footage here:
Community Update on 17th July 2018
We’ve been really busy at Battle for Berrima and wanted to update you on all the activity.
We will be holding a Community Update on 17th July 2018 from 530pm at the Surveyor General Inn, 22 Old Hume Highway, Berrima.
Please RSVP and let us know if you’re coming – firstname.lastname@example.org
Battle for Berrima Flies the Flag at the Time2Choose Rally in Sydney
B4B along with other community groups, attended a massive state wide rally of 10,000 people, all voicing their concerns about Coal mining within the Sydney Water Catchment areas. We marched from Parliament House through central Sydney to Prince Alfred Park.
Petition Debate - Use links to watch all the action!
We had an incredibly successful day witnessing the debate of our 13500+ strong petition at the NSW Parliament. Watch our fantastic rally outside Parliament with speakers including Jeremy Buckingham MLC who you can watch here , Pru Goward MP, Lock The Gate as well as music and dozens of supporters making the point loud and clear to our elected politicians. It was also a capacity crowd that filed into Parliament to hear the petition debated with almost all speakers supporting the motion. Watch the coverage here on Nine Illawarra!
You can watch some of the speakers here:
MP for Upper Hunter
MP for Wyong
MP for Goulburn
You can also read the Hansard here.
Boral Refuses a second time to attend Community Briefing
We were very disappointed that Boral refused for a second time to meet with the Southern Highlands Community and talk about how their plans to try and stop the ongoing water contamination (watch here) from the Berrima (Medway) Colliery.
The company was unable to attend the urgent Community Briefing in May that was attended by Dr Ian Wright and also the EPA, which briefed the community on the crisis.
An invitation for Boral to come in June to address community concerns about the impact of the heavy metal discharge flowing from the mine on the environment, the effect on the Wingecarribee River, the Sydney Drinking water Catchment and the flora and fauna, was also refused by the company.
We are at a loss as to why Boral won’t do the right thing and speak directly to all Highland residents about this issue – but don’t worry we are staying on the case. Read the media on this here.
Time2Choose at the City to Surf
Lock the Gate is calling on all runners to build a team to run, jog or walk the 14km City2Surf Fun Run. By participating you’ll help keep farmland and precious water free from coal and gas pollution.
LTG would love you to join the race to protect our future and to help us raise vital funds for the #Time2Choose campaign.
You can be part of something big by entering the race. Your friends and family can contribute by sponsoring your effort! Enter here.
Can you help Battle for Berrima and save our Platypus???
The Battle for Berrima is far from finished as Hume Coal is only expected to respond to the 13000+ submissions lodged in response to their EIS, towards the beginning of July. We still have a lot of work ahead of us as we continue to raise awareness of the potential risks of coal mining on a massive scale in the Highlands.
If you are able to donate time, skills or any help at all, then we would love to hear from you. Email our volunteer coordinators Ian and Jill on email@example.com and help join the fight for the whole Southern Highlands.
The Southern Highlands – and our platypus – thank you!!!!!