Protect Gomeroi Sacred Sites

Protect Gomeroi Sacred Sites

Shenhua Energy has requested a fourth extension of its exploration licence for the proposed Shenhua Watermark Coal Project after it failed to apply for a mining licence by 30 June 2020. 

The project will see an open cut coal mine on the Liverpool Plains near Gunnedah right in the middle of our state’s food bowl. 

Minister for Industries John Barilaro now has the legal right to cancel this mine but is considering granting another extension. 

The mine will destroy numerous Aboriginal artefacts and sacred sites belonging to the Gomeroi People including grinding grooves showing markings of spears being sharpened ...

Shenhua Energy has requested a fourth extension of its exploration licence for the proposed Shenhua Watermark Coal Project after it failed to apply for a mining licence by 30 June 2020. 

The project will see an open cut coal mine on the Liverpool Plains near Gunnedah right in the middle of our state’s food bowl. 

Minister for Industries John Barilaro now has the legal right to cancel this mine but is considering granting another extension. 

The mine will destroy numerous Aboriginal artefacts and sacred sites belonging to the Gomeroi People including grinding grooves showing markings of spears being sharpened for battle, burial sites and sacred trees. 

Dolly Talbot, representing the traditional custodians, the Gomeroi People, has filed proceedings in the Federal Court to have the project’s approval overturned. 

The mine will also destroy 4,000 hectares of fertile agricultural land on the  Liverpool Plains including 800 hectares of koala  habitat and drain massive amounts of precious groundwater.  

The mine will extract 10 million tonnes of coal a year over 30 years despite being in the midst of a climate emergency and declining global demand for coal.

We must stand with the Gomeroi People to stop this mine destroying their sacred sites and cultural heritage. 

 

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Take action

The only way to protect these sacred sites is for the Shenhua mine to not go ahead. 

The Upper House of the NSW Parliament recently passed my motion calling on the Government to ensure these sites are not destroyed after the senseless destruction of ancient rock shelters at Juukun Gorge in WA by Rio Tinto.

Add your name now to ask National Party Minister and Deputy Premier John Barilaro to revoke Shenhua’s mining lease. 

 

 

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