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Issue #1778      May 24, 2017

Concern over coal mine bid

Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) joined with members of the wider community for a recent rally to voice their opposition to the Korean government majority-owned Wallarah 2 Coal mine in the Wyong Valley on the NSW central coast.

The rally outside the Wyong Golf Club.

The rally, attended by about 150 people, coincided with an opportunity for people to voice their opinions about the mining proposal at the Planning Assessment Commission public hearing at Wyong Golf Club.

Speakers opposed and supported plans by Kores Australia, a subsidiary of Korea Resources Corporation, for the underground coal mine. The $800 million underground Wallarah 2 Coal Project has been on the drawing board since 1995 and would be near Bushells Ridge, north of Wyong town centre. It is expected to produce five million tonnes of coal a year for 28 years.

“Our land, our rights, our future – we will continue to fight for our rights” was the clear message sent by Darkinjung LALC to the NSW government in the wake of the recent decision by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to recommend the approval of the Wallarah 2 Coal project.


The approval has been met with vocal opposition by many in the region including Wyong Council, which raised concerns about the effects on water quality in the immediate area if the mine were to go ahead.

Darkinjung LALC chief executive Sean Gordon says his council is the largest private property owner around the mine, holding most of the land between the northern rail line and the Wallarah 2 Coal Mine.

“Our land at North Wyong is invaluable to Darkinjung’s members and the people of the central coast and is critical to our future growth and delivery of programs and housing sustainability in the region,” he said.

“Darkinjung has attempted negotiations with Wallarah 2, but it is our right to develop the land we own to build economic sustainability for our community.”

Gordon asked the Planning and Assessment Committee meeting, “Do people want to buy next to a coal mine?”

“For 230 years the Aboriginal community has been crippled economically and the first opportunity we get as Aboriginal people to build an economic base, build homes, create jobs and provide opportunities, not just for our people but the whole community, we’re kicked to the kerb for a coal mine,” he said.

“It cruels me every time I drive up into the Hunter Valley and see these massive holes in the ground and the destruction of land.”

Mr Gordon went as far as to describe the mine proponent’s offering of jobs and procurement as a “beads and trinket offering”

Koori Mail

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