For those in Sydney, there is a snap rally at 12:00, on Weds 4/6/14 at Farrer
Place. For details, see
> On 2 Jun 2014, at 14:29, Russell Woodford <>
> Some info about forest clearing in preparation for a mining project. The
> language is rather emotive but if it’s accurate then we need to get on board
> this campaign.
> Russell Woodford
> Birding-Aus List Owner
> I’m writing this from my laptop at the Leard Forest Coal Blockade in northern
> New South Wales with a breaking update and an urgent request for your help.
> Right now, mining giant Whitehaven Coal is sending an army of bulldozers to
> flatten this ancient forest - teeming with threatened species hibernating
> for winter - to make a monster coal mine. We’re forming a human blockade
> which is just managing to hold off the bulldozers before they can cause any
> more carnage.
> Our blockade can’t permanently halt the bulldozers. To really stop this
> latest threat, we need to shame the same politicians who approved this
> destruction to immediately intervene and call off the clearing.
> That’s where you can help today. We’ve launched an emergency petition to
> newly installed NSW Environment and Planning Ministers - Rob Stokes and Pru
> Goward - asking them to stop the animal slaughter in Leard State Forest and
> save this irreplaceable
> [Take action to save the
> You wouldn’t believe some of the lines we’ve read in mining giant
> Whitehaven’s so-called ‘Biodiversity Management Plan’. On tree removal,
> they’ve told contractors to simply shake trees marked as containing hollows
> with machinery “to encourage any animals remaining to leave the hollows and
> move on”. Then they should “gently” push the tree over with their roaring
> bulldozers to avoid injuring or killing hibernating bats and nesting owls .
> Yep, they’re actually serious! It’s so dodgy it sounds like a bad joke -- but
> this is the very conservation plan to which our politicians have given the
> seal of approval.
> Thankfully, public opposition to this rapid and badly planned forest
> clearance is growing, even inside NSW Parliament House. Environment Minister
> Rob Stokes told journalists on Friday he’s “concerned” and that the community
> has a reasonable expectation that due process and community consultation
> should take place . Labor and Greens parliamentarians have also spoken
> out against the clearing of this forest. The future of the Leard State Forest
> is now firmly on the political agenda, so now is the time to act.
> Add your name today to stop the Maules Creek Coal Mine. We’ll hand deliver it
> to the Environment and Planning Ministers during a snap rally in Sydney on
> It's hard to put into words the carnage that has been unleashed in the last
> few days, and it’s going to get worse if we don’t get it stopped. We know
> that a coordinated, grassroots effort is exactly what can save the Leard from
> Big Coal. Just a few weeks ago, activists at the Bentley Blockade
> successfully prevented Metgasco from fracking in the local countryside. Let’s
> do it again in Leard State Forest and put an end to the Maules Creek Coal
> With thanks and determination,
> Nic Clyde
> Senior Climate Campaigner
> Greenpeace Australia Pacific
> PS. Our work today, both on-the-ground and at NSW Parliament House, is a
> truly grassroots, people-powered campaign. Earlier this year, Greenpeace
> supporters pooled over $180,000 to pressure politicians, generate media
> coverage, and arrange direct, on-the-ground interventions just like this.
> Today we’ve reached a crucial moment, and an opportunity, to save Leard State
> Forest. Our action fund is really making a difference -- so thanks if you
> were able to donate. Now, let's ramp our efforts once again to protect this
> place. Please make sure your name is on this emergency
>  Whitehaven Coal Maules Creek Biodiversity Management Plan, 16 May 2014.
>  Patience wears thin as miners drag out environmental plan for Leard State
> Forest, Sydney Morning Herald, 30 May 2014.
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