Monthly Archives: August 2012

Happy 21st – Day 21 in the Forest!

The third week of the Leard Forest blockade marked a major victory as Nathan Tinkler spectacularly failed to buy out the rest of Whitehaven Coal, who own the Tarrawonga mine and the vexed Maules Creek Coal Project. As Noble Group was being courted by the Tinkler camp, Front Line Action on Coal sent them and […]

Day 13

Hi all, This blog entry is by guest bloggers Alana, Daniel and Alex from Sydney. We left Sydney after class on Friday and made it here by about 9pm- a bit of a spur of the moment trip after realising we all had a free weekend to come and visit. Arriving in the dark we […]

Open letter to Investors, Financiers and Analysts

To whom it may concern, We are writing in relation to Whitehaven Coal’s operations in Leard State Forest, New South Wales, Australia and the proposed takeover bid by Aston Resources. Whitehaven’s coal projects are the Maules Creek Coal Project, an expensive, marginal and controversial new open-pit coking coal mine, and the Tarrawonga Coal Mine, an […]

Day 10 in the Forest

Busy camp, belated blog – Front Line Action on Coal is still camped in Leard Forest! Saturday was community day at camp with about a dozen locals turning up (more than we expected at short notice). The kids made a banner “No Mining Forests” which everybody got the opportunity to sign. We will be having […]

Day 6 in the Forest

Waking up in the mornings to the natural music of the forest can be a bit disorienting – as if you’re camping in a beautiful location. Then you notice the roars of the machines and remember – yes, we are camping in a beautiful location that is under threat from mining corporations. Seven different decades […]

Day 4 in the Forest

It was an early start today – the frost was still formed on the cooking pans as we started to fuel the fire. Our camping fire hasn’t gone out since we arrived here last Sunday, and neither has our drive. A bunch of us headed down to Gunnedah to meet Kamilaroi elder Mick Horne, of […]

Day 3 – a visit from the mine

The moon hasn’t risen yet over the mine-pit – for a while we thought it was mine-lights but when it rises, the waning moon provides good light out here at Leard State Forest. The mines themselves let out an eery glow, obscuring some of the stars, although it is still more starry here than in […]