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 community lunches every Saturday, but of course everybody is willing to come at any time.

So far the camp has brought together farmers, environmentalists, shooters and even a couple of people who work at the mines but nevertheless support the campaign. The scale of devastation and impacts of mining is so great out here that the only interests that aren’t affected are those of the shareholders in the mines (like Robert Kuok, Malaysia’s richest man, whose palm oil company Welmar has been accused of serious environmental and human rights abuses including the violation of indigenous land tenure, the burning of rainforests and illegal logging).

One of the big questions for the local community is about the Shooters Party, who hold the balance of power in the NSW upper house. Where is Robert Brown in all of this? Leard Forest is a popular location for recreational shooters who hunt feral pigs and goats, but the mining company has locked the public out of much of the forest. The Nationals Party has also been notable in their silence about Maules Creek, which explains the big shift towards independents in mining-affected farming communities.

Monday was interrupted by a massive bang that reverberated through the forest and send birds flying in all directions and chirping in fright for the next five minutes. The mining company uses explosives on Mondays at midday to blast gaping  holes in the forest floor, exposing coal seams before the coal is mined and hauled off to port.

More people are arriving over the next week to support the camp – hopefully you will be one of them!

Advertisements

One comment

  1. Tim Scrace · · Reply

    Great work everybody. As someone who saw Leard before the mining, it is an absolute crime what has happened. Power to the people!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: