Mudgee Guardian. By Don Mahoney, 26 Nov, 2010
Harvey Norman executive chairman Gerry Harvey has spoken out against the proposed coal mining of the Bylong Valley.
Mr Harvey said proposals to mine the valley, including to Peter Andrew’s “Tarwyn Park”, home of Natural Sequence Farming, were “sheer lunacy”.
“Tarwyn Park is a living case study of how we can get it right when it comes to water use and sustainable agriculture. The place should be a bloody shrine, not a hole in the ground,” Mr Harvey said.
“The irony – and stupidity – of possibly losing a place like Tarwyn Park to mining is simply breathtaking. What the hell are they thinking?”
“Tarwyn Park” is regarded as a leading example of how degraded landscapes can be restored and natural water systems replenished.
If the coal mine goes ahead, the results of Mr Andrew’s revolutionary farming practices may be lost as the property lies wholly within the boundaries of the current exploration area.