Tarwyn Park to Become a Coal Mine?

The Sydney Morning Herald (25/11/10), Melbourne Age (27/11/10), WAtoday (24/11/10)  published this article by Ben Cubby, Environment Editor:

“Hunter stud owner shuts the gate to stop mining companies bolting across his land”

Is this Hunter Valley coal mine the future for Tarwyn Park? photo courtesy of Australian Longwall magazine and CSIRO

Peter Andrew’s Tarwyn Park neighbour, Craig Shaw, contacted TarwynPark.com.

“Just wanted to make sure you were aware of this article from today’s Sydney Morning Herald about the threat to Tarwyn Park from mining. It’s got a couple of great quotes in it from Gerry Harvey. I’m sure you’d agree: seeing Tarwyn potentially become a mine is soul-destroying and simply beggars belief.”

“I just wanted to clarify something, however.”

“I was with Stuart when he took the call from the Herald’s reporter and nothing was said that should have given that impression; sometimes I guess reporters don’t quite get it right. What WAS said was that negotiations regarding drilling were proceeding and that no access agreements had been signed at this stage, and signing wouldn’t happen until there was some reassurance regarding the potential impacts.”

(The article states… “But Mr Andrews has barred his gates to Anglo American Coal workers seeking to drill bores on the property to locate and measure the coal seams beneath it, and neighbouring landholders have followed suit

And yes, Craig I absolutely agree with you, it more than beggars belief.

Australia has so little quality farmland and to consider it should be desecrated for coal mining, a product that maybe one of the worst energy producing contributors to “Green House Effect” is sheer lunacy. It is beyond absurd that Tarwyn Park  should be be underthreat.

To The Korea Electric Power Corporation  and Australian miner Cockatoo Coal; back off, get your grubby mitts of Tarwyn Park.

Prevent Tarwyn Park &  Bylong becoming a coal mine.  Contact: Bylong Valley Protection Alliance