For over 20 years, locals on the NSW Central Coast have been fighting off a proposed coal mine in the Dooralong and Yarramalong valleys above Wyong.
The area is an important part of the drinking water catchment for over 300,000 people, and the proposed coal mine threatens to take millions of litres of water each year out of the catchment, and pollute local waterways. Even the mining company and the NSW government admit that.
The mine also threatens the health of local residents, and the rights of the Darkinjung Aboriginal Land Council, which has plans for residental development adjacent to the mine site, and remains staunchly opposed to the project.
The Central Coast Council and the Member for Wyong remain opposed to the coal mine due to its impact on the water catchment and on local people. For the same reasons, the mine application was rejected by the previous state government. Celebrations in the local community were short-lived: the mining company simply resubmitted their development application to the current state government.
The NSW Liberal Party was elected to government after promising to stop the Wallarah 2 Coal Project and protect our drinking water catchment for good.
But they broke that promise. The Liberal-National government of NSW has now given its final approval to the coal mine.
We'll see them in court.
Update (April 2018): We've filed our court case. Stay tuned for hearing dates.
We're a local community group that has lead the campaign against the Wallarah 2 Coal Project. We've done everything we can to stop this mine. We've mobilised local people, we've held rallies and marches, we've commissioned expert reports, we've written countless submissions, we've engaged the media, and we've met with politicians and bureaucrats of all stripes. We've beaten the mine proposal before, and we were promised that it would be gone for good. But now it's been approved.
We've only got one avenue left to stop the coal mine - challenging the approval in court.
We can't do this on our own.
Court cases aren't cheap, and we'll be pitting ourselves against the resources of the state government and the mining company. We'll need to hire lawyers and commission experts, and we'll need to be ready for a long fight.
Please chuck in whatever you can afford to help us put water before coal.