Safeguarding Agricultural Land and Water from mining
Greens MP and mining spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has a new Greens bill to protect prime agricultural land and water in NSW from damage cause by mining and exploration – the Mining (Safeguarding Agricultural Land and Water From Mining) Amendment Bill 2009.
The world is facing the prospects of increasing food insecurity. A chorus of climate change scientists are predicting that there will be smaller average harvests around the world, predicting that some areas will become unfarmable. High quality farming land is a finite, limited and precious resource. Successive Governments have failed to protect it from greedy mining interests.
In 2008 Lee met with Gunnedah Basin farmers to inspect the
potential impact of BHP Billiton's Caroona coal exploration lease
Water supplies in our state's prime agricultural producing areas, such as Gunnedah basin and the Gloucester Valley, are threatened by the runaway expansion of the coal industry in NSW. The evidence is already in that open cut and long wall coal mining causes lasting damage to aquifers and water catchment areas. The Greens have been strong backers of the Caroona farmers in their fight to save the Liverpool Plains black soil farming lands.
Mining interests have won out over farming for decades under the current Labor and previous Coalition governments. This Labor Government have been keen backers of the coal industry, at the expense of local communities, rivers and underground water resources and the environment. Farming communities have been short changed with Ian Macdonald as the responsible Minister for agriculture because he also has the mining portfolio.
SIGN THE PETITION AGAINST MINING ON THE LIVERPOOL PLAINS:
The Caroona Coal Action Group has launched a petition against mining on the Liverpool Plains to prevent damage to human health, to the future of agriculture and the protection of water courses and aquifiers in this fragile region. Click on this link to sign the petition.
Greens Bill to safeguard agriculture from mining
Greens MP and mining spokesperson Lee Rhiannon introduced into the NSW Parliament in May 2009 the Mining (Safeguarding Agricultural Land and Water From Mining) Amendment Bill 2009. The bill sought to stop mining exploration and development, all mining but particularly coal, from encroaching on prime agricultural land. It was defeated by Government MPs, the Shooters Party and Rev Fred Nile. The campaign continues . . .
The rally outside NSW Parliament House with Greens and farmers was a great success!
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News about the bill:
Commenting on the passing of the Government's Land Access Bill late last night in the NSW Parliament, Greens MP and mining spokesperson Lee Rhiannon accused the Labor government of doing the mining industry's bidding by overturning a recent Supreme Court decision that favoured Caroona farmers over BHP Billiton.
Greens MP Lee Rhiannon today called on NSW Mineral Resources Minister Ian Macdonald to disclose the deal struck between the NSW government and China Shenhua Energy following comments this week by Shenhua's senior vice-president Mr Wang that the company was considering mining underneath rivers and building a coal-fired power plant on the Liverpool Plains.
Media release: Speaking at a community meeting at 10am Friday 17th July 2009 in Mullaley on the Liverpool Plains, Greens MP and mining spokesperson Lee Rhiannon will call for an end to coal seam gas exploration and extraction on the best food-producing land in the Gunnedah Basin.
Greens MP Lee Rhiannon, 17 June 2009 - Media Release: Greens MP and mining spokesperson Lee Rhiannon says news that China's biggest coal mining company, China Shenhua Energy, is purchasing prime agricultural land in the Watermark area where it has exploration rights suggests it is confident that approval will be granted for its mining venture to go ahead.
Lee Rhiannon gave the following speech in NSW Parliament on 14/5/2009 for the Greens new bill - Mining Amendment (Safeguarding agricultural land and water from mining) Bill 2009.
Greens MP and mining spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has kicked off debate in the NSW parliament on the Greens bill to stop mining on prime farmland in NSW and protect precious water resources and food production.
Greens MP and mining spokesperson Lee Rhiannon is set to introduce a Greens bill into the NSW Parliament to protect prime agricultural land and water in NSW from damage cause by mining and exploration – the Mining (Safeguarding Agricultural Land and Water From Mining) Amendment Bill 2009.
Greens MP and mining spokesperson has called on Mining and Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald to back the Caroona farmers in their fight to save the Liverpool Plains black soil farming lands. (Sydney Morning Herald 13 April 2009, page 3)
Greens MP and mining spokesperson Lee Rhiannon says it is disappointing that Mining Minister Ian Macdonald sees no role for his government in ensuring that the Chinese owned coal mining giant China Shenhua Energy acts responsibly when consulting with local farmers in the Gunnedah region.
NSW Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald is standing by the poker machine waiting to pull a jackpot for the coal mining industry. But who will get the prizes? Currently on offer to foreign and local mining companies are 13 coal exploration licences, writes Alex Mitchell in 'Crickey', 3 Feb 2009