Environmental defender, Natalie Lowrey, just released from detention in Malaysia will deliver eviction notice to Lynas in Sydney
Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and environmental defender Natalie Lowrey will outline their continuing solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of Malaysians that oppose Lynas Corporations toxic and polluting rare earth refinery in Malaysia.
Ms Lowrey will deliver an eviction notice to Australian company Lynas' headquarters in Sydney on behalf of the 1.2 million Malaysians who want the company to shut down their plant.
Ms Lowrey has just returned from Malaysia where she was arrested and detained for 6 days for her peaceful solidarity action at the Himpunan Hijau (Green Assembly) 622 Shut Down Lynas protest outside the rare earth refinery in Gebeng, Kuantan.
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Newcastle Greens will be holding an action outside NSW Parliament House to highlight the waste of money and inconvenience removing the heavy rail line between Wickham and Newcastle stations will have on Newcastle commuters and travellers. It is estimated that these changes will add 10 - 20 minutes travelling time to those travelling to Newcastle.
Newcastle Greens will erect a temporary gate/arch with a banner "Newcastle Transport Interchange" in front of the entrance and ask all those entering Parliament House to wait just 2 minutes at the gate to experience some of the frustration Newcastle travellers have to put up with if these new changes are implemented. We will also ask each person to donate $60 to the Newcastle Greens which represents the amount of money each man woman and child in NSW will be shelling out to pay for these changes.
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today called on Police Minister Michael Gallacher to resist pressure from coal seam gas company Metgasco to use the NSW Police Force to break a community blockade at Bentley, near Lismore, particularly given the company has close ties to the Coalition government through lobbyists and relatives of MPs.
"The NSW Police Force should not be used as private security to allow a coal seam gas company to force its way into a community that has overwhelmingly rejected the presence of gas fields in the Northern Rivers," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
Greens NSW Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has called on the government to immediately and permanently protect the Ben Bullen State Forest and nearby areas, including the iconic stone pagodas, from coal mining. Coalpac has displayed plans to mine 315 Ha of Ben Bullen State Forest, around six months after the Planning Assessment Commission recommended a similar project be refused.
'When Coalpac withdrew their proposal to mine coal in the Ben Bullen State Forest after the Planning Assessment Commission recommended its refusal, the Government had a real opportunity to step in and permanently protect the area.
"Now there is yet another plan to dig coal out of the Ben Bullen State Forest, if the Minister does not declare the Ben Bullen State Forest and other related areas a national park, we could lose this precious environment forever.
"When I visited the spectacular stone pagodas late last year, it is very clear that this unique natural area in urgent need of protection.
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today expressed his dismay that the government’s centrepiece policy to protect groundwater, the Aquifer Interference policy, will not apply to the assessment of Santos’ 850 gas well project, despite admissions from Santos that there are risks to aquifers, a record of contamination incidents and the fact that it sits above a Great Artesian Basin recharge area.
Jeremy Buckingham Greens mining agriculture spokesperson will introduce a call for papers into parliament under Standing Order 52 seeking all information regarding the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Government and Santos and the EPA's handling of the revelations that Santos contaminated an aquifer in the Pilliga with uranium and other heavy metals.
"The Greens want to know why it took a year for this information about the aquifer contamination to become public. Why the fine was so paltry? Why the media were not properly alerted by the EPA?," asked Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.