Battle for Berrima president Ken Wilson presents the petition to the Member for Goulburn Pru Goward which will be debated in state parliament next week. Photo by Lauren StrodeA COALmine in the Southern Highlands will be under the state spotlight next week.
Nanjing Night Net

Earlier this monththe Highlands action group Battle for Berrima presented the Member for Goulburn Pru Goward with a petition opposing the Hume Coal Project.

The petition contained more than 16,000 signatures and will be debated in state parliament on August 25.

But Hume Coal project director Greig Duncan said it was disappointing that Ms Goward and members of the community had chosen to “ignore” the assessment process.

Battle for Berrima president Ken Wilson said this was a “great victory for democracy”.

“More than 16,000 people have said to their elected representatives that this proposed coal mine by Korean owned Hume Coal is too risky to place in the water supply of the Southern Highlands and Sydney,” he said.

“Battle for Berrima is very pleased that the local member Pru Goward has supported our call for a full parliamentary debate on this critical issue.”

However Mr Duncan said the petition showed a “blatant disregard” for the people who relied on the mining industry as a career.

“The state government has a rigorous process in place for the assessment of mining applications. It’s very disappointing in a time when there’s a shortage of jobs that the Member for Goulburn and others have decided instead to pander to small, vocal minority groups,” he said.

“Hume Coal wants a fair go, with decisions based on fact instead of emotion, rumour and hearsay.”

The debate will take place at 4.30pm on August 25 and Mr Wilson said members of the Highlands community would attend en masse in a further demonstration of their opposition to the mine.

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