Surprisingly big community meeting to stop Wallarah 2 mine

Community attendees at Ourimbah RSL talking about the Wallarah 2 mineCommunity attendees at Ourimbah RSL talking about the Wallarah 2 mine at a meeting in 2018.

A community meeting was held on Saturday morning Jan 27 to discuss the approval of the Wallarah 2 coal mine by the NSW government’s Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC). The meeting heard from Central Coast Council and the Australian Coast Alliance among others.

The meeting was convened by the Community Plan Central Coast group as an information session for residents interested in informing themselves of the history of the proposed mine. A number of organisations concerned about the mine proposal contributed to the program.

Organisers were expecting a couple of dozen interested locals to attend the morning event at Ourimbah RSL.

Van Davy of the CPCC said, “It quickly became evident that many more people wished to attend,  the line went out the door and down the street”.   “In the end, thanks to the goodwill of the club the meeting was moved out of the meeting room and into the main auditorium to cater for the 200 odd people who arrived,” said Mr Davy.

Speakers include Central Coast Mayor Jane Smith, Alan Hayes or the Australian Coal Alliance, Jeremy Buckingham MLC, Abigal Boyd, Clr. Jeff Sundstrom, Gary Blaschke, Mike Campbell, Community Environment Network, Bob Graham ex-Mayor of Wyong.

Alan Hayes of the Australian Coal Alliance spoke at the community forum at Ourimbah

Alan Hayes of the Australian Coal Alliance spoke at the community forum at Ourimbah

Alexia Martinez, Jilliby Farmer

Alexia Martinez, Jilliby Farmer

The meeting carried 2 motions unanimously both supporting the Australian Coal Alliance in their efforts to stop the Wallarah 2 mine through political lobbying and legal action.

Source: Video News interviews and FaceBook posts Community Plan Central Coast.

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