30 January 2013
"The health of residents must be paramount"
Blue Mtns Conservation Society has called for community leaders to
place the health of Cullen Bullen residents at the top of their agenda
regarding the Coalpac Consolidation Project. As the final stages of the
application draw near, the company is compelling the region to put jobs
"NSW Health has stated very clearly in
its submission on this proposal that the health impacts for Cullen
Bullen residents are serious. If this proposal were approved, the risk
of mortality for residents would be increased," says Justin McKee, Blue
Mountains Conservation Society.
"It is unfortunate to
see the mining company rallying for support for a ‘jobs verses human
health' argument. This choice of behavior by the Queensland based
company is embarrassingly desperate. An increase in mortality is exactly
that, and nobody of reasonable mind will support it."
majority of residents are seeking clean air, a peaceful environment and
a safe place to send their children to school. These are not
unreasonable demands. They should have the full support of their
"Despite claims that it puts
community first, Coalpac continues to ignore comments from NSW Health
and the Planning and Assessment Commission that its project would
negatively impact residents.
"If Coalpac is serious
about its commitment to the community, it will withdraw its application
and go underground and not place the health of residents at risk.
the public hearing, not a single resident turned out to speak in favour
of Coalpac's proposal which is most likely because only 3% of them
would directly benefit from it. The only official petition lodged with
the NSW Parliament indicates that 125 Cullen Bullen residents oppose the
Coalpac Consolidation Project and want to see the Ben Bullen State
"Protecting the Ben Bullen State
Forest as a State Conservation Area would prevent residents ever having
to go through this process again. Underground coal mining could still
occur, and it would open up new job opportunities through recreational
tourism. The local economy would benefit two-fold.
Blue Mountains Conservation is working closely with the Lithgow
Environment Group, Cullen Bullen residents and our members in Bathurst,
Mudgee and Lithgow to champion their key concerns and will continue to
do so." says Justin McKee.
Media Contacts: Justin McKee 0404 824 020
NSW Health's submission on the Coalpac Consolidation Project can be found from this page:
Blue Mountains Conservation Society
M: 0404 824 020
Posted for Guy Sim