Residents to rally outside coal mine hearing

Wallarah 2.

Residents to rally outside coal mine hearing David Harris/twitter

There were 23 speakers, all against the proposal, today. No word on when the PAC will make its final decision by.

EARLIER: A large number of people have turned out out at Wyong Golf Club this morning, but they're not teeing it up.

Instead they're 'teeing off' against the $800 million Wallarah 2 long wall coal mine proposal.

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The Planning Assessment Commission is holding a final determination hearing on the project at 9am, after the Department of Planning and Environment referred it to them back in September.

protest will run simultaneous to the hearing, led by Shadow Minister for the Central Coast David Harris and Australian Coal Alliance founder Allan Hayes.

"The Planning Department has continued to show an unwavering bias toward this project," says Mr Hayes.

"(It's) trying to convince the community that, despite putting water resources at risk, a long wall coal mine beneath a major water catchment area is still in the public interest. They've adopted this subjective approach of 'How can we make this happen?'."

"We're urging people to turn up to show the PAC and government that this is unacceptable."

 

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