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500 Protest At Hunter Valley Coal Mine Rally

Friday, 18th December 2009

Meanwhile in NSW, 500 people (the majority on horseback) rallied on the streets of Scone in the Hunter Valley yesterday to protest against the Bickham Coal Company’s plans in the district. The Upper Hunter represents the world’s 2nd largest thoroughbred breeding ground: it supplies 30% of thoroughbred foals born in Australia each year, 71.6% of yearlings sold at Australian yearling sales, 75% of Australian stallion service fees & in excess of 1,000 local jobs. Studs in the area include Arrowfield, Vinery, Darley, Bellerive, Cressfield, Willow Tree, Yarraman Park, Coolmore, Murulla, Turangga, Kia-Ora, Invermien & Middlebrook. Among the speakers at the rally, Peter White noted: “This isn’t an anti-mining rally per se. It's anti this particular mine. Bickham proposes to build its mine 150m from the Pages River. Although much of this water system flows underground, the Pages River is the most historic tributary of the Hunter River which underpins our horse capital. This region has a proven longevity beyond the 25 years of this limited resource mine. We must protect our living water.” (Nov 30)

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