Community Group launches Legal Action to Stop Clearing in Leard Forest

The Maules Creek Community Council has today launched legal action to stop the clearing of the Leard State Forest for the controversial Maules Creek Coal Mine, near Narrabri in north-west NSW.

6 June 2014

Friday 6 June 2014, 5:45pm

The community group, represented by the environmental law experts EDO NSW, has commenced civil enforcement proceedings against Whitehaven Coal in the NSW Land and Environment Court.  

The community group is seeking an injunction to stop the operational clearing of Leard State Forest on the grounds that Whitehaven is in breach of its development consent by clearing the forest during winter when animals, including threatened species, are hibernating. A breach of a development consent contravenes the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The application for the injunction to stop the forest clearing is expected to be heard in the Land and Environment Court next week. 

The new Maules Creek coal mine involves the clearing of 1385 hectares of forest including 624 hectares of rare forest such as the Box-Gum Woodland, listed as an Endangered Ecological Community. These areas provide habitat for threatened species including Koalas, the Swift Parrot and the Regent Honeyeater.

For more information contact: Jon Walter 0404647842