The community in Newcastle is celebrating a victory against the march of new coal developments this week.
© Coal Terminal Action Group
Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) this week confirmed to a conference in the Hunter Valley the controversial fourth coal export terminal may be shelved. Why? It’s the result of falling demand for coal and the concerted efforts community action against growing coal exports. It’s good news for the planet too – coal exports are Australia’s biggest contribution to climate change.
Congratulations Newcastle! This incredible news demonstrates what community action can achieve when we stand up to the coal industry. What’s more, it shows that if we continue to take action together against other destructive coal developments, we can win.
Last month, over 1500 Novocastrians took to the streets to protest against Terminal Four. Hundreds of households have been surveyed about their views on the proposal, revealing a high degree of concern that the health of people living near the existing coal terminals and rail lines is being affected by coal dust already.
PWCS’ CEO, Henry du Plooy originally planned to open Terminal Four as soon as 2015. Now, it’s looking as though it might not go ahead at all – due in no small part to community activism. As he told the conference this week:
"There is no doubt the anti-coal lobby is making good on its commitment to specifically target T4 with the aim of stopping it to stop further expansion of the Hunter Valley coal industry."
The campaign continues in Queensland
The Rainbow Warrior visited Newcastle two weeks ago to support the campaign against Terminal 4. This week, the Warrior is in Queensland to support communities taking a stand against other monster coal terminals. One is proposed at Dudgeon Point in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. It’s not far from Mackay, where locals have raised concerns about the health impacts of coal dust. Find out more about the Warrior’s tour of Australia to #SaveTheReef.
You can join the voices calling for a halt to the T4 coal terminal by telling the NSW Government that the health of the community is more important than the profits of the coal industry. Take action here: http://stopt4.org.au/
Once again, congratulations to activists in Newcastle from everyone at Greenpeace!