Let's get the job done! Please make a donation today to help these hard working rural folk get across the line and effectively say no to this 12-year project extension of an unsustainable industry and yes to feeding future generations of Australians.
It takes commitment, skill and sheer hard work for rural folk to win in Court against an open cut coal mine expansion.
Last year, your generous support meant rural community group Oakey Coal Action Alliance (OCCA) could stand strong against the proposed Stage 3 expansion of the New Acland Coal mine and New Acland's massive legal team in Queensland's Land Court.
Remember, OCAA had no choice. If the expansion proceeds a key source of groundwater to farms in this agriculturally-rich Darling Downs area will be under threat. These are the farms and livelihoods of our local producers.
For a record 84 days in the Land Court last year, from March to October, non-profit lawyers EDO Qld legally represented this determined group of people.
With determination and dedication our lawyers and clients came together to deliver a great case and present evidence by experts in air quality, in economics, in noise and above all in the key area of the threatened groundwater impacts of this massive mine. Because, as you know, groundwater is the lifeblood of this farming community.
Now, out of the blue, New Acland Coal has applied successfully to re-open groundwater evidence ... That's right, instead of getting a judgment, the case is back on again.
And we're calling on your help again. We need your support to get our groundwater experts and team back in motion to prepare for a further short hearing in April. The Court is acutely interested in the groundwater issue so this next step could be make or break as to if we convince the Court to recommend refusal. Our resources are exhausted- but we've come too far with this wonderful group of people to give up now.
So, again we ask you - will you stand up for the farmers that put food on your table by making a donation to the case?
We urgently need to raise an extra $20,000 to get our legal team back in motion to prepare for a further short hearing with groundwater experts in April. You know we can run good cases on the smell of an oily rag (no pun intended) and that's what $20,000 would be to New Hope's legal fees. But not for us! It will make a world of difference for our clients.
Please, will you can make a tax deductible donation to support this case?
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