The NSW Farmers Annual Conference kicked off yesterday with a number of proposals [PDF Download] put forward by the local Coonabarabran branch for members to vote on. Along with farming-related motions dealing with towing agricultural equipment and a call for a review of some the LLS activities, the branch has called under the “Environmental” heading for the conference to vote on “That public land not be excluded from underground mining.“
With the current Shenhua and previous CSG in the Pilliga mines having a possible impact on farmers’ livelihoods through aquifer contamination it would seem there is an opposing train of thought locally to the rest of the delegates at the conference in calling for the expansion of where mining can take place. Compare the Pottinger Districts’ motion that precedes the Coonabarabran groups’ “That there be a moratorium placed on the mining and coal seam gas industries until the impacts on water resources are agreed, based on scientific data.” Pottinger’s motion would seem to be more in keeping with the rest of the farming community, demonstrated by a motion of urgency proposed at the beginning of today’s proceedings to immediately halt the approval of the Shenhua mine.
Voting on these motions will occur tomorrow morning between 8 and 9:30 and you can watch proceedings live by using this link