Farmers in court seeking urgent injunction to stop work on winter clearing in Leard Forest

Media Release 10.36AM  10 June 2014

The Maules Creek Community Council is applying for an urgent injunction to stop operational clearing in the Leard Forest at a hearing in the NSW Land and Environment Court underway now.

The MCCC are arguing that work should stop at least while current court proceedings against Whitehaven Coal, relating to winter clearing in the forest, are underway.

Late on Friday the MCCC, represented by law experts EDO NSW, launched legal action to stop clearing of the Leard Forest for the Maules Creek Coal Mine near Narrabri in north-west NSW.

The civil enforcement proceedings argue that Whitehaven is in breach of its development consent by clearing the forest during the winter months when animals, including threatened species, are hibernating.

Spokesman for the MCCC Phil Laird said, “We believe that the clearing of Leard Forest during the winter months is unlawful and while that legal argument is heard in court, work at the site needs to cease.

“We are seeking an urgent injunction to stop the bulldozers from flattening anymore of this unique and fragile ecosystem.”

Arguments are currently underway at the NSW Land and Environment Court, at Court 10B, Level 4, 225 Macquarie St, Sydney 

Further comment: Phil Laird 0428 712 622

EDO contact Jon Walter 0404 647 842

Lock the Gate’s Carmel Flint is at the court this morning 0400 521 474