Water is extraordinarily precious in Australia. Devastating drought and catastrophic bushfires are soul-destroying and water supply is currently front and centre in our minds.
The Indian billionaire Adani is intent on opening up the Galilee Basin with his Carmichael coal mine – with diabolical consequences for ground and surface water. His massive mine proposal already includes the extraction of billions of litres of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin every year – for 60 years – for free. Now he seeks to rob our surface water as well. The issues facing the Murray Darling system have shown that surface water is a vital agricultural, pastoral and environmental resource.
Federal Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley is currently re-assessing Adani’s North Galilee Water Scheme. The NGWS proposal includes a large water reservoir, a 61km pipeline and annual extraction of up to 12.5 billion litres of water from the Suttor River for the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project and other proposed neighbouring coal mines. At a time of severe drought and climate crisis – this is outrageous!
We want Minister Ley to commit to a full Environmental Impact Statement – particularly focusing on water, not just koalas, like her last attempt. Her approval is essential to Adani having an operational coal mine with the probable flow-on of further mega-mines swallowing up the entire Galilee Basin.
Join us outside Sussan Ley’s office on Thursday 21st November (12:30 – 1:30 pm) to fight for our water, our environment, our communities, our future and our children. Invite your friends and networks.
Send Sussan a personalised message on our whiteboard and honk if you are driving past!
Come for 15 minutes or stay and chat.
For more info, contact Jan Hastings at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tracey Esler on 0419470458 or email@example.com