Call to action: Come to Maules Creek in the Leard State Forest

Saturday, 14th December 2013 (all day)

Location: Leard State Forest blockade camp, Leard Forest Road.

This event is in the past.

It’s time: construction of the Maules Creek coal mine in Leard State Forest is about to begin, and we need your help.

Over the last four years, the campaign against the Maules Creek mine, near Boggabri, has severely delayed the project, despite support from the State and Federal governments and the ANZ bank. It's been an amazing effort. Many of you will know that a decision is pending on a Federal Court challenge against the mine's approval by Tony Burke and you might have seen recently the Maules Creek farmers calling for people outside the area to come and help them defend Leard State Forest from being clearfelled for the mine at this crucial juncture. Well, many of us will be going to do that in just over two weeks -- and we hope that you will be there, too.

Maules Creek is on the national stage, and over 100 people have visited the forest to see for themselves what will be lost if the mine goes ahead and to talk to local farmers and indigenous Traditional Owners about their campaign to save the land, the forest and the community from coal.

Now we need 100 people to come together on 14-16 December to the Leard forest Act-up, to protest the imminent construction of the mine.

Please come and join us for three days of planning, training and peaceful action to protect Leard State Forest.

When: 14-16 December

Where: Leard State Forest blockade camp, Leard Forest Road. (see directions here)
What: Over 100 people joining together for training, planning, workshops and peaceful action to stop the mine.

If you have been to Leard State Forest over the last four years, if you love biodiversity, if you think community health and cultural heritage should be protected from coal mines, if you want action on climate change, if you think the coal industry has gone too far … be part of this historic moment.

For more information, contact: Jason on 0401 468 139

What do I need to bring?
Please come with everything you need to camp self-sufficiently, including water, food and equipment. You will need a tent and sleeping bag, camping mat, torch and cooking and eating equipment if you have it. It is likely to be very hot, so make sure you bring a water bottle, sunscreen, appropriate clothing for the sun, and a hat.

Do you want to help?
We are looking for experienced facilitators and non-violent action trainers to mentor and support during the weekend, and other support people. We also need help in getting the word out and preparing the blockade camp for an influx of people. Please get in touch if you are able to help us pull off this big idea at short notice.


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