past 15 years the Australian Coal Alliance (ACA) has
continued to wage the war to protect the drinking water
catchment and the health of the Central Coast community
from the destructiveness of the proposed Wallarah 2
longwall coal mine.
Since majority ownership of Wyong Areas Coal Joint
Venture, the group that holds the exploration lease,
came under the control of South Korean Government-owned
mining giant Kores, and in 2006 the
fight was escalated.
The previous Labor
Government rejected the Wallarah 2 Coal Mine proposal
because of too many uncertainties that the water
catchment of the Central Coast would not be destroyed
and the health of the people
in danger from fine airborne coal dust particles.
The Liberal Party prior to the 2011
State Election promised in writing not once, but three
times that if elected they would not allow the Wallarah
2 mine to proceed. They promised to introduce
legislation into the Parliament to protect the water
catchment area from coal mining. Barry O'Farrell
stood up at a public rally in front of the electronic
media and said, "the next Liberal/National Party
Government will not allow mining to occur here... no
ifs, no buts, a guarantee".
The Liberal Party ran an election
campaign on the Central Coast on the back on the anti
coal campaign, reinforcing their absolute promise. After
the election Minister for Energy and the Central Coast
Chris Hartcher said on ABC Radio, "No candidate would
have been elected had they not opposed the coal mine".
have proven to be untrustworthy. He lied to the people
of the Central Coast and has allowed the Wallarah 2 Coal
Project to submit a new application. Barry O'Farrel is
prepared to put the Central Coast's major drinking water
catchment at risk. He has demonstrated right across NSW
that he is no more than a crumby politician and someone who is unworthy of the position he holds.