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Springvale long wall coal mine extension an environmental blunder

Environment Minister Tony Burke's approval of the extension to the Springvale longwall mine, with its clear threats to the areas sandstone landscape and ecosystem, on the day the CSIRO's State of the Environment Report forecasts worsening global warming suggests a government blind to evidence of environmental damage caused by coal mining, says Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

"Minister Burke has thumbed his nose at evidence of the threats to this unique area from long wall mining," said Senator Rhiannon who is due to visit the site next week said.

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Greens throw weight behind World Heritage push for Royal National Park

 Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon has signalled that the Australian Greens will stand squarely behind the growing campaign to give World Heritage listing to the Royal National Park and nearby Garawarra State Conservation Area and Heathcote National Park.
 
Senator Rhiannon today launched a video in support of the campaign: http://lee-rhiannon.greensmps.org.au/royalnationalpark.
 

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Laman St figs: Greens Leader Bob Brown congratulates activists

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon have written an open letter to community campaigners working to save the Laman Street figs, congratulating them on their efforts and wishing them well in the ongoing case before the NSW Land and Environment Court.

"Maintaining a principled and effective campaign in such a tense and emotional environment deserves congratulation," Senator Rhiannon said.

"These figs inhabit the heart of Newcastle and many hearts of Newcastle residents.

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Senate report: hope for vulnerable NSW koalas

Recommendations of a Senate inquiry report into vulnerable koalas, tabled today and instigated by Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, will help halt the dramatic decline in koala numbers in NSW if they are implemented, says Greens Senator for NSW and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

Bob Brown and Lee Rhiannon called for a national inquiry in August 2010, during the Federal election campaign. Koala populations are particularly vulnerable in areas of the central, mid- north and north coasts, parts of the north-west and south coasts.

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