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Senator Rhiannon congratulates protest shutdown of Whitehaven's Tarrawonga mine

Lee Rhiannon 11 Mar 2013

Greens NSW Senator and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Front Line Action on Coal for today's action at Whitehaven's Tarrawonga Mine, a proposed development which will destroy 150 hectares of both prime farmland and state forest.

"Today's action is needed because of the failure of the federal and the NSW governments to protect the local environment and take action on climate change," Senator Rhiannon said.
"The peaceful direct action at the main gate is a constructive way to highlight the need to protect this important food producing region.

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Budget estimates - Lee Rhiannon questions Minister and forests department

Lee Rhiannon 19 Feb 2013

Greens Senator and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon asks questions of Minister Ludwig and departmental staff about forests.

Senate Estimates - Monday, 11 February 2013


Senator Ludwig, Minister Assisting on Queensland Floods Recovery, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry


Mr Andrew Metcalfe, Secretary

Ms Rona Mellor, Deputy Secretary

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Rumoured Eden chip mill closure: transition plan needed

Lee Rhiannon 22 Nov 2012

To protect jobs and ensure the long term sustainability of the economy in South East NSW local MPs Andrew Constance and Mike Kelly should read the writing on the wall and work on a transition plan for workers at the Eden chip mill which is strongly rumoured to soon close, says Australian Greens forests spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"Despite the grey clouds hanging over South East Fibre Exports' Eden chip mill both Andrew Constance and Mike Kelly continue to paint the sky as blue," Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said.

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Koalas and Maules Creek coal mine

Last week I found myself asking the question - Which is more precious: a koala colony or a new coal mine?

In NSW, the state government's Planning and Assessment Commission has given the go-ahead for the new Maules Creek Coal Mine.  In doing so it has approved the destruction of large tracts of valuable koala habitat in North West NSW for a massive open-cut coal mine proposal that would destroy 2,000 hectares, or around 2,800 football fields, of forest.

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