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Central Coast Express Advocate - Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Mine Dust-up

  Coalition says no to coal mining at Blue Haven rally  


Previous NSW opposition leader Peter Debnam with concerned residents


Blue Haven and San Remo would become the "coal dust capitals of the Central Coast" if a proposed coal mine goes ahead.

That's the warning from Australian Coal Alliance spokesman Alan Hayes.

The organisation is fighting a proposal by Korean mining giant to build a longwall coal mine in the Yarramalong and Dooralong Valleys and a coal loader and stockpile near Tooheys Road, west of Blue Haven.

Mr Hayes told a meeting of more than 100 concerned residents on Saturday, 10 December, that the proposed loader would be less than 3 kilometres from the growing residential areas. The meeting was attended by then NSW opposition leader Peter Debnam whose party has made a commitment to reject the coal mine if elected to government in March.

Mr Hayes said coal dust could travel up to 10 kilometres with just the slightest breeze.

"They are fine particles of dust that cause coughing, wheezing and respiratory ailments," he said.

"If this coal mine goes ahead, you may as well erect a huge billboard on the Pacific Highway saying 'Welcome to Blue Haven and San Remo - coal dust capitals of the Central Coast."

In 2007, then opposition leader Peter Debnam confirmed the coalition's position not to allow longwall coal mining beneath the Wyong water catchment valleys to Blue Haven and San Remo residents.

He said that his party was committed to protect the Central Coast water supply. Their opposition has not changed

  Peter Debnam and Australian Coal Alliance campaign director and spokesman Alan Hayes