ANOTHER day, another protest.
Mine trucks were stopped for the second day in a row yesterday, Tuesday, when Front Line Action on Coal protesters gathered on the haul road to Idemitsu’s Boggabri coalmine, taking action against the expansion of the mine into the Leard State Forest.
Trucks were stopped for three hours at the Therribri Rd intersection near the Namoi River before police moved the protesters along at 10.30am.
“It didn’t take them long to move everybody along,” spokesman Murray Drechsler said.
“There was no negotiation or talk.
“The opportunity was there to organise another protest, because we already had so many people up here from Monday.”
Protesters claim the mining expansion would threaten 396 species of native flora and fauna.
“Idemitsu’s Boggabri mine plans to expand fourfold, destroying 2000 hectares of habitat for koalas, regent honey-eaters and the swift parrot,” he said.
“We will not give in until this forest is protected.”