Two mums stage protest at coalmine site on Mother's Day

WHILE many mums celebrated Mother’s Day with breakfast in bed yesterday, two women elected to forgo such comforts and lock themselves onto construction equipment in the Leard State Forest.

Felicity Crombach, 69, and Annette Schneider, 53 – each mothers to two children – were arrested after using the day to express their opposition to Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek coalmine.

In light of recent revelations at hearings of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the duo is calling for construction of the mine to cease until a full judicial inquiry is carried out into the mining approvals process.

“There is so much corruption and I believe that mining companies run the government,” Ms Crombach said.

“They have professional lobbyists that pay to get into the ear of politicians.

“What option do we have?

“Everyday people can’t afford to pay for this privilege. It needs to stop.”

The $767 million Maules Creek coalmine, which has both state and federal government approval, is due to extract its first coal early next year.

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