Photographer's Note

The Bylong Valley is some of the most beautiful landscape in Australia, it is prime cattle and horse-breeding country. Korean mining company KEPCO want to do open-cut, underground and CSG coal mining on the land, which will effectively take the entire town of Bylong, take all the water from surrounding farms, pollute the area and leave a final void 50 metres deep and 5 hectares wide. They need to be fought at all costs.

Kepco has had several years to come up with their proposal and development plan. We were given 4 weeks to respond to the volumes of material and experts' reports. Last weekend, myself and other concerned citizens camped out at Bylong to help crowd-fund the money necessary to obtain those experts' reports and draft submissions in reply by 6 November.

If you want to get an idea of the beautiful land that will be destroyed by the mine, have a look at the album in my Facebook page called The Battle For Bylong. Almost every photo in this album shows land that will no longer be there after KEPCO get their hands on it.

This is a photo of the little church in Bylong. I camped about 20 metres from here. It will all be gone if the Government puts foreign coal interests before those of its citizens.

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Additional Photos by Lisa DP (delpeoples) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5609 W: 342 N: 12455] (60342)
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