Feature documentary on Maules Creek coal tragedy glimpses future for Liverpool Plains

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Special screening: Dendy Cinema, Opera Quays, Circular Quay

Monday, 18th January 2016 6:30PM followed by Panel Discussion ( details below)

 

This screening of BLACK HOLE brings the hot button issue of open cut coal mining in agricultural New South Wales to Sydney’s iconic centre, so city audiences can learn about a tragedy that is playing out in our country areas.

Maules Creek is at the far NorthEast tip of the famous Liverpool Plains agricultural region of NSW, adjacent to a critically endangered woodland and koala habitat, the Leard State Forest.

Three coal mines at the Leard Forest are bringing this agricultural region to its knees, with 66 adjacent farm properties having been bought out by the mines to date and agricultural production proven to be in decline as a result.

The Boganaire* Nathan Tinkler, now back in town and trying to promote another open cut mine at Dartwood NSW, infamously initiated the huge Maules Creek mine which is approved for 13 million tonnes of coal per annum, most of it going to Japan.

Currently under investigation by ASIC for fudging their coal forecasts, Whitehaven Coal and its neighbour Boggabri Coal 100% owned by Japanese Idemitsu Resources, are now preparing to exterminate another 500 hectares of the Leard Forest in February.

Despite their repeated breaches of conditions the mines are barely fined by the NSW Government and continue on their destructive path, even as coal prices continue to plummet.

The decline of agriculture, the human cost, risk to water aquifers, obscene destruction of Gomeroi aboriginal heritage sites, and the trajectory of extinction of a woodland listed as a critically endangered ecosystem, all foretell the desperate future of large swathes of NSW farmland and forests. At Breeza, in the heart of the Liverpool Plains, the Chinese government owned Shenhua coal is planning a repeat performance of the Leard Forest destruction and will destroy Australia’s most fertile farming soil.

BLACK HOLE feature documentary, released late 2015, is by Melbourne film maker Joao Dujon Pereira. Dujon spent several months living at the Leard Forest Blockade camp at Maules Creek documenting the travesty. The film depicts stunning cinematography of the region, and allows the voices of protesters and community to tell the story.