Coal terminal activists deliver flyers

 GROUPS opposed to Newcastle’s proposed fourth coal terminal have distributed 15,000 leaflets to homes affected by the project. 

The Coal Terminal Action Group (CTAG) campaign is designed to put pressure on Newcastle MP Tim Owen and Port Stephens MP Craig Baumann.

‘‘This is the biggest decision affecting our quality of life in Newcastle,’’ CTAG spokeswoman Cathy Burgess said.

‘‘A fourth coal terminal will have irreversible impacts on the health of our children and the air we breathe, so we’re letting the people of Newcastle know who is responsible for this important decision.’’

About 4000 Hunter residents have already written to the government opposing the project.

NSW Health has also expressed concern. The department’s submission on the project said air pollution in coal affected suburbs already exceeded national standards.

‘‘In pressing ahead with the assessment of this unpopular development, the NSW government is demonstrating contempt for the people of Newcastle, our environment and our health,’’ Ms Burgess said. 

Mr Owen said yesterday that discussions had been held with Port Waratah Coal Services about the scale of the T4 proposal and its likely environmental impacts.

‘‘My main concern is always coal dust in the city. We have been putting a lot of pressure on [Port Waratah and Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group] to ensure that we have the world’s best practice in terms  of coal dust management,’’ he said.

‘‘There will always be a green agenda in all of these things but I’m just trying to look pragmatically about what will bring the best outcome for the community.’’

To sign CTAG's electronic petition  visit stopt4.org.au

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