Occupation of World’s Largest Gold Mining Company, Lake Cowal, NSW

Today over 80 people are occupying the mine site, disrupting work and shutting down mine operations at the massive gold mine at Lake Cowal near Condobolin in central NSW

MEDIA ALERT

Sunday 8 April 2007

Occupation of World’s Largest Gold Mining Company, Lake Cowal, NSW

Today over 80 people are occupying the mine site, disrupting work and shutting down mine operations at the massive gold mine at Lake Cowal near Condobolin in central NSW. People have locked on to machinery inside the mine site.

Wiradjuri Traditional Owners, locals, environmentalists and supporters from as far as Sweden, France and Canada are converging to protest the illegal operation of the worlds largest gold mining company Barrick Gold.

Wiradjuri Traditional Owner, Neville ‘Chappy’ Williams says. “We are the first nation of people in this land. Wiradjuri has never ceded our sovereignty over our lands and waters. We have the right to life. We have right to existence. We have the right to being Wiradjuri people in our own
lands.”

Australian Student Environment Network’s national convenor, Nicola Ison says, “In the lead up to Barrick Gold’s AGM on 2nd May, Wiradjuri and their supporters are presenting an eviction notice to the gold mining giant.”

“Barrick gold is stripping NSW of its precious water resources, internationally significant wetlands and destroying Wiradjuri history and culture.”

“Barrick is transporting over 6000 tonnes of cyanide annually from Gladstone, Queensland to Lake Cowal, New South Wales, creating risk of spill and lethal contamination of waterways along the 1600km transport route” says Ison.

Friends of the Earth campaigner, Holly Creenaune says, “While Australian communities are in the grip of devastating drought Barrick draws up to 17 million litres of fresh water each day at Lake Cowal. In the last 2 years, the water table has dropped 35m due to Barrick’s mine.”

“We will continue to disrupt mining at Lake Cowal until there is land justice and water equity for Wiradjuri and central NSW communities.”

Contact:

Nicola Ison (ASEN)
0423 717 567

Holly Creenaune (FoE)
0417 682 541

For a Media Briefing on the Lake Cowal Campaign please contact:
Natalie Lowrey :: 0421 356 067 :: natalie.lowrey@foe.org.au

http://www.savelakecowal.org
http://www.rainforestinfo.org.au/gold/lakep.html
http://peacebus.com.cyber-pod.com/CyanideWatch/
 

MEDIA ALERT

Occupation and Lock-on's:
Work Stopped at Lake Cowal Gold Mine

Sunday 8th April
2.20pm

Wiradjuri Traditional Owners, locals, environmentalist and Lake Cowal
campaign supporters are currently occupying the world's largest gold
mining company.

Two activists with support people have locked onto machinery inside
Barrick Gold's mine site at Lake Cowal, in central western NSW. The mine
has appeared to stop work.

Fifteen people are currently occupying the office. Six more people have
entered the mine site, whilst several others are already inside.

The mine has appeared to stop work due to the peaceful actions of
supporters who have gathered over the easter weekend for corroborre with
Wiradjuri Traditional Owners.

Police are currently inside the mine site.

Contact:

Nicola Ison (ASEN)
0423 717 567

Holly Creenaune (FoE)
0417 682 541

For a Media Briefing on the Lake Cowal Campaign please contact:
Natalie Lowrey :: 0421 356 067 :: natalie.lowrey@foe.org.au

http://www.savelakecowal.org
http://www.rainforestinfo.org.au/gold/lakep.html
http://peacebus.com.cyber-pod.com/CyanideWatch/

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