Bacchus Marsh is normaly known for its fertile fruit and vegetable farms and its proximity to the beautiful Lerdederg Gorg State Park.
But for today at least, this friendly and vibrant regional community came together and raised its voice to send a message that it does not want to be destroyed for a new brown coal export industry in Victoria.
Over 100 local pensioners, parents and kids gathered in the middle of town to say ‘goodbye’ to Mantle Mining, which is currently wrapping up the first round of their test drilling operation in the region. There they heard informative and inspiring speeches from Kate Tubbs, the president of the Moorabool Environment Group, Merryn Reddenbach from Doctors For The Environment Australia, Katy Smyrk from Quit Coal and local State MP Don Nardella.
The rally also doubled as a picnic, with the crowd enjoying some music and tucking in to locally grown fresh produce – exactly what is under threat from Mantle Mining’s plans.
Quit Coal congratulates the Bacchus Marsh locals who are giving their time and energy and stepping out far beyond their personal comfort zones to wage a political campaign to protect their home from the destructive greed of Mantle Mining and others like them.
We will continue to work in conjunction with the local community in the Marsh and stand up against Mantle until they choose, or are forced, to back off from Bacchus.
But to do so, we need today’s 100 to become 200, and then that 200 to become 400, and so on, until no investor would be foolish enough to think that the project will be able to go ahead, and until no politician would be foolish enough to think they can get away with back it. And to do that, we need your help.
Get involved in our campaign here.