NSW Government takes responsible step in deterring illegal mine protests

March 07, 2016

The NSW government has taken a measured and responsible approach in seeking tougher deterrents for those who chose to break the law when protesting at mine sites across NSW. 
 
“Everyone has the right to protest within the law. However in recent years we’ve seen an escalation of protests to include illegal and unsafe activities that are putting people at risk of serious injury or worse,” NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today.
 
“Protesters have regularly trespassed onto mine sites, heavy equipment has been interfered with, access gates have been sabotaged or blocked, explosive charges have been tampered with, and in one case a security vehicle was rammed. 
 
These violent and illegal activities put protesters, mine workers, and emergency service personnel at risk,” Mr Galilee said.
 
“The NSW Government’s approach will be welcomed by mining workers who have been forced to deal with the safety implications of illegal protesters for some time.  
 
“We hope that the Parliament will support these proposed changes to protect the safety of mining workers,” Mr Galilee said.  
 
Contact: Nat Openshaw | nopenshaw@nswmining.com.au | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419

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