Bat-activists stops work at Boggabri coal mine

Protest stops work at Boggabri coal mine: activists dressed as bats scale coal loader and unfurl banner reading ‘Save the Leard’

Bats are among the endangered and vulnerable species that are currently under threat from the expansion of Idemitsu’s Boggabri open-cut coal mine.

This coal mine has already cleared a section of Leard State Forest and work is currently being doing to bulldoze more vegetation inside the forest. This is an aerial photograph taken last week that shows some of the clearing.

This protest is part of an ongoing campaign to protect Leard State Forest from open-cut coal mining. Read a full media statement about this action here, and a news report from the Namoi Valley Independent here.

UPDATE: The two activists are removed by police rescue after 9 and a half hours.