Two women locked-on to excavators stop coal mine construction near Maules Creek

Two young women are currently locked on to excavators at a coal mine construction site on land adjacent to Leard State Forest, near Maules Creek in north west NSW.

This lock-on action is currently stopping tree-clearing and construction work along a proposed rail corridor from the existing railway line at Boggabri into the Leard State Forest where Whitehaven plan to develop the Maules Creek Project.

Today’s action is the latest in a series of actions to protect Leard State Forest from open-cut coal mining.

PHOTOS can be downloaded here.

UPDATE: After several hours police rescue removed the two women from the excavators and they were taken to Narrabri police station. Their actions stopped the work of these excavators for the entire day, meaning no trees were knocked down for the coal railway line for the day.