Upper House calls on Premier Baird to meet with Liverpool Plains Youth
MEDIA RELEASE – 12 November 2015
The Greens NSW mining and agriculture spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said he hoped that Premier Mike Baird would heed the official call of the NSW Legislative Council, which today unanimously passed a motion calling on the Premier to meet with the Liverpool Plains Youth association when he visits Tamworth next Friday.
The motion, which passed this morning, reads:
- That this House notes that:
(a) the Premier, the Honourable Mike Baird MP, will be visiting Tamworth on 20 November
(b) the Liverpool Plains Youth are a group of young people from the Liverpool Plains region who are committed to showcasing, celebrating and protecting the Liverpool Plains region for the future, and
(c) the Liverpool Plains Youth have written to the Premier requesting that he meet with them
when he visits Tamworth so that they can discuss the impacts that the Shenhua Watermark and BHP Caroona coal mines will have on the future of the Liverpool Plains if they are built.
- That this House calls on the Premier to meet with the Liverpool Plains Youth and listen to their concerns.
“The Liverpool Plains Youth have been doing a fantastic job in raising awareness about the importance of the region and agriculture, and advocating to protect the land and water from new coal mines,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“These young people will hopefully still be farming the Liverpool Plains long after any mines have been wound up and long after the world has weaned itself off coal and onto renewable energy.
“It’s important that the Premier hear the views of the young people who will be directly affected by these mines and I urge him to meet, listen carefully and act to protect the Liverpool Plains.”