A NSW court has just rejected a coal mine in the beautiful Gloucester Valley in NSW because it would have “dire” consequences for the community and climate.

The landmark Rocky Hill coal mine case is an historic victory for community and climate over big coal.

A huge congratulations to Groundswell Gloucester and the Environmental Defenders Office NSW who fought for justice and won.

Today’s people-powered court win sends a powerful message to our leaders and big coal: people and the law are rising to stop coal polluting our planet and hurting our communities.

It’s time to get rid of dirty coal and gas and transition NSW to clean energy that benefits communities, the climate and our environment.

In his judgement, Justice Brian Preston said: “The global problem of climate change needs to be addressed by multiple local actions to mitigate emissions”.

Even the courts say the era of coal is over, but none of the major parties in NSW have got a credible plan to bolster clean energy and act on climate change.

It’s time for all parties to stop messing with our future and lock in a credible plan to tackle dangerous climate change.

Thanks for standing up for a better future,

Brad Smith
Senior Energy and Climate Campaigner
Nature Conservation Council of NSW