Baywood Greens’ Kentoe Williams: I’m not going to change my mind on the coalmine
The Greens in the Victorian state parliament are demanding a royal commission into the $6.8 billion Greenbelt mine.
But with just four months to go before a poll, there is no sign the Greens will get what they want.
The Greens want a royal inquiry into the controversial $6 billion coalmine that the government is building to help boost economic growth.
Green party leader Richard Di Natale has said the mine is too expensive and that he wants to build a mine that is “fair and sustainable”.
“I don’t believe the Greens are committed to putting forward a fair, sustainable, green, economically viable, socially responsible mine that provides the jobs and opportunities for the people of Western Australia,” he said.
“The Greens will fight hard to see a fair mine that creates jobs, stimulates economic activity and is good for the environment.”
The $6bn project is part of the state’s $60 billion investment plan.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the plan was needed to boost economic development.
Andrews said the Greenbelt project would create jobs and bring billions of dollars in investment to the state.
Labor has long argued that the mine would harm the environment and the environment will suffer.
The Coalition has said it would not allow the mine to go ahead if there was a Royal Commission into the project.
It will also need to be approved by the state Parliament and approved by another state.
Greens state leader David Shoebridge said he was disappointed the project had not been given the go-ahead.
Mr Shoebarts statement to the ABC was that he believes there is a case to do something about the coalmining project, and that the Greens do not.
“We’re not going down this path of going backwards and saying ‘no’ and then saying ‘maybe we’ll go back’,” he said, adding the Greens had always been against coalmining.
Asked if he believed the coalmines could go ahead in the future, Mr Shoebeatsay said he believed there was the potential for future coalmining projects in the state but that they would have to be properly evaluated by the Greens.
“The first thing is that we need to have a review of the project, that is going to look at whether or not it’s good for people and if it’s right for the community and is sustainable and is appropriate for the local environment,” he told the ABC.
He said the Greens would oppose any future coalmine.
A statement from Mr Andrews on the issue said the mining boom had helped to lift the state out of the “mining hole”.
Mr Andrews said he supported the Greens opposition to the project and said the project was being developed “to create the kind of jobs and the kind, the opportunities for Western Australians that we have been lacking in the last decade”.
“It is important that this project does not go ahead,” he added.
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