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Undermining land rights and destroying cultural heritage

Whitehaven’s coal mines destroy Aboriginal land and water and sacred sites and erase cultural heritage.

Whitehaven Coal’s mines have been strongly opposed by Gomeroi Traditional Owners. In 2014 the Gomeroi sought a stop work order at Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek Coal Mine over concerns the mine clearing could be destroying a number of important burial and cultural sites. Whitehaven Coal denied Gomeroi elders access to their own sacred sites and bulldozed their burial sites.

In 2021, a group of Gomeroi elders released a statement calling for a stop to all new coal and gas projects, and expansions of existing projects, on Gomeroi country.

The world’s scientists warn that all coal expansion must stop immediately to avoid runaway global heating. Yet Whitehaven is planning to double its coal production with four major new coal projects.