More than 600 people gathered on a farm near the small town of Breeza on November 7 and 8 to celebrate the Liverpool Plains "Harvest Festival against Shenhua” in opposition to the proposed Watermark open cut coalmine. They declared they will return to continue peaceful protest at the site if the mine goes ahead.
Shenhua's mega coalmine won approval this year, prompting a storm of protest, given the mine threatens to destroy the fertile black soil farmland of the Liverpool Plains and the sacred sites and cultural heritage of the Gomeroi people.
The festival featured workshops about the ecological and agricultural values of the area, Gomeroi culture, the risks posed by the mine and training in how to peacefully protest against the mine.
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