As if buying mines and then slashing jobs at those mines weren’t bad enough, Yancoal decided they’d prevent the community complaining too.
In a shocking piece in the local Singleton Argus, it is revealed that their Ashton mine was fined $15,000 by the Department of Planning and Environment. Why?
Because the company failed to publish a complaint register online or have a complaints phone line!
Want to voice concerns about noise from the mine? You couldn’t.
Want to voice concerns about the company’s practices? You couldn’t.
Want to voice concerns about miners being sacked? You couldn’t.
The Department’s Executive Director put it best when he said the fine highlighted the “importance of keeping the local Hunter community informed about the project”.
It is unfortunate that the Chinese-owned Yancoal seem to want to keep the local Hunter community in the dark about their intentions, voiceless.
How is this community meant to voice our views about Yancoal’s action? Simple.
We shall address our views to the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Treasurer Scott Morrison, local Members of Parliament and Senators.