Protesters claim victory as forest clearing suspended at Maules Creek

‘This outcome today sends a strong message to coalmining companies across NSW,’ says Maules Creek community council

Community groups have hailed as a victory a decision by Whitehaven Coal to suspend plans to clear the Leard State Forest for its Maules Creek coalmine in northern NSW.

The last-minute decision to halt work came as the land and environment court was expected to rule on an injunction application made by community groups to stop the clearing.

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