MS Georgina Woods showed passion about the future of her city (Comment coal comfort, Herald 2/7), but regrettably she failed to disclose her longstanding anti-mining links in her letter.
Ms Woods is an anti-mining activist, identified as being involved in producing the Australian Anti-Coal movement document ‘‘Stopping the Australian Coal Export Boom’’ in 2011.
This document identified Newcastle and the Hunter as a target for the type of economic sabotage that would cost many thousands of her fellow Hunter residents their jobs and livelihoods.
Ms Woods has also been spokesperson for anti-coal group Rising Tide, the group that blockaded Newcastle rail lines in 2008, and in 2009 called for actions including the shutting down of petrol stations, and the blockading or occupying of power stations.
Ms Woods was also part of the group that shut down Tomago Aluminium Smelter in 2009 along with another anti-mining activist Jonathon Moylan.
I respect Ms Woods’ passion and commitment but I do not respect her failure to be upfront with readers about her anti-coal activism.
Stephen Galilee, CEO, NSW Minerals Council