Greens MP and mining spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has congratulated the farmers and the community for
keeping the blockade alive until the Supreme Court upheld their right to refuse BHP Billiton access to their
farms to explore for coal.
"I congratulate the Caroona community for this historic victory of people power overcoming the might of
mining giant BHP Billiton," said Ms Rhiannon.
The successful Caroona blockade symbolised the strong will of local farmers to protect their land and water
resources from any damage by coal mining.
BHP Billiton broke the law by failing to notify landholders and mortgagees of its desire to enter their
properties for exploration purposes.
The Greens were proud to support the farmer's campaign.
Greens Senators Bob Brown and Scott Ludlam have visited this region and send their congratulations on
this historic day.
The government still has work to do to ensure that every effort is taken to protect the rich farming lands of the