This is a classic David and Goliath tale, with a government lining up on the side of Goliath. Multinational mining giant Rio Tinto had secured government approval to overturn its earlier undertaking never to expand an open-cut coal mine, and was planning to dig coal all the way up to the doorstep of a tiny village, decimating the Aboriginal heritage sites and unique protected woodlands in its path. But the people of that village fought back. Bulga is in south-eastern Australia’s picturesque Hunter Valley, New South Wales, also home to wineries and thoroughbred horse studs. Its townspeople took their case to the NSW Land and Environment Court and, in April 2013, that court disapproved the mine expansion. But there was little time for jubilation among the people of Bulga. Having defended the challenge to the expansion together, Rio Tinto and the government launched an appeal in the New South Wales Supreme Court. This ebook is the story of a community that took on a mining behemoth and – at the time of the book’s original publication – is still waiting to find out if their first victory will hold.Australian philanthropically funded not-for-profit quality journalism website The Global Mail has produced this ebook, written by Bernard Lagan, and with photographs by Ella Rubeli. It will be updated free of charge when the NSW Supreme Court appeal decision is handed down. Please ensure your Kindle automatic book update is set to ON to receive updates.ABOUT THE AUTHORBernard Lagan, a staff writer at The Global Mail since its 2012 launch, has been a journalist since joining The Dominion as a cadet in his native New Zealand. He was chief of staff and national editor at The Sydney Morning Herald, a Canberra-based political writer and senior feature writer for the Herald and a features writer for The Bulletin. He was also Australian correspondent for The Times and wrote Loner, the best-selling book about the rise and implosion of Mark Latham. He lived in New York for four years from the end of 2007, freelancing for various international publications from there. He’s happy to be living back in Sydney – now that he has a ute.