Jonathan Moylan is a 26 year old translator from Newcastle who is facing up to ten years in prison and a $765,000 fine for sending a press release highlighting ANZ’s role in funding the Whitehaven open cut coal mine in north-west NSW. The mine threatens community health and agricultural land at Maules Creek, and the health and survival of Koala populations in the Leard State Forest. Jonathan has pleaded guilty to a charge under section 1041E of the Corporations Act.

On Friday 25 July 2014 Jonathan Moylan was sentenced by the Supreme Court: 1 year 8 months, suspended with the condition of good behaviour for 2 years. This means he won’t go to gaol! Read more.

CAMPAIGN

Jonathan Moylan’s action opened up an important conversation in Australia. The proposed Whitehaven coal mine is a contested and controversial project.

Big coal and gas companies are driving our political agenda while big banks are profiting from polluting projects that destroy farmlands and water. Jonathan’s action drew attention to the threat that the ANZ-funded Maules Creek coal project poses to farms, forest, community and water in north west NSW. He faced up to 10 years imprisonment and $765 000 fine, whilst corporate criminals avoid prosecution.

On Friday 25 2014 July Jonathan’s verdict was handed down by the Supreme Court: 1 year 8 months, suspended with the condition of good behaviour for 2 years.
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A message from the Stand with Jono support team: THANK YOU!

A couple of hours ago Jono found out his sentence: 1 year 8 months, suspended with the condition of good behaviour for 2 years. This means he won’t go to gaol!
 
Given the harsh sentencing that our opponents in the fossil fuel industry were calling for, this is a huge relief.

There was a $1000 surety to pay, which many supporters of Jono and the Maules Creek campaign are pitching in to help cover.  If you would like to contribute, just go to our donate page.
 
Jono and his family have asked us to pass on their thanks to you for standing alongside him throughout this long process.

Thanks also to his legal team, who have worked hard for many months, and done a truly great job.

The campaign to save the Leard Forest will continue and we’ll need your support again in the future.

But for now, on behalf of Jono and his family, we just want to say thank you for all you have done.
 
Here’s to peaceful protest,
 
The Stand With Jono Team

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