A Gamilaraay man is calling on environment minister Greg Hunt to put a stop to clearing and mining in culturally significant land around Leard State Forest in NSW.

A protest is ongoing against the clearing of the land in the area by Whitehaven Coal.

Two Gamilaraay men and a Githabul [git-a-bull] man locked themselves on to concrete barrels at the entrance to Whitehaven’s controversial Maules Creek project this week, stopping work.

Gamilaraay man Paul Speerim says the treatment of heritage sites and objects such as grinding stones is “disgusting.”