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  • published peopls_ref_thanks_2 in People’s Referendum 2018-07-12 17:05:32 +1000

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  • signed up on Join Us 2018-07-09 11:52:14 +1000

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    Join communities around Australia who are working to protect our land, water and air from risky coal and gas development.



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  • published Railroaded in Reports 2018-03-07 09:29:04 +1000


    Carving up food lands for coal transport in Central Queensland.

    In March 2014, Lock the Gate Alliance released a new report that reveals a Queensland Government proposal to declare a State Development Area (GBSDA) across 2 million hectares in Central Queensland, to facilitate coal rail developments, would lead to major flooding and significant loss of food-producing land.

    The declaration of a State Development area will mean that the Queensland Coordinator General can compulsorily acquire any farmers land, against their wishes, across 2 million hectares of land. 

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  • posted about Protect Sydney's Drinking Water Catchments on Facebook 2017-09-14 10:46:08 +1000
    Help stop coal mining under Sydney's drinking water catchments!

    Protect Sydney's Drinking Water Catchment

    Our drinking water, our rivers and even our World Heritage areas are threatened by longwall coal mining in the greater Sydney region.

    The agency that manages Sydney’s drinking water catchment sees longwall coal mining as one of the biggest threats to our water supply.

    NSW’s Chief Scientist said that our catchment is the only publicly owned drinking water catchment in the world where coal mining is allowed.

    A 2016 poll found that 84% of people in NSW want farmland, water and environment protected from coal mining and CSG.

    But the Government is still giving the tick to coal mining in Sydney’s water catchment.

    It’s time that Premier Berejiklian declared Sydney's drinking water catchment a no-go zone for coal and coal seam gas mining.

    The map of coal mines beneath Sydney’s water...


    Surrounding our vital reservoirs, are the Special Areas, usually kept clean and untouched, to act as natural filtration systems - except for longwall coal mining.

    These dams shown above provide 20% of Sydney’s water. Swamps and rivulets currently provide water even during dry times to these dams - until they’re cracked forever from below.

    Flammable methane leaking through Nepean River due to riverbed cracks caused by nearby longwall coal mining.

    Undermining Woronora Catchment
    The once pristine waterway, Waratah Rivulet, in the Woronora Catchment Special Area which flows into Woronora Dam, was cracked and drained by mining in 2006.

    Undermining Cataract Catchment
    WaterNSW was scathing about Wollongong Coal’s Russell Vale expansion plan: “The estimated water loss of 7.3 million litres per day is unacceptable, particularly during dry periods.”

    Undermining Cordeaux Catchment
    Sept 2016 catchment inspection revealed newly cracked and drained creeks and dry wetlands. WaterNSW objected to a proposal lodged by Illawarra Coal, saying the risks to the Sydney water supply are “unacceptably high.” Recently, Professor Jim Galvin has warned of “potential permanent consequences for the Sydney Drinking Water Catchment Metropolitan Special Area.” A Department of Planning report has revealed that precious rainfall that should be feeding Sydney's dams and drinking water supply is being drawn into polluted mining voids underground.

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    Demand that Premier Berejiklian protect Sydney's drinking water catchments. 

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  • published Gasfields in Campaigns 2017-08-31 16:15:04 +1000

  • published National in Campaigns 2017-08-31 16:11:31 +1000

  • published Coalmines in Campaigns 2017-08-31 16:10:03 +1000

  • published Campaigns 2017-08-31 16:06:19 +1000

  • Unconventional Gas: Renewable Energy & Power Generation

    Dangers of fracking, fracking risks, fracking pros and cons, what is fracking, effects of coal seam gas mining, what is coal seam gas, impacts of fracking, fracking definition, hydraulic fracturingAustralia’s electricity sector is the nation’s single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Gas power generation is promoted by the gas industry as a transition fuel, yet research is putting that myth to rest. Rapid advances and falling costs in renewable power and storage technologies means that a secure, dependable, cost effective power system can now be achieved without gas.

    Download PDF version of fact sheet here

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  • Unconventional Gas: Methane Leakage and Venting

    Dangers of fracking, fracking risks, fracking pros and cons, what is fracking, effects of coal seam gas mining, what is coal seam gas, impacts of fracking, fracking definition, hydraulic fracturing

    During unconventional gas production, methane is released into the atmosphere from leakage and venting.

    This methane leakage and venting is often referred to as fugitive emissions and occurs as a result of leakage from well heads, pipelines and infrastructure, and through deliberate venting and flaring of gas.

    Download PDF version of fact sheet here.

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  • published Draining the Lifeblood in Reports 2016-03-30 07:35:45 +1000

    Draining the Lifeblood

    Groundwater impacts of coal mining in the Galilee Basin

    The Draining the Lifeblood report [PDF 4MB], and updated estimates of cumulative water impacts, raise alarm bells about the potentially devastating impacts on groundwater resources from 9 proposed new 'mega' coal mines in the Galilee Basin, Central Queensland.  This report is the first to attempt an assessment of the likely cumulative impacts of all 9 mine proposals.

    The report was released in September 2013 and new estimates of groundwater impacts have since been provided to the regulator. 

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  • published Coal Seam Gas Will Cost YOU More in National 2016-03-30 07:33:54 +1000

    Coal Seam Gas Will Cost YOU More

    The coal seam gas (CSG) export industry in Australia is causing gas prices to rise.

    The construction of three CSG export plants in Queensland will allow CSG miners to export their gas and obtain much higher prices paid by the world market[1].

    This means domestic prices will rise to match the world price[2]. The increase in your gas bill in 2015 as a result of CSG exports will be up up to $162 per year for a household and $625 per year for a small business[3]. Further increases are likely beyond 2016. 

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  • Switch your power away from CSG and fracking

    Right now in Australia, power companies such as AGL, Origin and Energy Australia are all investing their money in coal seam gas mining and unconventional gas fracking.

    However, you don’t have to get your power from these suppliers!

    There are other energy retailers who provide low cost alternatives and are stronger supporters of renewable energy. Switching to one of these will mean you're  supporting a company who invests in renewable energy sources. 

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  • endorsed 2015-08-20 11:40:44 +1000

    Our common home

    Bishops, wine-makers, livestock producers and conservationists have penned a joint letter to NSW Premier Mike Baird calling on him to protect our common home from a coal mining industry that is out of control.  You can read the full text of the joint letter here

    Our common home, our farmland, rivers, villages and bushland are being torn up or ruined for coal mining. How long are coal affected communities expected to wait for the Government to do something to fix up coal mining? 

    We've put an ad in Mike Baird's local paper, the Manly Daily, and want all of you to give him a call and add your voice to the push to reform coal mining and save our communities, landscapes and rural industries. Can you call him?



  • published Brett's Story in Gloucester 2015-08-04 13:46:22 +1000

    Brett's Story

    Voices from Gloucester: Brett's story

    Brett Jacobs is appealing for help.

    The 50 year-old father of seven is battling against gas giant AGL who wants to frack his precious valley and he feels outnumbered. Brett is worried about the health of his children, his water and his land.

    If allowed to proceed AGL’s plan could see hundreds of coal seam gas wells pocking the Gloucester landscape.

    In October last year Brett put his body on the frontline when he locked himself onto an access gate by the neck in a desperate bid to halt the march of the gas rigs. He was arrested for his non-violent action but is undeterred. Prior to locking on Brett had never been in trouble with the law and had not even had a speeding fine. He says he will have to move his children away from Gloucester if his actions to protect them from the impact of csg mining fail. But he is determined to do everything he can to save his community and safeguard his kids.

    “I’m worried about the poisons they are going to put into the ground and more so what they are going to bring-up and the health effects on my kids, the water and the land,” Brett said. “The law is failing us.”

    Fellow protector and well-known author Sharyn Munro moved to Gloucester to escape the problems of the Upper Hunter and its coal pits and is now watching the Gloucester Valley being handed over to the miners.

    “It is unthinkable to be turning a scenic, purely watered beautiful place like Gloucester into an industrial zone,” she said.

    “This is the last place on earth that ought to be being fracked.”

    Sharyn sees the actions of the CSG miners as criminally negligent in their “suck it and see” approach to managing the problems and impacts of fracking.

    Both Sharyn and Brett are calling for others outside their community to take a stand against AGL and join them on the picket line.

    “It’s about just saving where we live,” Brett said.

    “We cannot let them stuff our water supply up.”

  • published Regional Coordinators in About Us 2015-08-04 12:52:35 +1000

    Regional Coordinators



    South East Queensland - Julie Devine email 

    Wide Bay- Burnett - Vicki Perrin email

    Brisbane- Hayley Troupe  email


    New South Wales


    Sydney - Marina Farid email

    Hunter Valley - Steve Phillips email

    Northern Rivers- Dean Draper email

    North West NSW - Jane Judd email




    Western Vic- Chloe Aldenhoven email

    Gippsland - Ursula Alquier email


    Northern Territory


    Central Australia- Jesse Hancock email

    Rural & Remote- Lauren Mellor email

    Darwin- Pauline Cass email


    Western Australia


    Mid West/Midlands/Swan/Gascoyne - Simone van Hattem email

    South West - Jane Hammond email

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