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  • donated via 2018-03-06 12:11:01 +1000

    Help prevent an Adani-sized disaster in NSW!

    $10,463.00 raised
    GOAL: $10,000.00

    Eleven new proposed coal mines in NSW are a massive threat.  They will use more water, damage more land and even emit more carbon dioxide than the Adani mega-mine.

    Together, the amount of water these mines will use is 23 billion litres per year at their peak. That's more than 9,000 Olympic swimming pools of water. Our water is our lifeblood, and we can't afford to put it at risk.  Can you chip in to stop key mine projects before it is too late?

    It's not just our water at risk.  The mines will destroy farms and forests, damaging a vast area of land greater than the entire city of Newcastle.The massive carbon emissions will put our climate at risk, and threaten Australia with more severe bushfires and heat waves.

    Want to know more about the impacts of proposed new coal mines in NSW on land, water and carbon emissions? Read our brief report here.

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  • signed Protect Sydney's Drinking Water Catchments 2017-07-25 17:19:08 +1000

    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...

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    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.

    #1. APPIN COAL MINE
    Flammable methane leaking through Nepean River due to riverbed cracks caused by nearby longwall coal mining.

    #2. METROPOLITAN COAL (PEABODY) MINE
    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.

    #3. RUSSELL VALE COAL MINE
    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.”

    #4. DENDROBRIUM COAL MINE
    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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  • signed Stop Hume Coal in the Southern Highlands 2017-04-02 08:13:44 +1000

    Stop Hume Coal in the Southern Highlands

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    The Proposed Hume Coal Mine

    Hume Coal want to open a new coal mine in Sutton Forest, near Berrima. This mine is in the wrong place. Hume Coal are proposing a six-storey, 800 metre long coal stockpile will be located near the villages of Berrima, New Berrima and Medway.

    An independent water study, peer reviewed by the Water Research Lab at the University of New South Wales, estimates that the groundwater will be lowered by up to 150m over an area of 200 sq. km.

    Hume Coal admits to a 90m drawdown over the mined area but acknowledge that water drawdown impacts extend 5km or more beyond the mine, an area of over 300 sq. km.

    Local drinking water and feeder streams could suffer from significant water loss affecting the adjacent Medway Reservoir which supplies approximately 8,200 residents in Berrima, Bowral and Mittagong with their drinking water. The project would be yet another new mine in the Sydney Water Catchment, damaging the catchment and permanently costing us fresh drinking water.

    Coal train loading facilities at the stockpile, operating 24/7 moving coal from the coal stockpile through the quiet rural villages of the Southern Highlands to Port Kembla, spreading dust, noise and disrupting usual train services. 

    Get involved
    We have until Friday 30 June to inundate the Government with submissions showing the size, strength and diversity of opposition to yet another new coal mine proposed inside Sydney’s drinking water catchment. Can you join us?

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    Can you help us oppose Hume Coal’s project?

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  • signed ProtectTheHunter 2016-08-31 09:22:26 +1000

    Protect The Hunter Valley

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    Wendy Bowman, the "Hero of Camberwell"

    Wendy has been fighting coal mines for nearly 30 years and was a founding member of Hunter Minewatch.

    Wendy’s first property on Bowman’s Creek was a successful dairy farm until underground mining cracked the creek and removed her water supply.

    Her second property, ‘Granbalang’ was surrounded by the Rix’s Creek Mine. She was forced to move from the heritage homestead with only 28 days notice.

    Wendy’s third property, ‘Rosedale’ on Glennies Creek, is adjacent to the Ashton Mine. Wendy steadfastly refused to sell her property to Yancoal, owners of Ashton. She considered the opencut mine a major threat to Glennies Creek which provides all the water supply to the lower Hunter River. Glennies Creek corridor is also important for wildlife movements.

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    Bylong Valley and Tarwyn Park

    The Bylong Valley is a place of extraordinary scenic beauty. The Bylong Valley Way follows the Goulburn River past dramatic stone escarpments to Bylong, home to unique Tarwyn Park. Tarwyn Park, the home of Natural Sequence Farming is now owned by a coal mining company and the fight is on to protect it. This historic place is at risk of being destroyed by a huge new open cut coal mine - the first proposed for the verdant Bylong Valley.

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    Wollar
    The village of Wollar was declared in March 1885. Wollar had been a thriving rural village, but in the last eight years, the heart of Wollar has been eaten away by the nearby Wilpinjong open cut coal mine. The noise and pollution from Wilpinjong have driven people away, and most of the land and the village of Wollar has been purchased by American energy company Peabody Energy who own Wilpinjong.

    The community of Wollar has been decimated.

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    Bulga
    Bulga already cops the dust and noise from three of the Hunter’s huge open coal mines. For six years, residents of the village struggled to save their town from the expansion of Rio Tinto's Warkworth coal mine. They challenged the Government’s approval But Rio Tinto and the NSW Government joined forces against them. They changed laws and regulations. They re-submitted the mine proposal and rolled over all the objections to approve it, taking away the community’s right to appeal the decision in court.

     

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    Will you join the campaign to Protect The Hunter Valley?

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  • posted about Petition to save the heritage Wallaby Scrub Road in the Hunter Valley from Open Cut Mining on Facebook 2016-08-06 09:46:34 +1000
    Sign the petition: Petition to save the heritage Wallaby Scrub Road in the Hunter Valley from Open Cut Mining

    Petition to save the heritage Wallaby Scrub Road in the Hunter Valley from Open Cut Mining

    325 signatures

    We the undersigned demand the Premier of NSW Mike Baird and his Roads Minister Duncan Gay refuse to close Bulga's Wallaby Scrub Road to allow Warkworth Mining Limited (Rio Tinto) to destroy our convict built heritage road for open cut coal mining.

    The owner of the road, Singleton Council, has reaffirmed its objection to the closure of Wallaby Scrub Road by voting against the closure at their recent meeting. Council is supporting the Bulga community, and we call on the Baird Government to do the same.

    Baird's State Government has ignored the Land and Environment Court and the Supreme Court and abandoned the people of Bulga and Milbrodale in the Hunter Valley. The Commonwealth Government has worked hand in glove with the NSW Government to allow the destruction of world unique woodlands and aboriginal culture and history.

    Wallaby Scrub Road is a heritage road built by the convicts and must be preserved as part of our European heritage. We must not allow a profit driven international mining company to destroy our heritage against wishes of the community and to mine a product which is destroying our planet.

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  • endorsed 2015-08-22 13:40:41 +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?

     

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  • signed The Bulga Declaration via 2015-12-18 07:00:43 +1000

    The Bulga Declaration

    3,069 signatures

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    We, the undersigned, make this promise: we will not allow the Warkworth mine to destroy Saddle Ridge and the Warkworth Sands, nor the village of Bulga.


    Saddle Ridge and the Warkworth Sands harbour woodlands and wildlife that are vanishing from the Hunter Valley due to open cut coal mining. The area is an ancient pathway and place of harmony, protection, and direction for Wonnarua people. It shields the village of Bulga from noise and dust rising from the super pits of Rio Tinto's Mount Thorley-Warkworth mine. For the Wonnarua, the people of Bulga, and the wildlife, Saddle Ridge and the Warkworth Sands are home; protecting and guiding them. Such things cannot be compensated for. They cannot be sold, or replaced.


    The NSW government may have signed the death warrant for Warkworth Sands and the village of Bulga, but the people have not. The government and Rio Tinto are colluding against us, but we are united and we will not be subdued.


    The highest courts in New South Wales have rejected the Warkworth mine expansion for the same reasons we reject it. By siding with Rio Tinto to subvert the people’s victory in court, the government has crossed a line. Now we are the ones that will uphold fairness, protect the ridge and restore faith in organised community.


    We stand with the village of Bulga and Wonnarua traditional owners. We pledge to them that we will use all peaceful means to help them protect community and culture from the Warkworth coal mine.


     

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