The Environment Department just rejected the Environmental Authority for the mine, the epic battle for Acland’s land and water is close to victory. But we’re not quite there yet! There are still a couple more hurdles.
Come along to our Acland Info Night and be a part of History. Join us to celebrate, find out how we have got this far and how together we can get this over the line.
Hear from Sean Ryan from the Environmental Defenders Office who will explain the findings of the Land Court case. Paul King from Oakey Coal Action Alliance, who will speak about the rich history of the region and campaign. Ellie Smith and Hayley Troupe from Lock the Gate will discuss what's next for the campaign and how you can help stop the mine and protect the region permanently.
Plans for an open cut coal mine in the Bylong Valley put this magnificent farming district at risk.
Join us for a free public forum in Willoughby where we will hear from Hunter locals on how this project will impact Aboriginal cultural heritage, critical farmland and water resources.
Let's stop coal mining from destroying this spectacular valley! Please RSVP below.
Peter Andrews: An observer of natural systems who has devoted his life to the development of Natural Sequence Farming techniques to restore the balance of water cycles in the landscape. Peter Andrews was also awarded Australia's The Order of Australia Medal.
Scott Franks: A Wonnarua Native Title Claimant, and CEO of Tocomwall Pty an Aboriginal owned and operated company focused on the full recognition, documentation, protection and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage within Country.
Warwick Pearse: Warwick's Family has had a farm in the Bylong Valley for 50 years. He is the Acting Secretary of the Bylong Valley Protection Alliance (BVPA). He has held a number of senior government and academic positions in Australia, and has extensive experience in occupational and environmental health.
Bev Smiles: Convenor of the Hunter Communities Network, and a long time resident of Wollar. She has dedicated her life to defending the Hunter from the unfettered expansion of Coal.
Tim Buckley: Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, Tim Buckley has 25 years of financial markets experience, specializing in equity valuation, including as a top-rated analyst and as co-founder and managing director of Arkx Investment Management.
MC: 2017 Willoughby Citizen of the Year Janet France.
All are welcome and light refreshments will be provided.
For more information email: email@example.com, or call Marina at 0413949141.
Join Brisbane volunteers and supporters on a one day road trip and tour to the Acland and Oakey region to visit the people and the places impacted by the Acland coal mine and stage 3 expansion.
The locals and farmers of the area have been opposing this for a decade, last year after the longest land court case in QLD, the court recommended that the mine should be rejected. It was found that the potential impacts of the mine expansion would be too great, effecting the groundwater for generations to come. The farmers and locals remaining in the area have experienced water bores running dry, and health problems relating to dust and noise from the existing coal mine.
Now it is up to the state government to make there decision. A decision that will either put the integrity of the Land Court in jeopardy, or make history by supporting the farmers and locals in the area, and protect the groundwater for future generations.
The tour will include:
- Visit local sustainable farmers to find out how the mine effects them
- Visit what remains of the town of Acland, a town brought up by the mine.
- Meet and greet locals at the war memorial park in Acland.
- Hear from locals about the health and noise issues experienced
- View of the mine and infrastructure.
- See and hear about the existing effects of bore water.
- Commentary on the bus trip
What you need to know:
- Pick up from Brisbane 8am.
- Pick up from Ipswich 9am (To be confirmed depending on need).
- Will be arriving back in Brisbane at 7:30pm
- Lunch and snacks will be provided, bring water and extra snacks.
There are limited places so please book asap. Please book a full priced ticket if you can afford it to help cover costs. Concession is available for students and job seekers. If price is a barrier please get in touch and we can discuss options.
On Saturday, 24 March 2018, people from around the state will converge on Sydney to make an unmistakable call to protect land, water and people from the impacts of coal and gas mining.
The march will be led by First Nations people, followed by riders on horseback. It will feature gasfield free communities and coal-affected communities proudly displaying their banners alongside people from all over Sydney and beyond that want clean and healthy drinking water and farmlands, environmental justice and a clean energy future.