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Undermining Australia at Parliament House, Sydney

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Parliament House, NSW , 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Join us at Parliament House for the screening of Lock The Gate's groundbreaking documentary 'Undermining Australia:Coal v's Communities'.

Alex Greenwich, MP for Sydney and Wendy Bowman OAM from the coal ravaged town of Camberwell will introduce the film, which lays bare the heart-wrenching impacts that coal mining is having on Australian communities.

Whole villages are being wiped off the map by open-cut coal mines, families are suffering horrendous health issues, and local farming industries are being annihilated. The ICAC has revealed that coal corruption is rife hand the system is broken.

But in the face of this, we are witnessing one of the biggest social movements in our country’s history – a time when ordinary people become heroes.

RSVPs essential

Wendy Bowman received an Order of Australia Medal for her service to the community of the Upper Hunter, specifically in her 18 year crusade to protect farming land from mining. Wendy has witnessed first hand the damage done to water resources by open cut coal mining. She refuses to abandon the farm she and her family have worked for generations despite ongoing pressure from mining company Yancoal. 

All MPs will be invited to participate in a post screening panel discussion and their attendance or otherwise will be communicated to our supporters in their respective constituents.

A Fractured County - Screening by Stop CSG Macarthur

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 02:30 PM
The Meditation Space in Campbelltown , Australia

Film and Food Night - Old Museum, Bowen Hills, Brisbane

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 07:00 PM · $20.00 AUD · 4 rsvps
Old Museum, in Brisbane, Australia

As part of the 'Queensland People's Bill' campaign, Lock the Gate Alliance is holding a 'Film and Food Night' at the iconic Old Museum - Bowen Hills!

Get up to date on what's happening around Queensland, on issues that affect us all.

The night will feature Lock the Gate Alliance's riveting and informative documentary, 
Fractured Country. This film provides a descriptive overview of the mining juggernaut happening around Australia, including the invasive gasfields on the Darling Downs, our precious food bowl. It explains the impact this activity is having on our farmlands, water, communities and future.

Pizza and sushi will be provided, with beer and delicious wine for sale. Great conversations will round out an informative and pleasant evening. 

Seats are limited so you will need to book now. Ticket price is $20 at the door.

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Defenders Picnic

Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Bicentennial Park, Glebe

Join us as we create a human sign and enjoy a family friendly picnic to defend our land, water and future from coal and gas.

Bring your picnic basket, rug and chair for a fun-filled day community day.

There will be speakers including Michael Caton and Julie McCrossin, food stalls, prizes and the opportunity to hear more about inspiring grassroots campaigns.

COME CELEBRATE OUR COMMUNITY with The Stayers Blues Band, the Radical Marching Band, the Balmain Ukulele Klub, Nick Wales and more! 

This event is hosted by the Balmain Defenders of Our Land, Our Water, Our Future in partnership with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition as part of the People's Climate Mobilisation. 

Drew Hutton Public Lecture - Political Activism: From the Vietnam War to Climate Change

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 06:00 PM · 2 rsvps

The 1960s saw an upsurge in radical leftist politics as predominantly young people reacted against stultifying, conservative governments and social mores to build mass social movements and new cultures. While these movements achieved varying success, much of the reforming impetus of this period continued as youthful activists turned their backs on romantic revolutionary
goals. In doing so, they began what Rudi Dutschke called “the long march through the institutions”, with an approach to politics I call radical democracy. This paper looks at three of these individuals - Tom Hayden, Joschka Fischer and Adam Michnik - and charts their influence, and that of the movements they were part of, to the present day.

Drew Hutton is an activist, author and academic. He has been involved in peace, environmental and social justice social movements for over four decades. He is the author, with Libby Connors, of A History of the Australian Environment Movement (Cambridge UP, 1999), a founder of the Australian Greens and also of the Lock the Gate alliance. This alliance brings together farming communities and environmental activists to challenge coal and unconventional gas mining, and featured in a recent ABC Australian Story episode on Drew in 2014.

Longview Farm Party

Friday, October 03, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Longview Farm in Caffreys Flat, Australia

At a loose end for the long weekend? Why not attend a family friendly event that is proudly supporting Lock the Gate Alliance.

The Longview Farm Party is held annually and boasts an exceptional array of activities and entertainment to satisfy both young and old alike.

Longview_Party_2014_Invitation_2-2.pngHeld from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th October 2014 the entertainment includes:

  • Movies under the stars
  • Fire works
  • Loads of live bands
  • Giant waterside
  • Belly dancing performance & workshop
  • Espresso Coffee Van
  • 24hr BBQ – Mt George Rural Fire Brigade
  • 800mtr River frontage

Situated in the Manning Valley hinterland on the Nowendoc River the venue features crystal clear water, rapids, huge deep swimming spots and great camping locations.

By car it is approximately 30 minutes from Wingham/Taree, 1 hour from Gloucester and 4 hours from Sydney.

A limited number of tickets are available now for $150 per adult. School aged children attending with their family are FREE.
Children not attending with their own parents are required to pay $150 each and must be in the care of a nominated supervising adult.

For more information please visit the website.

With the upper reaches of the Manning catchment now facing imminent fracking for coal seam gas, your support of Lock the Gate Alliance is very important and this event is a great way to do just that.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Protecting our Heritage, Embracing the Future

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 04:00 PM · $130.00 AUD
Ivory's Rock in Peak Crossing,, Australia

Protecting our Heritage. Embracing the future is the second national gathering of the community movement beyond coal and gas.  Bringing together people from one end of Australia to the other, it will be a rare and important opportunity for communities to share experiences and to learn from one another.

Lock the Gate is a partner of this event. For more information see the official website here:

Bridging the divide – food justice in rural and urban Queensland

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Griffith University EcoCentre in Nathan, Australia

Free one day symposium that explores current issues affecting our food, land and water.

Speakers include key members of the Lock the Gate movement including:

Drew Hutton, President, Lock the Gate Alliance
Annette Hutchins, Bridging the Divide
Jo Hill, Bulliac Angus Cattle Stud, Miles
Rob and Sally McCreath, Friends of Felton

Michelle Maloney, Australian Earth Laws Alliance

...and many more inspiring speakers covering topics surrounding food justice, food and water security, health, and community responses.

For more information visit the AELA website here: and spread the word via facebook here:

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