AGL will soon be making a decision about whether to proceed with its flawed Gloucester gas project. Gloucester is a beautiful place with a spectacular environment which must not be allowed to become an industrial gas field. For the Love of Gloucester Festival will be held on the 12th, 13th and 14th February and is a celebration of all that is wonderful about a CSG free Gloucester.
Please join us for a weekend of great music, great food and great fun. Come and camp for two nights at the Gloucester showground and enjoy live entertainment on Friday and Saturday night.
On Saturday take part in our regular peaceful street walk through town to show AGL that they are not wanted and then visit the Gloucester Farmer’s market. On Saturday afternoon you can choose from many activities such as: white water kayaking, wine tasting, swimming at Rocky Crossing, yoga or tai chi, drumming, shopping or just hanging about. On the Sunday join another peaceful walk to AGL’s fracking sites to tell AGL to leave town. Delicious local food will be available over the weekend at the showground.
Senate Inquiry into CSG starts in Dalby on Wednesday 17th February
Can you be there?
Join us in supporting the farmers and communities of Queensland on the first day of the Senate Inquiry into unconventional gas mining in Dalby.
This is a vital opportunity for the families of Queensland under threat from CSG to have their voices heard on the national stage.
It will be an historic day as this risky and invasive industry finally receives the scrutiny it deserves.
Come to Dalby on Wednesday morning to show Australia and the communities affected by CSG that you support them.
Let's rally behind these brave people as they once again stand up for what's right.
We'll be gathering in a big group before the Inquiry, to hear from speakers and to send a message that urgent action is needed to protect Qld families from CSG.
WHEN: Wednesday 17th February 9.30am
WHAT: Protect Our Families from CSG Rally
Join Lock The Gate Alliance and friends in delivering a message to NSW Premier Mike Baird at his Manly office that we want urgent reforms on coal across NSW. Help to secure key mining and planning reforms in NSW this year including:
- No go areas for farmland, water, villages and homes.
- Tighter rules around coal mines’ pollutionimpacts for noise, air quality and water
- Change to assessment process to put the public interest first, provide checks and balances like merits appeals for the public and concurrence power for key agencies
Protections for communities and the environment from coal mining are long overdue, and we can't wait any longer.
Come along and be part of the statewide push to protect our farms, our water catchments and our health from further coal expansion in NSW.
See you there!
Hear about air pollution in Brisbane and SEQ. Join us for an informal discussion about:
* Coal dust from uncovered coal wagons and coal stockpiles
* Health effects
* Measures to control air pollution from coal
* Legal remedies in hotspot communities
* Community action and other solutions
Speakers include Dr David King (Doctors for the Environment Australia), Phil Hill and James Whelan (Environmental Justice Australia) and Revel Pointon (Environmental Defenders Office Queensland).
Please let us know if you're coming!
Further details? Phone James on 0431 150 928,
Did you know that there are still 96 producing coal seam gas wells near homes in Sydney's south west and families are being forced to deal with the impacts?
Come and listen to the stories of Sydney residents who live with 20 csg wells within 2kms of their homes. Hear from health professionals investigating complaints of bleeding noses, head aches and repiratory problems.
While gas company AGL may have exited their gas plans for Gloucester they still plan to produce gas near Camden until 2023.
Furthermore, the NSW Government are saying they want to hand out new CSG licenses across NSW.
Come along and hear what Sydney residents can do to ensure NSW is gasfield free once and for all.
Danielle Hodges, Spring Farm resident and campaigner
Melissa Haswell, Doctors for the Environment Australia
Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith, National Toxics Network
Moira Williams, 350.org
Come and find out more and what you can do.
Drinks and eats on sale — proceeds to the campaign.
Organised by Stop CSG Sydney and Lock the Gate Alliance
We'd have gasfields in the North West already - if it wasn't for our opposition. We've already had many victories: now it's time to finish the job! Santos plans at least seven gasfields for North West NSW. Across these regions the community has shown CSG is not welcome; an average of 96% of people across 3.2 million hectares have said 'yes' to remaining Gasfield Free.This event will help our network harness our latent community power - the 96%. Now is the perfect time to learn from the success of NSW communities, and finally bring protection to the North West. We plan to win! Groups and individuals will walk away with clear next steps - large or small - to contribute to tangible outcomes in a successful, historic year ahead.Saturday 27th February10am - 11am: Keynote address and Q&A with Senator Glenn Lazarus. Opened with a Gamilaraay acknowledgement of Country11.00am - 11.20am: Overview of the campaign: a multi-media presentation.
11.20am - 11.40am: MORNING TEA - provided
11.40am - 12.10pm: Situational analysis presentations: quick overviews to 'get on the same page' about where we're at.
- Politics and assessment processes: George Woods, Lock the Gate NSW Coordinator.
- Economics: Bruce Robertson, financial analyst for 30 years, for companies such Nippon Life, Perpetual Trustees and BT investments. He was involved in the campaign that stopped Transgrid’s 330,000v transmission line down the Manning Valley on economic grounds, and in the campaign against AGL's Gloucester Gas Project.
12.10pm - 12.25pm: Group exercise: Citizen, Rebel, Reformer, Change Agent.
12.30pm - 1 .30pm: LUNCH - available for purchase at the Golf Club venue
1.30pm - 4pm: Facilitated strategic planning - Join experienced facilitators in group processes to help map a path to victory!
Breakout group topics will include: engaging towns, corporate campaigning, politics, PEL cancellation/s, and;
Waking up the Gasfield Free Communities, with Annie Kia.
The following morning, Annie will run a dedicated workshop about the Gasfield Free Community Strategy from 9-11am.
9.00am - 11.00am: Gasfield Free Communities - how to get traction with this strategy, with Annie Kia.Across Australia, more than 370 communities have declared themselves Gasfield Free or Coal Free. We're learning so much about what hinders, and what helps this empowerment process. If you want to get Gasfield Free Communities underway, this session will help you do it in a way that powers the campaign. It's much more than a survey! Annie Kia is from Lock The Gate and pioneered this successful strategy.
Stop Coal Seam Gas Camden are hosting a public meeting at Camden Uniting Church on the future of the Camden Gas Project. Will you come along?
Recently, we celebrated, as AGL announced it would not proceed with coal seam gas production at Gloucester and that they would wind-up their Camden Gas Project by 2023.
However, AGL still have operating gas wells less than 100 metres from family homes in the Camden local government area, and a recent news poll in the Camden Advertiser has found 85% of the community want to see the closure of these wells sooner.
Among the biggest concerns about unconventional gas is its impact on health. We'd like to invite you to come along and hear first hand accounts and the latest scientific research about the health affects of coal seam gas at our forum in Camden on Saturday 27th February.
Guest speakers include Camden resident Danielle Hodges who has recently arrived home from the International Anti-Fracking Summit in Paris where she spoke out publicly about her family's experience living in the Camden Gas Project.
Other guests include Dr Mariann-Lloyd Smith from the National Toxics Network who will discuss alarming new research into the health impacts of unconventional gasfields in the US and Australia.
Please RSVP here and tell those who you think will be interested in coming along and getting active.
Hope to see you there.
Across Australia, more than 370 communities have declared themselves Gasfield Free or Coal Free. We're learning so much about what hinders, and what helps this empowerment process. If you want to get Gasfield Free Communities underway, this session will help you do it in a way that powers the campaign. It's much more than a survey! Annie Kia from Lock The Gate pioneered this successful strategy and will be in Narrabri to run this informative and fun workshop to help you get underway in making your community Gasfield Free.
2016 will be an important and challenging year in the Hunter, as we grapple with the continuing decline of the coal industry, and ask what kind of future our region will have in a world that's quitting coal.
Muswellbrook is one Hunter community at the front-line of the coal debate. Already struggling with the cumulative impact of several of the largest open-cut coal mines in the Hunter, Muswellbrook is also a targeted growth area for future coal expansions.
We want to talk to the residents of Muswellbrook about coal and it's future in our region, and find out what they think. On the first weekend in March, teams of volunteers - young and old, veterans and first-timers, will survey the town's residents with a few simple questions about coal.
Will you join us? Don't worry if you're not an expert on coal mining - you don't need to be. Our survey is pre-prepared, quick and easy, and non-confrontational. It'll be a great weekend with great people, a wonderful way to get involved in the Hunter coal campaign and make positive change in our region. And we'll be camping out somewhere nice on Friday and Saturday nights, too.
Here's an outline of our plan (you can come to some of it, or the whole lot):
- Friday evening, 4th March: Meeting and socialising at our camp ground near Muswellbrook.
- Saturday morning, 5th March: briefing and training session. We'll go through the plan, split up into teams, have a few practice runs, and get ready to hit the streets.
- The rest of Saturday: Door-knocking!
- Saturday night: Dinner and festivities at camp.
- Sunday morning first thing: Another briefing and training session.
- Sunday, til lunch time: More door-knocking!
Please register your interest below. We'll be in touch soon with more information.
The village of Bulga is defiantly celebrating its history and its future in the face of multinational mining giant Rio Tinto's plans to expand the Mount Thorley Warkworth super-pits closer to their community. Come and join the fun of the Bulga Beats festival. It's free! Spread the word far and wide to rally the extended family together, the mother in law, the cousin that doesn't leave his computer games... Drag them out to Bulga for a full day jam packed with markets, music, cars and dance and also food, allow them to rub their feet in the dirt and maybe a walk through the mountains... Throw what ever you feel the event deserves into one of the many buckets either on entry or at a donation point.