Want to get involved in coal and gas protests, activism and action in the Hunter region? Curious about what Lock the Gate does? Got a few hours a week to spare to help communities facing inappropriate mining? Come along to the first of our fortnightly coal and gas action group meetings.
It's been another big year in the Hunter for the brave communities taking on coal and gas. The mining companies are on the defensive, struggling to maintain their social licence to operate, and resorting to ever more shrill and desperate attacks on those who value clean air, clean water, and liveable communities over profits.
Join us at the beautiful River Flats Estate on the Wollembi Brook, to celebrate our achievements, reflect on our losses, and kick around some ideas about how we can make 2015 a landmark year for the community's battle against coal and gas.
Phil Laird, Lock The Gate's national coordinator
And more tbc
Friday 5th December
5 – 8pm
River Flats Estate - 530 Wollembi Road, Broke
Food and drink available by donation.
The Hunter Central River Alliance includes over 40 local groups around the region working together to protect communities and the environment from coal and gas mining.
Hosted by Yana Alana, with guest speaker Cam Walker this gig is on Thursday December 11th at the John Curtin Hotel in Carlton.
Tickets $10 presale or $15 at the door.
Doors at 8pm
In April 2013 the NSW Land and Environment Court rejected Rio Tinto's bid to bring its Warkworth open cut coal mine up to the edge of the village of Bulga, in the Hunter Valley. There were jubilation and tears of relief from Bulga residents, who had fought a long and determined campaign to save their community from coal.
Rio Tinto appealed the case to the Supreme Court. They lost again. Both times, the judges ruled that expanding the Warkworth coal mine would do more harm than good, not just for Bulga but for the whole of NSW.
Now, the NSW Government is trying to approve the project again, and this time they won't let it near a court room. Rio Tinto have rebadged and resubmitted their Warkworth mine plans, and the Planning Department has recommended approval. On 18th December, the NSW Planning Assessment Commission will hold a public hearing in Singleton to consider the latest proposal to expand the Warkworth coal mine.
It's time the NSW Government stood with communities, not coal companies. Join the residents of Bulga as they rally for fairness, justice, and the rule of law.