Victory: NT Government rejects Watarrka National Park gas exploration: full protection still needed

Published: November 25, 2015

Lock the Gate Alliance hailed the NT Government’s rejection last night of an application to explore for unconventional gas in Watarrka National Park in the red centre as a victory for common sense.

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Qld reduces financial assurances for mining rehabilitation by 10 per cent

Published: November 25, 2015

The Palaszczuk government has allowed mining companies to reduce by 10 per cent the financial assurances they pay to the state to cover rehabilitation of mine sites.

Lock the Gate Alliance President, Drew Hutton said that, as of October this year, companies no longer had to pay the GST component when they lodged a financial assurance (FA). Companies that had already lodged their FA could request a 10 per cent refund.

See details of the government’s GST reduction here.

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National shock: Fracking in Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park must be prevented

Published: November 24, 2015

National shock and community support for Traditional Owners has been the response to learning that Australian tourism icon Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park in the Northern Territory is under threat from gas fracking.

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Hundreds celebrate gasfield free North West

Published: November 23, 2015

Hundreds of people from across North West NSW gathered behind the Crossing Theatre in Narrabri yesterday to celebrate remaining Gasfield Free for another year and to show their ongoing and unwavering opposition to the Santos Narrabri Gas Project in the Pilliga Forest.

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Ashton ruling shows importance of community objection rights

Published: November 20, 2015

The Hunter Environment Lobby has welcomed today's ruling in the Court of Appeal that the Ashton South East Open Cut mine cannot go ahead without the consent of local farmer and landholder, Wendy Bowman.

The court upheld a previous Land and Environment Court ruling that Ms Bowman must voluntarily sell her property to Yancoal before the mine can go ahead.

The ruling will prevent the mine from going ahead, as Ms Bowman has no intention to sell.

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