Dean Draper

  • commented on Farmers take New Acland fight to High Court 2019-12-03 12:12:15 +1100
    Well done!
  • published Bylong October 2019 in Appeals 2019-10-22 12:46:04 +1100

    They're trying to overturn the Bylong mine refusal

    The NSW mining industry is trying to overturn the Bylong mine refusal and bring down the Independent Planning Commission.

    Check out our new TV ad, with local farmers demanding the Premier protects Bylong for good.

    Can you chip in to keep this running on TV, and show the mining giants that they don't own NSW?


  • published Bylong Refusal Paypal in Bylong October 2019 2019-10-22 12:45:58 +1100

    They're trying to overturn the Bylong mine refusal

    Don't stand by while the mining industry overturns the Bylong mine refusal.  Chip in to help us get this ad on TV


  • published doc_2 in pdf 2019-10-21 10:03:07 +1100

  • published Stop the Narrabri gas project in Appeals 2019-09-24 12:18:30 +1000

    Stop the Narrabri Gas Project

    The NSW Government has said they intend to push for a final decision on the dangerous Narrabri CSG project in north-west NSW early next year. 

    If approved, it could open the floodgates and unleash gasfields across southern Australia, undoing all the success of our amazing movement over the last 10 years.

    Can you help us stop this project, get the expert advice that is needed and push to get permanent protection for this recharge zone of the Great Artesian Basin?



  • published PDF 2 in pdf 2019-07-31 11:55:31 +1000

  • published adani_foi in Miscellaneous pages 2019-07-16 08:09:48 +1000

  • signed Stop Origin Fracking the NT 2019-04-16 17:48:27 +1000

    Stop Origin Fracking the NT

    Origin Energy are lining up to frack the Northern Territory this year, and in the firing line are some magical places, including recharge zones of Mataranka Hot Springs.

    Traditional Owners have told us that Origin Energy has ignored their concerns about fracking and not properly laid out the risks involved.

    Fracking the NT would be a disaster for the landscape, communities and waterways. Plus it would unleash massive emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas, and fuel global warming.

    We need to build a powerful movement of people willing to spread the word and take on Origin at every level, from their head offices to their board rooms.

    6,165 signatures


    I will stand up and be a part of the massive people-powered movement to stop Origin Energy’s plans to frack the Territory.

    Sign the pledge here and help stop Origin.

    Add signature

  • published WBB Fund Paypal in Wide Bay Burnett Appeal 2019-03-26 09:57:18 +1100

    Protect the Wide Bay Burnett

    Unconventional gasfields pose a major risk to the Wide Bay Burnett.  They threaten the clean green brand which our food-growing industry depends on.  If allowed to develop here, gasfields will devalue land and put water resources at risk. Can you help us protect the region?


  • published Hunter TVC 2019 in Appeals 2019-01-23 09:42:29 +1100


    $4,775.00 raised
    GOAL: $5,000.00

    Help us get this ad on TV!


  • donated 2018-10-31 13:10:58 +1100

  • signed Protect Our Food and Water 2018-10-24 16:03:26 +1100

    Protect Our Food and Water

    Many regions of the country are now facing one of the worst droughts on record.

    Due to climate change we face more variable rainfall and more frequent, severe fires. Our agricultural productivity is under increasing pressure.

    But coal and gas mines are still targeting many of our best food growing areas and precious water supplies.

    1,416 signatures

    Call on our state and federal politicians to protect our vital food growing land and water supplies.

    (This petition will be delivered to MP’s around the country in the lead up to the next election. See full text below.)

    Add signature

  • published Vickery coal mine in Miscellaneous pages 2018-10-12 17:02:41 +1100

    Save Our Sunburnt Country

    You can help drought affected farmers in North West NSW to stop one of the 11 new and expanding coal mines in NSW that together are bigger than Adani’s mega-mine in Queensland.

    Lodge your objection to the Vickery coal mine extension, near Boggabri, by 25 October.

    Lodge your objection here and help drought-affected farmers fight this big new coal mine.  See our handy tips below for some points you can make.

    The mine will be located close to the property and homestead “Kurumbede” which was the inspiration for several Dorothea Mackellar poems including the famous ‘My Country’ which starts ‘I love a sunburnt country’.

    Please take action to support local farmers standing up to save this sunburnt country.

    The mine is proposed by Whitehaven Coal and the people of Boggabri have learned from experience at Werris Creek and Maules Creek that Whitehaven does not keep promises.  

    Whitehaven has left rural communities shattered and landholders struggling when groundwater bores have run completely dry adjoining Whitehaven coal mines and they have refused to accept responsibility.  

    Make sure you say that you object to the mine. Here are some points you might like to raise:

    • Whitehaven already has an approval for a mine at the site, but with this project the company wants to more than double the volume of coal it mines every year, to 10 million tonnes. The infrastructure the company is proposing has larger capacity than the proposed mine, and farmers know from bitter experience that coal mines tend to grow…
    • The company proposes a new rail crossing over the Namoi River and floodplain and a new large coal handling facility that can process coal from other mines in the region.
    • Thanks to the efforts of farmers fighting the mine, Whitehaven was forced to move its pits a little further away from the Namoi River, but the pits now come close to the edge of the Namoi’s alluvial aquifer, the productive groundwater that underlies the river, and feeds it. The pits will induce leakage from the alluvial aquifer and the Namoi River itself.
    • People in the small community of Boggabri believe the community cannot handle a fifth mine in close proximity to the town. They’re concerned that the scale is too large for the town to cope with.
    • The mine will be located close to the historically significant property and homestead “Kurumbede” which was the inspiration for several Dorothea Mackellar poems including the famous “My Country.” One outbuilding at Kurumbede will be destroyed by mining and the homestead could suffer from the vibration of blasting and the loss of scenic value and quietude.  
    • The area adjacent to the proposed mine is strategic agricultural land and the impacts of dust and noise will make this land unliveable and likely impact the quality of crops grown there.
    • Already, 76 family farms have been purchased by Whitehaven in close proximity to the town of Boggabri. This has hollowed out the township, affected local businesses and rent the social fabric of the district. This proposal will mean more rural properties bought up because of air and noise pollution, irreversibly changing Boggabri.

  • published Our Work in Our Movement 2018-09-27 09:36:06 +1000

  • published Sydney dinner donate Pay Pal in Sydney dinner donate 2018-09-07 13:07:23 +1000

    A very Special Dinner

    This unique dinner event introduces you to some special guests from rural Australia.  The evening features quality food and wine from award-winning NSW farmers who are threatened by coal and gas mining projects.  

    We hope you will learn more about what you can do in Sydney to protect the land and water resources we all rely on and enjoy hearing from those who know what it's like to live amidst a gasfeild or next to a coal mine.

    We have a vision for a future predicated on renewable energy and regenerative agriculture.  That’s something we can all get behind and your support will achieve that.



  • Unconventional Gas Facts: Gas supply and Price

    coal seam gas, gas suplly, LNG gladstone, lock the gate allianceThe development of an export gas industry based on coal seam gas (CSG) production in Queensland has led to dramatic changes in the eastern-Australian gas market.

    Since the three new liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants in Gladstone came online in 2015-16, domestic gas prices in eastern Australia have increased by up to 500%, causing significant hardship for Australian consumers.

    Download the fully referenced fact sheet here.

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  • published Stop Adani Draining Our Lifeblood in Appeals 2018-03-29 09:09:10 +1100

    Chip In Today To Stop Adani's Water Grab

    $5,455.00 raised
    GOAL: $5,000.00

    The Adani mine puts our precious water resources at risk - rivers, springs and groundwater.

    Can you chip in to protect our water from this dangerous mine?

    With your support we can:

    • Run water forums in regional areas
    • Support graziers to have their voices heard
    • Get more expert advice about the impacts of the mine
    • Build the campaign to cancel Adani's water licences. 

    Just $25 today can make a huge difference. Don't let Adani hang Queensland out to dry.

    You can also share the Adani pledge on Facebook and Twitter!



    Read more facts with references about the impacts of the Adani mine on our precious water resources here.


  • signed Mine Rehab Petition 2018-03-28 12:30:44 +1100

    Make Coal Giants Pay for Mine Clean-Up

    Our new report – Abandoned Mines in Queensland: Toxic Time-bomb or Employment Opportunity? – calls for big mining companies to cover the cost of rehabilitating the State’s abandoned mines and estimates that this would generate 6000 jobs in regional Queensland!

    There are too many large abandoned mines, and the full cost of cleaning them up is too large and should not fall on taxpayers. If mines are levied to pay for the clean up, they can also create jobs in the process.

    Why should we miss out on hundreds of schools and hospitals because we’re footing the bill for the mess left behind by irresponsible mining companies?



    9,410 signatures

    We call on the NSW and Queensland Premiers to strengthen weak mining laws and force companies to honour their obligations to rehabilitate their mines. The following needs to be done:

    1. Increase the required deposit to cover rehabilitation costs
    2. Require all future mines to backfill their mining pits and protect water resources
    3. Establish an independent authority to monitor and enforce mine rehabilitation
    4. Penalise companies who breach rehabilitation requirements.

    Together we can ensure that the mining industry is held to account and that our land and water resources are protected against abandoned mines.

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  • published NT Appeal in NT Appeal 2018-03-08 10:24:30 +1100

    NT Fracking Appeal

    AEGN members can help us respond urgently to the upcoming decision by Chief Minister Gunner on whether or not to allow the NT to be opened up to fracking gasfields.  

    Lock the Gate operates in accordance with a privacy policy, which can be viewed here.


$372.00 raised
GOAL: $500.00


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