Bylong Valley: coal or agriculture? It’s #Time2Choose


Plans for an open cut coal mine in the Bylong Valley put this magnificent farming district at risk.

Join us for a free public forum in Willoughby where we will hear from Hunter locals on how this project will impact Aboriginal cultural heritage, critical farmland and water resources.

Let's stop coal mining from destroying this spectacular valley! Please RSVP below.

Speakers include:

Peter Andrews: An observer of natural systems who has devoted his life to the development of Natural Sequence Farming techniques to restore the balance of water cycles in the landscape. Peter Andrews was also awarded Australia's The Order of Australia Medal.

Scott Franks: A Wonnarua Native Title Claimant, and CEO of Tocomwall Pty an Aboriginal owned and operated company focused on the full recognition, documentation, protection and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage within Country.

Warwick Pearse: Warwick's Family has had a farm in the Bylong Valley for 50 years. He is the Acting Secretary of the Bylong Valley Protection Alliance (BVPA). He has held a number of senior government and academic positions in Australia, and has extensive experience in occupational and environmental health.

Bev Smiles: Convenor of the Hunter Communities Network, and a long time resident of Wollar. She has dedicated her life to defending the Hunter from the unfettered expansion of Coal.

Tim Buckley:  Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, Tim Buckley has 25 years of financial markets experience, specializing in equity valuation, including as a top-rated analyst and as co-founder and managing director of Arkx Investment Management.

MC: 2017 Willoughby Citizen of the Year Janet France.

All are welcome and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information email:, or call Marina at 0413949141.


February 21, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Willoughby Uniting Church
10 clanwilliams St
Willoughby , NSW 2068
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