Georgina Woods

  • Melissa Price Caves to Adani Pressure and Rubber Stamps Risky Water Plan

    Lock the Gate Alliance says the Federal Government has thrown Central Queenslanders under a bus, and put scarce water resources at risk, following news they have rushed through approval for Adani’s final water management plan.

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  • Call the Premier to protect the Plains

    Make the call for the Liverpool Plains today

    Call the NSW Premier on (02) 8574 5000


    Always stay polite and calm. The phone will be answered by an office assistant.

    Introduce yourself and where you are from.

    Tell them you want to pass a message on to the Premier about the Shenhua coal mine and exploration licence.

    Ask them to write down your name and address and make sure your name is passed on to the Premier.

    If they will not take your message, you can send the Premier an emailed message about this mine here.

    Key Talking Points

    • The Resources Minister has announced a buy back of only half the exploration licence for the Shenhua coal project, on the Liverpool Plains near Gunnedah, but that won't stop the risky Shenhua Watermark coal mine.
    • Paying Shenhua $262 million for half the licence and allowing the mine to proceed is unacceptable. The entire licence must be cancelled, the mine stopped and the Liverpool Plains protected in law.
    • The likely risks to the precious groundwater resources, farming and food production from coal mining in this location are too high.
    • The foodbowl on the Liverpool Plains is too sensitive, and has outstanding national significance.  It should be given permanent protection from coal mining.

    Background Information

    Here’s some background to help you

    • Shenhua’s Watermark coal mine on the Liverpool Plains was approved by State and Federal Governments in 2015, but no work has started on it yet. There is still time to act to stop it.
    • The half of the exploration licence that has been bought back is entirely outside the area Shenhua planned to mine, and the company says the Government has agreed to renew the rest of it.
    • A statement released by Shenhua after the Government announced this buy back deal confirms they intend to go ahead with the full scale of their coal mine - in fact, the Government's actions have paved the way for it.
    • Shenhua is obligated to give the NSW Government $200 million when it applies for a mining lease for the Watermark coal mine, which it has stated it intends to do. The Government has effectively given them the money they needed to proceed with the mine.
    • The Liverpool Plains is a farming district that produces grain and beef on rich black soils, fed by clean and abundant groundwater from the Namoi alluvial aquifer.
    • It’s not an appropriate place for coal mining and the local community has fought for years to protect it, supported by people from across the state.
    • The company’s exploration licence expired more than a year ago, and since that time it has been negotiating with the state Government to renew it.
    • In October last year an eight year deadline passed on the original grant of the licence, giving the Minister for Resources the opportunity to cancel it.
    • Shenhua cannot get a mining lease and build the Watermark mine, ruining the Liverpool Plains without first getting this exploration licence renewed.
    • The State Government has the power and the opportunity to cancel the entire exploration licence and save the Liverpool Plains. We want them to do it!

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  • Stand with Wendy: Stop the Hunter coal rush

    Hunter Valley farmer Wendy Bowman has been awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her extraordinary success in protecting her farm from being open cut for coal mining.

    Will you help us amplify Wendy's win and shine a spotlight on the damage coal mining is doing to the Hunter Valley?

    Wendy was forced to leave her land once due to a coal mine, but when they tried a second time on her next farm she stood her ground.

    She has beaten a coal mining company in court, and now we need to change the law so no more Australian farmers are forced to move for coal mining.

    Write a message to Australian politicians telling them to stop letting coal companies buy-up huge areas of farmland. In the Singleton Shire where Wendy farms, coal companies own 15% of all freehold land and 27% of all mapped strategic agricultural land.

    When the government grants approval for a mine, they let them pollute the landscape with noise and air far beyond their own boundaries, forcing local people to sell up and leave. Wendy Bowman has stood her ground - support her courage today and help other Hunter farmers under threat.


    207 signatures

    To: Barnaby Joyce, Niall Blair, Anthony Roberts, Australian and New South Wales Agrilculture and Planning Ministers,

    I support Hunter Valley farmer Wendy Bowman in her fight to stop coal mines buying up and mining the best farmland in the Hunter Valley.

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  • signed ProtectTheHunter 2016-08-29 10:09:17 +1000

    Protect The Hunter Valley


    Bylong Valley and Tarwyn Park

    The Bylong Valley is a place of extraordinary scenic beauty and heritage significance. The Bylong Valley Way follows the Goulburn River past dramatic sandstone escarpments to Bylong. Tarwyn Park, the home of Natural Sequence Farming is now owned by a coal mining company and the fight is on to protect it. The coal mine proposed at Bylong would dramatically deplete water resources in the Valley and change this productive agricultural district forever.

    Wendy Bowman, the "Hero of Camberwell"


    Wendy has been fighting coal mines for nearly 30 years and was a founding member of Hunter Minewatch. Wendy’s first property on Bowman’s Creek was a successful dairy farm until underground mining cracked the creek and removed her water supply.



    The village of Wollar was declared in March 1885 and was a thriving rural village, until Wilpinjong coal mine started up ten years ago. The heart of Wollar has been eaten away with noise and pollution from Wilpinjong driving people away, and most of the land and the village purchased by American energy company Peabody Energy which owns the mine. The community of Wollar has been decimated.



    Bulga already cops the dust and noise from three of the Hunter’s huge open coal mines. For six years, residents of the village struggled to save their town from the expansion of Rio Tinto's Warkworth coal mine. They challenged the Government’s approval But Rio Tinto and the NSW Government joined forces against them. They changed laws and regulations. They re-submitted the mine proposal and rolled over all the objections to approve it, taking away the community’s right to appeal the decision in court.


    496 pledges

    Will you join the campaign to Protect The Hunter Valley?

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  • endorsed 2015-08-28 09:10:12 +1000

    Our common home

    Bishops, wine-makers, livestock producers and conservationists have penned a joint letter to NSW Premier Mike Baird calling on him to protect our common home from a coal mining industry that is out of control.  You can read the full text of the joint letter here

    Our common home, our farmland, rivers, villages and bushland are being torn up or ruined for coal mining. How long are coal affected communities expected to wait for the Government to do something to fix up coal mining? 

    We've put an ad in Mike Baird's local paper, the Manly Daily, and want all of you to give him a call and add your voice to the push to reform coal mining and save our communities, landscapes and rural industries. Can you call him?



  • commented on Contact Us 2015-08-19 09:16:33 +1000
    Love the new website.

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