Protect The Hunter Valley


30% of the greater Hunter region is earmarked for coal mining or exploration.

The Hunter is a rich agricultural area, with diverse industries, a magnificent river system and endangered woodlands.

But all that is at RISK, coal companies are expanding out into more and more sensitive areas, while at the very same time laying off thousands of workers.

The Hunter Valley has a history of coal mining, but the mines are now so large and so numerous that whole villages and rural industries are being driven out.


We’re working hard to give communities their basic legal rights, to make the Government adopt effective air pollution laws and to restore the balance in land and water use. 

Download our Protect The Hunter (pdf) booklet. 


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.

Her second property, ‘Granbalang’ was surrounded by the Rix’s Creek Mine. She was forced to move from the heritage homestead with only 28 days notice.

Wendy’s third property, ‘Rosedale’ on Glennies Creek, is adjacent to the Ashton Mine. Wendy steadfastly refused to sell her property to Yancoal, owners of Ashton. She considered the opencut mine a major threat to Glennies Creek which provides all the water supply to the lower Hunter River. Glennies Creek corridor is also important for wildlife movements.


Bylong Valley and Tarwyn Park

The Bylong Valley is a place of extraordinary scenic beauty. The Bylong Valley Way follows the Goulburn River past dramatic stone escarpments to Bylong, home to unique Tarwyn Park. Tarwyn Park, the home of Natural Sequence Farming is now owned by a coal mining company and the fight is on to protect it. This historic place is at risk of being destroyed by a huge new open cut coal mine - the first proposed for the verdant Bylong Valley.


The village of Wollar was declared in March 1885. Wollar had been a thriving rural village, but in the last eight years, the heart of Wollar has been eaten away by the nearby Wilpinjong open cut coal mine. The noise and pollution from Wilpinjong have driven people away, and most of the land and the village of Wollar has been purchased by American energy company Peabody Energy who own Wilpinjong.

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.



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