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  • Petitioned The Hon. Julia Gillard

This petition was delivered to:

Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon. Julia Gillard
Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Jennifer Macklin
Deputy Premier, Minister Trade & Investment, Regional Infrastructure & Services
Andrew Stoner
Senator NSW Greens Party
Lee Rhiannon


    1. Petition by

      Max Cullen

Power company AGL have been granted NSW State Government approval to construct the LARGEST OPEN-CYCLE GAS FIRED POWER STATION IN AUSTRALIA (1000MW), on farming land 3km from the populated village of Dalton, on the Southern Tablelands of NSW.

Despite overwhelming public opposition to the project, this development has been granted approval by the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure and the NSW Planning Assessment Commission.

The proposal now requires approval by the commonwealth government. There are significant flaws in the AGL URS environmental assessment that present issues that are within the commonwealth jurisdiction. 

We demand that these unresolved issues receive comprehensive examination prior to any such approval being granted.

Prime Minister, Julia Gillard highlighted the failure of energy policy in Australia in her recent speech to the Energy Policy Institute: “One quarter of all retail electricity costs – more than $500 a year for a typical family – is spent to meet the costs of peak events that last for less than two days each year in total.” 

The proposed AGL Dalton Power Project, is such a “peaking” facility.  AGL proposes to invest $1.5 billion in a facility which it claims will only operate for 3% of the year.

The effects of this development will be felt by all consumers.  Less costly, environmentally responsible measures that ensure electricity is produced and consumed efficiently, are being ignored by our government. 

A gas fired power station such as this, should not be included in the Australian Clean Energy Future campaign.  An open cycle gas turbine, like the one proposed for Dalton, produces 85% of the emissions of a black coal fired power station. 

No assessment has been provided of the cumulative impact of highly persistent pollutants in harvested rainwater used locally for domestic drinking water.  

Those that choose not to subject themselves and their children to industrial noise and chemical exposure by relocating will not be compensated, yet AGL will generate profits for their shareholders out of the hardship and health risks they impose on the residents and tourism industry of the area.

If people are forced to sell their homes and properties to the proponent, we will lose the volume of population necessary to continue our businesses, schools, trade and tourism in the district; the socio/ economic fabric of our towns will be irreparably damaged.

If the power station doesn’t comply with limits of air and noise emissions, it is the community that will bear the costs. If this power station is at all necessary, the proponent should thoroughly investigate other more suitable locations and bear the associated costs of doing so. 

The Aboriginal custodians of the land upon which AGL plan to build their power station, have not been consulted regarding significant archeological artifacts discovered on site. The Buru Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation along with other Aboriginal stakeholders state they have:

“… uncovered numerous other sites containing objects that provide a rich and rewarding spiritual connection that must not be allowed to be destroyed for the sake of a development that could and should be relocated to another region of rural NSW”

“[we] feel strongly that the proposed area holds a Spiritual connection that must be preserved and protected. The area may not be an Uluru or Kakadu but it is still spiritually significant to us as the Traditional carers. Our Spiritual connection to country requires that we be afforded the proper dignity and respect of being afforded the right to protect that spiritual bond.  As we continually state, any planned work to be undertaken in the area that lies within our boundaries will impact and in most cases destroy our rich living cultural heritage”.

This development poses a real and devastating threat to this rural landscape, itʼs air quality, tranquility, safety, history, itʼs people and cultural heritage.


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      Max Cullen
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    2. Our fight against AGL on ABC 7:30 Report

      Max Cullen
      Petition Organizer

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    Reasons for signing

    • David Thorn AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      because our family property is the first property north east of the site

      • about 2 years ago

      Dear Julia Guillard, PM,

      It has come to my attention that there is a gas fired power station under planning development in NSW that will service expected electricity grid peak loading shortfalls. There is a vast array of technologies that are either on the market or under development (and many partially funded by government grants) that can reduce electricity grid peak loading phenomena. One such technology that is under development is called a solar thermal air conditioning system. Dr. Mike Dennis at the Australian National University (among other researchers) is pioneering this technology in Australia. I suggest you find his number from the ANU staff directory. Give the bloke a call, I'm sure he would love to have a chat about ways that the money could be better spent to reduce current and expected future peak energy loading on the electricity grid.


      Tom R. Cochrane BEng (Hons)

    • Lawrence McIntosh AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      As a nation we are beginning to have to invest in the next 50 years worth of energy generation infrastructure. lets get it right and have renewable energy in the mix. Secondly lets put some effort into fixing the broken electricity market which currently provides no incentive to consumers to reduce their demand on real peak events, the ones which actual lead to developments like this being proposed

    • Linsey Cole AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      The days when Gas and Coal were needed to power our communities are over. We have moved into the renewable age. Why would we destroy the livelihoods of a community, devalue their lands, pollute the atmosphere, compromise water security and contribute to climate change for an unwanted and unnecessary venture?

      • about 2 years ago

      We need less fossil fuel power stations, not more.


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