Protect Gloucester Valley from Coal Seam Gas and Coal mining expansion  .
  • Petitioned Hon Premier Barry O'Farrell, - Minister for Western Sydney

This petition was delivered to:

NSW Liberal Party
Hon Premier Barry O'Farrell, - Minister for Western Sydney
Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
The Hon Tony Burke MP
Federal Government of Australia
Hon Julia Gillard - Prime Minister

Protect Gloucester Valley from Coal Seam Gas and Coal mining expansion .

    1. groundswell gloucester
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      groundswell gloucester

      Gloucester, Australia

The Gloucester valley is a vital area for agriculture, food production, tourism and is a historically significant spiritual place for Aboriginal communities.

Our aquifers and groundwater systems are not well understood by the Coal Seam Gas industry and we are trying to achieve an independent study of the cumulative impacts of all the extractive industries before the valley becomes an industrialised zone.

The health of those who live here is of paramount importance as is the 'clean, green' image we have been fostering for 25 years with food production, farmers markets, tourism and lifestyle relocation.

The Gloucester Valley has been listed for nomination on the State Heritage register for over 35 years as a region of outstanding geographic beauty. There is a strong agricultural heritage through the historic AA Co in the 1880's to the present day.

The tragedy of the rampant and uncoordinated approach to extractive industries in this state means that the cumulative impacts are never assessed by the companies or the State Government. Health issues are ignored.

The devastating situation we are facing is happening because no one in Government has the courage, fortitude or wisdom to see that it is unsustainable to destroy arable farmland, aquifers and river systems for the quick dollar and dubious job quotas that are touted as the reason for the collateral damage to our communities.

To:
Hon Premier Barry O'Farrell, - Minister for Western Sydney, NSW Liberal Party
The Hon Tony Burke MP, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Hon Julia Gillard - Prime Minister, Federal Government of Australia
Protect Gloucester Valley from 110-330 csg wells/coal mining expansion .

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Petition delivered to Hon Tony Burke! Thank you

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      Petition Organizer

      Last week, four teams of community representatives and farmers from coal and CSG affected NSW and Queensland regions met with over 40 Parliamentarians and their policy advisors. Julie Lyford (Convenor Groundswell Gloucester), Chris Sheed (Manning Clean Water Action Group (MCWAG) and Steve Phillips (Lock The Gate Hunter Alliance) met with the following Parliamentarians : -
      Hon Tony Burke (Minister Environment), Hon Gary Grey (Minister Resources), Joel Fitzgibbon, Rob Oakshott, Fiona Nash, Louise Markus, Larissa Waters, Scott Ludlum, Bob Baldwin, Greg Hunt (Opposition Environment), Bronwyn Bishop and Craig Thompson. They all received detailed documentation regarding the situation in the Gloucester Valley and were very receptive regarding the overwhelming cumulative impacts facing our communities
      Handing over the Groundswell Gloucester petition to the Hon Tony Burke on the day the landmark water trigger bill went through both houses of Parliament...well done Tony Windsor and Rob Oakshott!

    2. Water trigger bill passes both houses

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      WATER has finally been given the status it deserves in the assessment of coal-seam gas and coal mining developments with the so-called 'water trigger' amendment to national environmental law passing the Senate this week.
      The amendment to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act means water becomes a new matter of national environmental significance, making it a requirement of law that the federal environment minister assess coal seam gas and coal mining developments that could have an impact on water resources.
      Independent Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott has welcomed the bill passing its final hurdle the Senate despite the delaying tactics of the National Party.
      "The 'water trigger' is now law. It's been a long time coming, and I thank my community, Gloucester and Taree in particular, for lobbying for this important change," Mr Oakeshott said.
      "I also thank New England MP Tony Windsor and Caroona Coal Action Group's Tim Duddy for their work, and the BGSP Alliance and GRiP in

    3. Groundswell Gloucester opens a shop front! Come and visit :)

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      Petition Organizer

      Many thanks to all who have signed the petition. We have 5,512 signatures and need 5,000 more so please send on to your contacts if you have not done so...thank you! We have opened a shop in Gloucester where you can come and find all the information about the perfect storm about to hit our beautiful valley....and we need you to help us turn the tide against 330 proposed gas wells and two open cut mines/expansion that will engulf over 40 + farms, a 4th generation top class diary, homes and environmentally sensitive land and scenic zones. And the water and air quality? Gloucester is the front line just like Margaret River was in WA....we are in for the long haul. Who do you bank with? Have super funds with? Do they support the coal and CSG industry? Ask them where they invest..and change if they do.
      It's in your hands to make great, lasting sustainable change for a liveable planet. This is a human rights, environmental and social justice issue that is unacceptable. Thanks.

    4. Reached 5,000 signatures
    5. How coal burns Australia The true cost of burning coal

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      How coal burns Australia The true cost of burning coal

      http://reneweconomy.com.au/2013/is-the-coal-industry-economically-worthless-25804


      Is the coal industry economically worthless? : Renew Economy

      A report released on April 24 by the Australian coal industry, Adding value to the Australian Economy , unsurprisingly documents only one side of the ledger. It is perhaps more surprising that this one-sided report has some academic imprimatur, when review of the international literature reveals a very different picture.

    6. Reached 2,500 signatures
    7. A blast from the past....why do politicians lose their integrity of process

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      Petition Organizer

      THE HERALD – 8 April 2010
      Mine impacts should be determined first – Let’s think more before we act, writes George Souris

      “If the planning process is to have any integrity at all we have to leave behind the level of hoodwinking that’s going on; that it will all be considered in the wash-up at the end of the planning process, maybe a decade later.

      At that point I’m afraid we are really only debating the conditions of consent. People have lives to lead, estates to plan, their family’s future no less.”

      So what has happened to your beliefs Minister???

    8. Reached 2,000 signatures
    9. Brilliant billboard re coal dust health

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      Billboard on the Pacific Highway

      ABC News – 25 March 2013

      A community-funded billboard has been launched in Newcastle as part of a campaign to halt a major expansion proposed for the city's coal export terminal.

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-25/27no-more-coal-dust273a-community-funded-billboard/4593808

      'No more coal dust': community-funded billboard - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

      Posted March 25, 2013 21:41:02 A community-funded billboard has been launched in Newcastle as part of a campaign to halt a major expansion proposed for the city's coal export terminal. Port Waratah Coal Services plans to build a fourth coal loader, known as T4, on Kooragang Island.

    10. Rob Oakshott MP - OAKESHOTT WELCOMES TIGHTER CSG SCRUTINY

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      MEDIA RELEASE
      12 March 2013
      OAKESHOTT WELCOMES TIGHTER CSG SCRUTINY
      INDEPENDENT Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott says he is pleased water will be recognised in law as a trigger for federal government assessment of coal-seam gas and large coal mine developments.
      The proposed change to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill includes water resources as a new matter of national environmental significance.
      “It’s a bitter-sweet moment for my own community of Gloucester, where AGL’s 110-gas well project was approved by the federal minister just a month ago because, under the existing Act, his consideration was limited to threatened species,” Mr Oakeshott said.
      “If there is good news for Gloucester it’s that stages two to five of the project, another 220 wells, will have to be referred to the federal environment minister for consideration.
      “The federal minister will also need to consider the advice of the Independent Expert Scientific Committee.
      “I am pleased we are now s

    11. RESIDENTS REAFFIRM OPPOSITION TO CSG DEVELOPMENT

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      Media Release
      RESIDENTS REAFFIRM OPPOSITION TO CSG DEVELOPMENT

      A capacity crowd gathered at the Senior Citizens Centre in Gloucester last night to attend a public meeting called to discuss recent coal seam gas developments. The crowd, estimated to be in the vicinity of 300, filled the hall and spilled out onto the adjoining terraces.

      Federal Member for Lyne, Rob Oakeshott and Gloucester Mayor, John Rosenbaum addressed the meeting and spoke about Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke’s recent approval of AGL’s Gloucester Gas Project and NSW Premier O’Farrell’s refusal to apply the proposed 2 km CSG exclusion zone to AGL’s Gloucester Gas Project.

      Barrington-Gloucester-Stroud Preservation Alliance Chairperson, Graeme Healy said, “The meeting was called at relatively short notice and the large crowd in attendance reflects the deep opposition in the community to the development of a coal seam gas field in the valley. Speaker after speaker spoke passionately about their concerns.”

    12. Rally against massive new Coal terminal

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      Petition Organizer
      VIDEO: Debate rages over T4 coal-loader after rally

      DEBATE continued to rage on Sunday between protesters and the mining industry over a proposed fourth coal loader in Newcastle. An estimated 1500 people marched through Newcastle on Saturday to protest against the proposed terminal because of concerns about pollution, health, increased mining, climate change and impact on Kooragang Island.

    13. Four Corners meet Gloucester residents at meeting

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      Petition Organizer
      Drill rig's arrival prompts calls for blockade

      THE arrival of a drill rig in Gloucester last Friday resulted in a groundswell of support from opponents of coal seam gas (CSG) offering to blockade AGL's Gloucester Gas Project. The drill rig, owned by drilling and engineering company AJ Lucas, travelled to Gloucester late last week from the northern rivers after mining company Metgasco suspended its CSG extraction plans in the area.

    14. Reached 1,500 signatures
    15. NCC Mining and Gas Toolkit - What you can do

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      NCC Mining and Gas Toolkit | Nature Conservation Council of NSW

      Communities and natural areas in NSW are facing an unprecedented level of threat from mining and gas expansion, including risks to water quality and availability, air quality, health impacts, food production and other productive industries. In an important step in the right direction, the NSW Cabinet voted to prohibit new coal seam gas activities within two kilometres of residential areas and sensitive rural industries.

    16. Social licence needed for mining in towns

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      Newcastle Herald – 4 March 2013
      OPINION: Social licence needed for mining in towns by Aled Hoggett, Gloucester Shire Councillor.
      The dialogue around mining and coal seam gas is distressing. I live in a community looking down the barrel of a massive expansion of mining.
      Holes will be bored and dug on the doorstep of our town, and in our farmers’ backyards.

      read more: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1338326/opinion-social-licence-needed-for-mining-in-towns/?cs=308

    17. Reached 1,000 signatures
    18. This is what's happening to Gloucester

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      ABC TV News Sydney 20 February 2013

      Residents in the upper Hunter Valley town of Gloucester are stunned that Barry O'Farrell's coal seam gas buffer zone does not include them.
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-20/gloucester-residents-stunned-coal-seam-gas-buffer/4530582?section=nsw

      Gloucester excluded from CSG buffer zone. - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

      Residents in the upper Hunter Valley town of Gloucester are stunned that Barry O'Farrell's coal seam gas buffer zone does not include them.

    19. This is why Gloucester should get an independent scientific study

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      Petition Organizer

      ABC News – 22 February 2013
      Back-benchers in the NSW Government have won important concessions blocking coal seam gas extraction in residential and critical industry clusters. The policy back-flip is a win for environmental campaigners, but poses serious economic questions for the wider industry.
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-22/a-fracking-question---whats-behind-nsws-changed/4535430

      A fracking question - what's behind NSW's changed CSG policy? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

      Back-benchers in the NSW Government have won important concessions blocking coal seam gas extraction in residential and critical industry clusters. The policy back-flip is a win for environmental campaigners, but poses serious economic questions for the wider industry.

    20. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Kate Fitzgerald BUNBURY, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      There is nothing more important than taking a stand on this issue. It is our land and our water, our future.

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    • Harry Gordon SCORESBY, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Consider the implications before the profit.

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    • tamara da silva EXETER, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      because clean safe drinking water is crucial for the planet

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    • Anne Picot SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      We cannot afford to lose any agricultural land or jeopardise water supplies with the uncontrolled proliferation of Cs Gas exploration and extraction

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    • angela dalu AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      the chain reaction of protecting water and land is infinite, can't you see that?

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