Campaigns

North of Mudgee, Wollar village is littered with evidence of the progress and prosperity that original owner Excel promised would come to the community once the Wilpinjong mine was under way. Peabody, ’The Big American’, bought it, the mine began in 2006, and Wollar soon felt the impact indeed… Noise, both audible and low frequency, […]

The coal train rumbled past behind Tarwyn Park, as it often does on its route to and from Newcastle’s coal port and the Western Coalfields, where the Ulan, Moolarben and Wilpinjong mines are busy trashing other valleys, other villages. But on this last day of July 2016, it seemed an unwarranted rubbing in of salt […]

Young mum Nicky Coombes is passionate about her beautiful Bundook area, her Gloucester River, and her family’s right to clean air and water. As AGL’s coal seam gas project at Gloucester threatens all of these, she instigated a Gasfield-free Community survey in her Bundook locality. The first in the Gloucester region, the results showed that […]

On six continents groups large and small gathered to creatively celebrate and soothe the earth that we have so grievously wounded by our gung-ho extractive industries. In Gloucester, the Knitting Nannas Against Gas had been making sunflowers of every hue and size for months. On the day, sunflowers sprouted all over town, even on the […]

Last week I loaded my much-loved Gypsy camper on to my ute for the last time.  I have had to sell her due to financial problems. The first to see bought her, and I had several callers wanting me to gazump them and buy her sight unseen. I delivered her to her new home base […]

The NSW Gloucester Valley is stunningly beautiful. As I drove there on Saturday, I thought yet again how crazy it was to consider a gas field and a coal mine here. Tourism is what Gloucester is about, for itself and as the gateway to Barrington Tops. Industrialisation and the attendant pollution is the last thing […]

Last Sunday, April 19, hundreds of small groups of people parked their vehicles at staggered spots along 2000kms of the Newell and Pacific Highways. They were forming the longest anti-CSG protest ever. Amazingly, it all came about in three short weeks of Facebook frenzy. I had made a reconnaissance trip a few days earlier and […]

Q. What’s black and yellow, clicks quietly and annoys politicians? A. A Knitting Nanna Against Gas — a KNAG. KNAGs also own to being Knitting Nannas Against Greed. Never heard of the KNAGs? Well you’re about to be introduced, because I’ve just returned from the inaugural Internannanational Conference on the NSW north coast.  My friend […]

In mid-December last year, after AGL had fracked the four wells at their Waukivory Pilot CSG project at Gloucester, the Protectors Camp that I was visiting went into recess, but not before one intrepid protector followed the tankers carrying the contaminated wastewater to find out what they were doing with it, as AGL had not replied […]

I’ve been going to Gloucester twice a week lately, reaching the camp in time for the daily camp meeting and to catch grand sunsets like this one, joining whatever action is decided for the next early morning, helping ‘man’ the vigil info site.  Since the Halliburton fracking team snuck out at 4 am last week, […]

I’m not allowed on my front verandah at present. Two sets of protective parents say so. The Welcome Swallows have hatched a second set of babies in the original nest. I have spotted three sets of panting baby beaks so far. Perhaps being second time parents on my verandah in one season has made them […]

I stayed at the Gloucester Protectors Camp for three days last week. Set in farmer Ed Robinson’s mown paddock, with cows grazing beyond the fence and the mountains framing the valley views, it’s a scenic spot.   The camp is evolving daily; it has portaloos and fresh water and an embryonic kitchen. They need lots […]

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