Open letter to Doug Jackson and Andy Vesey

Open letter to Doug Jackson and Andy Vesey

October 27, 2016

AGL executives were greeted by a community protest outside its AGM on September 28 in Sydney calling for it to shut down its gas fields.

Residents from Camden, in south west Sydney, had come to tell the company that it must leave now, not in 2023.

Inside, several shareholders asked about AGL’s plans and why it had consistently refused to acknowledge the community’s concerns about the impact of wells being so close to homes and schools. They also wanted answers to questions such as AGL’s illegal method of disposing of waste from the mines and fugitive emissions from well heads.

Several weeks later, Doug Jackson, AGL Executive General Manager, Group Operations at AGL Energy responded in a letter, dated October 20, to one of the shareholder activists.

Below, Australian Mothers Against Gas Melinda Wilson takes apart his and CEO Andy Vesey’s claims at the AGM. At the end she asks AGL for answers to 6 questions.

Dear Doug Jackson,

At AGL’s AGM Andy Vesey and yourself told shareholders that the Camden community would be provided with a decommissioning schedule very shortly after the AGM.

Your recent email (October 20, 2016) stated that decommissioning details would be available at AGL’s Community Consultation Committee (CCC) in March 2017.

Considering the adverse health impacts of the gasfields, it is not acceptable to have to wait another 6 months.

Further, I draw your attention to the requirements of the CCC which state:
“Membership of the committee shall comprise: an independent chairperson”; “The committee should meet at

least twice per year”; and, “minutes need to be publicly available within 28 days of each meeting”. AGL is in breach of these.

Margaret McDonald-Hill, named as the chair of Camden’s CCC, is not independent. She is paid by AGL, via the Department of Trade and Investment.

This is a direct breach of the CCC requirements.
The CCC is required to meet twice per year, and yet the last recorded minutes were November 2015. This is another breach.
They are in breach as they have not met at all in 12 months.
The next CCC meeting is planned for March 2017. This is a another direct breach.
CEO Andy Vessey told the AGM: “There are no leaking wells in AGL’s Camden Gas Project.”

This is false, and was a deliberate intent to deceive shareholders and the public.

AGL’s own Annual Leak Detection and Repair reports shows that every year the number of leaks detected at the Camden Gas Project increases.

I draw to your attention to the AGL report, dated September 23 to October 3, 2014, that proves 28 leaks were identified — 11 of them minor, 13 as major and 4 as significant.
I draw to your attention AGL report, dated December 22, 2014 to December 11, 2015 that documents 40 gas leaks in three months. Of the leaks, 26 were reported as minor, 11 as major and three as significant.

In your email you stated:

1. “The Camden Gas Project has operated safely and will continue to do so. This has also been confirmed in a new fact sheet recently released by the NSW Department of Health.”

How NSW Health was able to arrive at this conclusion without interviewing anyone living in the Camden area reporting health problems including headache, rashes, sore eyes, nausea, nosebleeds, hair loss, respiratory distress is, frankly, unbelievable.

2. AGL states: “Methane is a low toxicity gas which has no impacts on human health at concentrations that commonly occur in the air around us.”

A gas field emits methane, and not at the commonly occurring levels. Methane levels near coal seam gas fields in Australia have been found to be as much as triple normal, or average, levels.

Maher, D.T., Santos, I.R. & Tait, D.R. Water Air Soil Pollution (2014) 225: 2216. doi:10.1007/s11270-014-2216-2 These findings have now been published in the Water, Air and Soil Pollution journal.

A new report written by people who support the unconventional gas industry, A review of current and future methane emissions from Australian unconventional oil and gas production, dated October 2016, states: “The act of burning methane (e.g. by using a flare, furnace, gas engine or other device), can produce pollutants such as formaldehyde which is a known respiratory health hazard.”

This contradicts AGL’s claim that “Methane has no impact on human health”.

The Melbourne University report notes that Australia’s unconventional gas producers are not monitoring fugitive emissions, largely because they do use the technology required to do so, preferring to instead rely on guesswork.

3. AGL states: “The information available suggests that neither the main gas extracted (methane), nor the most hazardous BTEX compound Benzene, could pose a risk even to the health of residents living very close to gas well heads in the Camden Gas Project area.”

However, the peer-reviewed study “Advances in Understanding Benzene Health Effects and Susceptibility” states:

“Benzene is a ubiquitous chemical in our environment that causes acute leukemia and probably other hematological cancers.

“Evidence for an association with childhood leukemia is growing.

“Benzene affects the blood-forming system at low levels of occupational exposure, and there is no evidence of a threshold.

“There is probably no safe level of exposure to benzene …”

4. AGL states: “Contamination of ground or surface water is unlikely due to the low volumes of produced water associated with the coal seams and the location of groundwater.”

There has already been a problem at the Camden Gas Project arising from a suspected vertical connection between coal seam gas-produced water and shallow groundwater.

The 2011-2012 “Water Quality Investigation Camden Gas Project” report by AGL stated “low salinity, ‘atypical’ produced water was detected.

“Aquifer connectivity was not conclusively ruled out due to a similar chemistry between coal seam produced water and shallow groundwater, and the presence of tritium (a radioactive isotope of hydrogen) in coal seam produced water would suggest there may be a vertical connection that would require further testing.”

5. AGL states: “AGL’s own commitment to safety should provide a high level of reassurance to the community.”

To date, AGL’s safety record has been anything but reassuring.

Here is a timeline of the problems:

In June 2016, the community reported that AGL’s CSG wells were flooded by the Nepean River and underwater. CSG waste water tanks were observed floating and emptying into the river. Locals observed the Nepean River bubbling around the flooded wells. It is still not known how much fluid entered the river or what it contained.

In January 2015, after a freedom of information request, it was discovered that CSG wells had been horizontally drilled under homes in Spring Farm, without the knowledge of home owners.

In November 2015, AGL’s CSG Leak Detection Report stated 19 out of 90 wells were leaking at the Camden Gas Project.

In November 2014, AGL’s Coal Seam Gas Leak Detection Report stated 11 out of 95 wells were leaking at the Camden Gas Project.

In August 2014, Spring Farm well 5 leaked gas for hours without any immediate response from AGL. Residents had to call emergency services. AGL had previously promised to shut down the gas supply in the event of an accidental gas release as part of its Safety Management System. Nothing like this happened on August 31, 2014. AGL was fined $15,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency for breaching its pollution license.

  • In November 2013, AGL’s Coal Seam Gas Leak Detection Report stated 9 out of 95 wells were leaking at its Camden Gas Project.
  • In September 2013, Spring Farm well 5 required repairs due to pieces of polyliner blocking the well.
  • In June 2013 and December 2012, Spring Farm well 5 required the removal of 104 metres of poly pipeblocking the well.
  • In January 2013, locals reported that one of the wells, located closest to the flooded Nepean River, had flooded and gas bubbles could be seen. There was concern that chemicals may have leached into the river. This event raised questions about the ability of the CSG industry to monitor itself.
  • In September 2012, AGL drilled coal seam gas well MP25 in Menangle Park, just 40 metres from the Nepean River without any community consultation. Residents received a notice in their mailboxes the previous night. Campbelltown City Council objected to the well, based on the site’s location within the Nepean River’s flood zone. But, it went ahead.
  • In May 2011, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham visited AGL’s CSG wells near Camden. While filming a drill rig near Glen Alpine, it exploded, spewing thick white foam into the air that gradually became a liquid aerosol and drifted toward Glen Alpine. This was of huge concern, given the fact that the Upper Canal, that supplies up to 20% of Sydney’s drinking water, was just 100 metres from the well.
  • In November 2011, Spring Farm well 9 leaked up to 1000 litres of water. The leak was due to an incorrectly sized Blowout Preventer used in the pipe ram blocks for the well.
  • In October 2006, locals reported that cattle were refusing to drink from Menangle Creek. The closest Road to the creek is Medhurst Road, the access road to AGL’s Rosalind Park Gas Treatment Plant. Locals observed water bubbling up through a crack in a rock from the Menangle Creek bed just 50 metres from a CSG well. In November 2006, a Department of Environment Climate Change officer inspected Menangle Creek with AGL and the complainant. Water samples were collected and a report presented to Macoun Environmental and Department of Planning. They inspected AGL’s well sites (RP6, RP7 and RP11) adjacent to Menangle Creek. No water discharge was evident and DECC therefore proposed no further action be taken. The water analysis report was never released.AGL claims that Camden produces 5% of NSW gas supplies. If this is the case, it is definitely not critical to the NSW gas supply.

    Nevertheless, the dangers of this industry far outweigh any conceivable benefit. In a climate challenged world, Australia needs to move rapidly to sustainable energy, as AGL itself acknowledges.

    The Camden community wants all AGL coal seam gas wells decommissioned now. We do not accept AGL’s proposed leave date of 2023: we do not want to suffer another 7 years of health problems.

    Finally, I would appreciate responses to the following:

1. When will AGL comply with CCC requirements and appoint an independent chair?

  1. When will someone who is suffering health impacts from the Camden CSG project be allowed to join the CCC?
  2. Can you explain how the act of burning methane (e.g. by using a flare, furnace, gas engine or other device), is safe?A peer reviewed study, A review of current and future methane emissions from Australian unconventional oil and gas production, dated October 2016, stated that burning methane produces pollutants such as formaldehyde, a known respiratory health hazard.

    This gives reasonable cause to believe Spring Farm residents’ reports of respiratory distress. AGL’s 2011-2012 Water Quality Investigation Camden Gas Project report stated “low salinity, ‘atypical’ produced water was detected.“

    Aquifer connectivity was not conclusively ruled out due to a similar chemistry between coal seam produced water and shallow groundwater, and the presence of tritium (a radioactive isotope of hydrogen) in coal seam produced water would suggest there may be a vertical connection that would require further testing.”

  3. What did further testing find? And please provide the report by return email.In October 2006, locals reported that cattle were refusing to drink from Menangle Creek. The closest Road to the creek is Medhurst Road, the access road to AGL’s Rosalind Park Gas Treatment Plant.

    Locals observed water bubbling up through a crack in a rock from the Menangle Creek bed just 50 metres from a CSG well.

    In November 2006, a Department of Environment Climate Change officer inspected Menangle Creek with AGL and the complainant. Water samples were collected and a report presented to Macoun Environmental and Department of Planning. They inspected AGL’s well sites (RP6, RP7 and RP11) adjacent to Menangle Creek.

  4. What did the water analysis report find? Please provide a copy of the report via return email.In June 2016, AGL’s CSG wells were flooded by the Nepean River and underwater. CSG waste water tanks were observed floating and emptying into the river. Locals observed the Nepean River bubbling around the flooded wells.
  5. How much fluid entered the river and what was the composition of the waste water that emptied into the river?

Yours sincerely,

Melinda Wilson
Australian Mothers Against Gas


A fantastic display of people power this week outside #dirtyAGL‘s AGM in the CBD to call out the climate criminal and remind it we are not going away.

Special thanks to, GetUp!, Lock the Gate, Ecopella and all the speakers for driving the points home and making it so fun.

Our message to AGL is to do the right thing and walk away — now — from coal and gas!

2016 AGL AGM

AGL AGM Rally, Angel Place, Sydney

28th September 2016
Dr Helen Redmond, Doctors for the Environment Australia

I’ve been asked to talk to you about health impacts of air pollution from unconventional gas development.

Air pollution is just one of the major health impacts of unconventional gas. Others include water impacts, land-use and degradation, underground chemical injection, and climate change.

Doctors for the Environment Australia has for years now held the view that the current assessment, monitoring and regulation of the unconventional gas industry in Australia are inadequate to protect the health of current and future generations.

We hold the position that the risks are so potentially serious, so difficult to manage and so likely to be long-lived, that any further development of this industry in Australia has to be seen as unwise and unhealthy.

There is still much unknown about health impacts, but in the last few years there has been a rapid rise in peer reviewed research on health and UG – nearly 700 papers in total. Most comes from the US where over 15 million people live within a mile of at least one active gas well.

Population health studies have now been possible. What is emerging is a correlation between proximity and density of wells and negative public health impacts. 3 studies report negative birth outcomes: low birthweight, preterm, and birth defects. Another finds higher well density associated with increased cardiac and neurological hospital admissions. In another, gas activity near patient homes was associated with increased asthma attacks.

An analysis of gas and air pollution papers published in the last 5 years shows the vast majority report increased atmospheric concentrations of pollutants.

These air pollutants include methane, hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds, also known as VOC’s. They can be released during drilling, methane separation, from the venting of wells, from holding tanks, holding ponds, compressors, diesel trucks and machinery.

Benzene is a VOC, part of the BTEX group including Toluene, Ethyl benzene and Xylene. BTEX is found in petroleum compounds and in coal and shale formations. Benzene is a group 1 carcinogen so there is no ‘safe’ level of exposure. Benzene exposure also occurs from cigarette smoke, traffic and aircraft exhaust. So we are all exposed to some extent, but effects are dose dependent. Benzene increases cancer risk, the risk of leukaemia, causes problems with blood cell production and immunity. Gas workers, children, pregnant women and the elderly or immunocompromised are at most risk.

Natural gas is largely all methane, a colourless, odourless gas. At concentrations of over 5% it is flammable, and at concentrations over 15% it can reduce blood oxygen levels and cause asphyxiation. In open air, levels are too low to cause any direct impact on health, but during gas extraction methane may leak out of equipment, pipes or through natural formations such as the ground or water ways. We call these “fugitive emissions” and they can affect health in 2 ways.

Firstly, the methane and VOC’s mix with diesel pollution in the presence of heat and sunlight to create ground-level ozone.

Ozone affects even healthy lungs, causing inflammation, reduced lung function and increased respiratory symptoms. Exposure to ozone is linked to increases in death rates, hospital admissions and emergency department attendances , mainly for breathing problems. Asthmatics are particularly vulnerable and ozone can trigger asthma symptoms and worsen chronic lung disease.

Secondly, methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and climate change is widely acknowledged as the greatest global health threat we face this century.

Studies of fugitive emissions show the amount of gas leakage in the order of 1 – 5% but you only need 2-4% to wipe out any benefit gas has over coal in terms of climate impact.

At the recent COAG meeting of energy ministers, Frydenberg emphasised ‘the growing importance of gas as a transition fuel’ and all states including NSW committed to expanding onshore gas extraction. They are dreaming. We’ve proved over and over again, communities won’t let that happen! And doctors won’t let that happen! This is a deeply unpopular industry, and for very good reasons.

With climate change upon us we don’t have time for a transition fuel, but nor do we need one! We have cleaner and healthier alternatives right now.

The risks are so potentially serious, so difficult to manage and so likely to be long -lived, that any further development of unconventional gas in this country has to be seen as unwise and unhealthy.


Speech for AGL AGM 28 September, 2016

Carol Bennett
for the Knitting Nannas Against Gas 0408 233 094


AGL – a destroyer of dreams…. Imagine you’re a young couple, either with small children, or about to start your family; and you find the home of your dreams in a new estate near Camden, the price is right, fresh country air, close to shops and amenities, perfect for bringing up a family. There may have been the mention of coal seam gas wells, but if you ask you’re told “they’re not a problem “world’s best practice”– nothing to worry about”. So you scrimp together the money for a deposit, mortgage your life away and move in.

But the dream turns into a nightmare – your children unaccountably start having frequent severe nose bleeds that gush out like a ruptured artery; children and adults alike are suffering chronic headaches and hay-fever like symptoms; your hair starts falling out …… which is when you discover that there is nothing benign about living in a coal seam gasfield..

The possible health effects of living in a gas field can include headaches, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, coughs, seizures, nose bleeds, dermatitis, skin rashes, nose and throat irritations, burning and irritated eyes, difficulty breathing, genetic defects, to say nothing of the associated psychological issues. Children and older people are the most likely to be affected.

There are 90 gas wells in the Camden gasfield, some only between 40 to 200 meters from family homes and schools, as the 2 kilometre exclusion zone does not apply to CSG wells that had already been approved. Some houses have horizontal drilling underneath them.

AGL’s first leak detection report on the Camden Gas project in 2013, showed 9 of its CSG wells to be leaking. Their second leak detection report in 2014 showed 11 leaking, and the report for 2015 showed that 19 were leaking – 1 “significant” leak (over 50,000 parts per million methane) and 10 “major” gas leaks (10,000 – 50,000 parts per million methane). As you can see the number of leaking wells is continuing to rise.

According to a CSIRO report for the NSW Chief Scientist, odourless methane poses two potential hazards: as an asphyxiant displacing oxygen needed to breath, and being flammable at sufficient concentrations.

Dr Anthony Ingraffea, Distinguished Professor of Engineering from Cornell University, has cited industry figures that say 6.5% of all well casings fail initially, leading to methane migration. 60% fail over 20 years. They ALL fail over time. Why doesn’t the industry fix this systemic problem? BECAUSE THEY CAN’T!

In Queensland, QGC dismisses the families experiencing problems caused by living in the gasfields around Chinchilla and Tara as “collateral damage”.

AGL must be aware of the problems, but continually maintain that the wells pose no health problems to families in the area. They have announced that they will leave Camden in 2023, several years earlier than first planned. Australian Mothers Against Gas has collected over 10,000 signatures on petitions, urging AGL to close its Camden operation. But the company refuses to accept or acknowledge them. They have also refused to give a schedule of when the wells will be decommissioned, or to respond to a request for information about which chemicals were leaked into the Nepean River during a flooding event in June this year, when some of the wells were submerged.

This is not good enough Mr Vesey. No family should have to suffer health effects in their own homes. You have the blood of children on your hands, AGL, but you CAN remedy it. You like to market the company as a “green” energy supplier – Prove it! (we won’t mention here that you’re Australia’s largest greenhouse gas emitter).

The Knitting Nannas challenge you, Mr Vesey, to show you mean it when you say you want a clean green company, by immediately announcing a schedule to start decommissioning the wells, and close down the Camden operation as soon as possible, certainly well before 2023.

The Knitting Nannas also challenge all AGL shareholders to add their voices to this request, and to ask Mr Vesey and the Board to make it a priority to speed up the withdrawal and closure of the Camden gasfield, so that the families living there no longer have to suffer the health problems they currently face.

Do it for the children – they are the ones who are being put at risk



Submission to the Select Committee on Unconventional Gas


Stop Coal Seam Gas Sydney Inc

Thank you for this opportunity to make a submission.

Stop CSG Sydney formed in 2010 to oppose the test drill and mining of coal seam gas in St Peters, a suburb just 7 kilometres from the Sydney GPO.

Lessons from St Peters, Sydney

Residents found out by accident about plans to drill for coal seam gas at a privately-owned recycling facility adjoining Sydney Park.

They made enquiries when they noticed a drill rig and workers on the proposed mine site, which comprised an old industrial waste dump and a transfer depot for recyclable building materials.

We found that the NSW government had given Macquarie Energy approval to explore for coal seam gas (CSG) near homes, schools and parklands.

In fact the company had a licence (PEL 463) to explore across 189,000 hectares from Bundeena in the south to Rooty Hill in the west to Gosford in the north. It covered the whole of the Sydney basin as well as major water catchment areas.

The licence had been granted by the ALP government in 2008 (along with 37 others across NSW) without consultation with any of the councils covered by the licence. Licences were issued for $1000 for 1 million hectares.

St Peters was the first attempt by a company to undertake a CSG test drill in an urban setting in Australia. It’s not surprising the community reacted strongly to its quiet approval following publicity by Stop CSG Sydney and others.

Queensland, around Tara, provided enough evidence of the risks associated with exploration and mining for CSG and unconventional gas, and Gaslands, a film made by Josh Fox in the US, documented the risks.

One of the challenges in talking to neighbours about the gas exploration was being greeted with sheer disbelief: “Surely it’s a hoax”, was a common response.

It was no hoax.

In May 2011, Dart Energy (a subsidiary of Macquarie Energy) applied to extend its exploration licence to a production licence. It told the ASX (Stock Exchange) it planned to drill 10 wells on the site and wanted to start in September-October of that year. It told Stop CSG Sydney it was 95% certain that it would go on to produce gas on the site.

Stop CSG Sydney feared that a production licence would be granted by the then Keneally Labor NSW government and remove authority to make decisions about the use of the land out of the hands of the local council — Marrickville Council.

The Australia Institute’s Matt Grudnoff has outlined the risks of unconventional gas miningcomprehensively in its booklet Fracking the Future: Busting Industry Myths About Coal Seam Gas here.

After residents made their fears known and a campaign had started, Marrickville Council joined the call on the NSW government to stop to the test drill.

Because Dart Energy’s licence was due to expire in October 2011, Stop CSG attempted to meet with the NSW Minister for Mining Chris Hartcher, over many months. He never made himself available.

For many months, Stop CSG Sydney tried to organise a meeting with Dart CEO Robert De Weijer because he had publicly promised to consult with local communities. Eventually, he agreed to a date and the meeting took place at the St Peters Town Hall in 2011 where, in a standing room only hall, De Weijer and company officials were politely, but firmly, argued with.

History of PEL 463 — covering the Sydney basin

This short history of the venture by Macquarie Energy, later taken over by Dart Energy, into exploration and mining for coal seam gas in St Peters between 2010 and 2014 sheds light on a number of the issues being investigated by the Senate Select Committee.

  • The ALP government originally issued the exploration licence — PEL 463 — to Macquarie Energyand it was re-issued by the Coaltion without adequate consultation with local government authorities or communities nor having undertaken a study the suitability of the Sydney Basin for gas exploration and mining. It was due to expire in November 2015.
  • Under pressure from commuities, which had been developing networks across the state to defend land and water from the industry, the Liberal National Coalition government under the new minister Anthony Roberts commissioned a review of all licences.
  • It also commissioned NSW Chief Scientist, Mary O’Kane, to undertake a 19 month inquiry (starting in 2013) into Coal Seam Gas Activities in NSW. The report, released late in 2014, made 16 recommendations which the NSW government agreed to adopt. It formed the basis of the NSW Gas Plan which was released in November 2014, partly to quell a rising movement against CSG in the lead up to the March 2015 state election. Some 266 public submissions were made to this inquiry. Dr Stuart Khan, a scientist who advised the Chief Scientist on her report, told Stop CSG Sydney in November 2014 that he thought it unlikely the unconventional gas industry would be able to carry out its work within the regulatory framework outlined by the report.The industry, predictably, said that it could and would.
  • Stop CSG Sydney launched its Cancel the Licence campaign in August 2014. It called on the NSW government to cancel it on the basis that the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 allows the Energy and Resources Minister to cancel licences because of a company’s failure to meet licence conditions, including drilling within a specified time, financial standing and ability to comply with regulations. We argued that Dart Energy had has failed to meet the conditions of its licence and the community did not want mining in Sydney. Marrickville Council unanimously agreed to sign on its November meeting and committed itself to educate the LGA about the dangers of unconventional gas mining as well as investigate a non-binding poll in the 2016 council elections on CSG as a way of adding pressure to get the licence extinguished — if it hadn’t already been cancelled. Given the new 2-kilometre buffer zone laws, and the community opposition to CSG drilling, it is an anachronism that there still is a licence to drill in an area where more than 4 million people live and work, we said.
  • On March 7, 2015, just before the NSW state election, the Baird government cancelled PEL 463. Following that, a number of other PELs wever cancelled and the industry was given financial compensated — as the new NSW Gas Plan made provision for. A poll of candidates standing for th state seat of Summer Hill, undertaken by Stop CSG Sydney, showed that the Liberals abstaining, and Labor wanting the industry to continue albeit in a more regulated form (see below).

All this shows that community pressure, which had built up over several years, was having an impact on the NSW government and ALP opposition. The Coalition government was forced to act as those opposing the industry with concerns about health issues, water supply and agricultural land contamination were too numerous to igore. Those opposing coal seam gas were also too politically diverse to be able to dismiss.

While some important concessions were won, it is also true that the NSW government was then — and still is now — trying to work out a way for the unconventional gas industry to proceed in NSW. It has suggested that new exploration licences will be issued in regional and remote areas of NSW by mid 2016.

NSW Coalition supports unconventional gas

1. The government and the unconventional gas industry have attempted to use the Chief Scientist’s report to reassure the public that mining coal seam gas is a safe industry.

2. The Chief Scientist’s report indicated that unconventional gas mining could be done safely under specific conditions even though it admitted that the health risks required further investigation. What we take from this is that specific conditions must be created for the industry to be considered safe. With only a few of the recommendations partially implemented, the science has demonstrated that the industry is currently unsafe.

3. The Chief Scientist’s recommendations called for very significant changes to the industry to make its operations safe, but there has been progress on less than half the recommendations in the year since the report was released.

4. An honest and responsible government response to the report would have been to place an immediate moratorium on the industry on any site where the conditions specified were not in place. No such response was made.

5. Instead, we see AGL continuing to mine near homes in south west Sydney suburbs in Camden and Santos pushing ahead with its project in the Pilliga State Forest near Narrabri.

6. The decision by AGL to halt operations in Gloucester in February — the result of sustained community opposition and economic reasons — was greeted with disappointment by the NSW government. Premier Mike Baird immediately asked the industry to propose new projects in NSW.

We submit that the risks of unconventional gas mining are too great for the industry to proceed, a moratorium should be implemented immediately and the industry should be shut down.

Health impacts in and around Camden

The community in Camden, in south west Sydney, are reporting health impacts on families living near the gas wells. Children suffer from skin irritations, eye inflammation and nose bleeds. It is difficult to scientifically establish the link between these chronic conditions and the local gas mining. However the families report that the children’s experience of the illnesses are greatly reduced when they are away from home. The conditions are less severe during school terms, which they are away from home.

The Chief Scientist’s report called for further investigations of the health impacts of unconventional gas in 2014, but so far no such study has begun.

In the absence of local research, we call on the Select Committee to consider the findings of studies such as the study by the Concerned Health Professionals of New York, published in 2014.

It brought together evidence for the risks and harms of unconventional gas from the findings of scientific and medical literature, government, industry and journalism.

It found that: “Public health problems associated with drilling and fracking are becoming increasingly apparent. Documented indicators variously include increased rates of hospitalization, ambulance calls, emergency room visits, self-reported respiratory and skin problems, motor vehicle fatalities, trauma, drug abuse, infant mortality, congenital heart defects, and low birth weight.”

Affected communities are convinced of the dangers of unconventional gas from their own experiences. Politicians and the industry are not listening to the communities and riding roughshod over their concerns. The research is long overdue and will take time to produce results. It must begin urgently.

The November 2015 report Unconventional Gas Exploration and Production: Human Health Impacts and Environmental Legacyby the National Toxics Network gives a very detailed description of the processes used in CSG mining and how and why they are extremely dangerous to the environment and to human health.

The research brings together facts about the toxic chemicals released by the drilling processes used and the toxic chemicals injected during hydraulic fracturing.

We commend this publication to the Committee because of the thorough way in which it explains the many dangers associated with this industry.

Improve the ‘water trigger’

At the Commonwealth level, an amendment to the The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, which became known as the “water trigger”, was a welcome addition to legislation covering the coal seam gas industry.

It requires the Minister to assess and determine coal and coal seam gas mining projects which may affect water supplies, particular ground water, taking into account recommendations of the Independent Expert Scientific Committee.

We support the legislation and call for it to be strengthened through amendments to ensure:

  1. The Minister “must not act inconsistently” with the IESC’s advice when determining a project;
  2. Conditions of consent should be required to reflect the IESC’s advice; and
  3. The Minister must not approve a project until the developer has adequately addressed any concerns raised by the IESC in their report.

It does not make sense that the Minister can choose to ignore the advice of a high level and expensive scientific committee such as the IESC.

The mining industry has proved repeatedly and beyond doubt that it cannot be trusted with the future of this continent’s precious water supplies. We must be able to trust the decisions of the Minister because they are based on scientific evidence.

National regulations must provide communities, and especially traditional owners, with control over the mining industry’s access to land.

The current situation where farmers and traditional owners have no right to stop exploration and mining is abhorrent.

The Great Artesian Basin must be protected from unconventional gas mining.

Mining is the Pilliga State Forest is a great threat to one of our most important national resources. The Great Artesian Basin is necessary for future life in vast areas of Australia and must not be put at risk by short-term exploitation for unconventional gas.

Climate change and methane

While Stop CSG Sydney does not have a formal position on climate change, its members are active in the campaign because we respect and agree with international climate scientists’ warnings about the need to dramatically limit human-induced climate change through uncontrolled fossil fuel emissions. NASA, which is not a radical think-tank, says the same.

The economic benefits are not there

The unconventional gas industry and the politicians who support it have told us frequently, for many years, that we need this industry to supply enough gas for industrial and home use, to stop a price hike in the cost of gas to consumers, to create jobs and to develop rural communities.

We have opposed coal seam gas exploration and mining because the risks are far too high, particularly when much safer renewable energy sources could be rapidly developed to meet Australia’s needs.

We are aware that we may well be paying more for gas as consumers in the future, not because of gas shortages but because the gas being produced is being sent overseas — because the profits for the companies are greater.

It is becoming apparent that a major motivation for the unconventional gas industry push to exploit  gas supplies in Australian in a way that has been demonstrated to be unsafe is to make profits in the international market while the profits are high.

There is evidence that this is a short-term situation and that in future international markets will be dominated by countries which can undercut Australian producers.

Final recommendation: Close down the unconventional gas industry until the science says it is safe

The scientific implications of potentially devastating risks of unconventional gas mining, and of the existence of safe and sustainable energy alternatives, lead Stop CSG Sydney to conclude that the industry must be shut down until the science says it is safe.

We are thankful that the Senate Select Committee is inquiring into the industry and propose that among its recommendations it calls for:

  • An immediate moratorium on existing unconventional gas operations — in Camden and the Pilliga — leading to a permanent ban on unconventional gas mining. This is the only way to protect our water, farm land and health. The companies involved — AGL and Santos in NSW — should retrain those workers and find them new jobs.

A ban would give certainty to other long-standing and economically valuable industries and the people who work in them, such as agriculture and tourism. It would also lead to greater investment in renewable and benign sources of energy.

If no action is forthcoming Stop CSG Sydney recommends that Senator Glenn Lazarus demands a Royal Commission into the industry. This is the only lawful way to force the unconventional gas industry to disclose the toxic nature of the chemicals it uses, and its lack of waste disposal solutions to the toxic chemicals that the fracking process brings up from deep inside the earth.


Stop CSG Sydney

National Toxics Network

National Toxics Network: Unconventional Gas Exploration and Production: Human Health Impacts and Environmental Legacy

Chief Scientist’s report on coal seam gas

Public submissions into the Chief Scientist report

The Australia Institute’s rebuttal of unconventional gas mining myths



Stop CSG Sydney FB page

Sydney residents against coal seam gas FB page

Pip Hinman, president Stop Coal Seam Gas Sydney Inc
on behalf of the committee

A 2015 score card of responses from potential representatives for the NSW seat of Summer Hill. The questionnarie was organised by Stop CSG Sydney.



Minutes Stop CSG Sydney Annual General Meeting


Stop CSG Sydney @ People’s Climate March (November 29, 2015). Photo: Nicole Dixon

Minutes Stop CSG Sydney 2015

Saturday November 14, 2015

Minutes:  Pip Hinman
Chair: Adrienne Shilling

Apologies: Lou Steer, Brian Martin, Jenny Seymour, Sandy Thompson

Motion that Adrienne Shilling chairs the meeting and is returning officer


1. Summary of year’s activities: Pip Hinman, president

Annual report and financial report tabled.

2. Financial report summary: Paul Benedek, treasurer

3. Motions:

That Stop CSG Sydney:

1. Sends its congratulations to Gasfield-Free Northern Rivers activists and supports their action outside the Metgasco AGM in December 16 at 11am, Christie Corporate, Level 4, 100 Walker Street, North Sydney


2. That we continue to campaign for a gasfield-free NSW;


3. That we support the Sydney People’s Climate Mobilisation on November 29 starting at the Domain at 1pm.


AGM Nominations:

President: Pip Hinman
Secretary: Jenny Seymour
Treasurer: Paul Benedek
Committee member: Elle Flikier
Committee member: Mara Bonnaci
Committee member: Marie Flood
Committee member: Kathy Fairfax
Committee member: Jacki Short

Motion: To accept the returning officers’ report.


Motion:  That Jenny Seymour be Stop CSG Sydney’s public officer.


Meeting closed 4.40pm.

Annual Report 2015

Stop CSG Sydney Inc.

Stop CSG Sydney is a non-partisan group of concerned residents and citizens who are united around the following objectives:

1.   To permanently stop all coal seam gas and unconventional gas mining activities in St Peters, and across Sydney;

2.   To achieve a moratorium on coal seam gas and other unconventional gas mining projects pending the outcome of a Royal Commission into the long and short-term physical, social, economic and environmental impacts of the industry; and

3.   A ban on hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and similar coal bed ‘stimulation’ technologies and techniques.


Stop CSG Sydney was formally incorporated on 5 April, 2012. We held our first Annual General Meeting on 27 October, 2013. We held our second Annual General Meeting on 28 September, 2014.


The campaign against the unconventional gas industry in NSW over the last few years has been a huge success in slowing down, and in some places halting, the industry.

Just 5 years ago, the gas industry calculated that it could extend from Queensland on the spurious, but beguiling sales pitch of “once-in-a-generation economic opportunities for the state”.

Since 2011, ordinary folk — from the country and city — have forced the unconventional gas industry in NSW into a holding pattern in some instances and a retreat in others.

The community-led campaigns have changed the political landscape and shown what’s possible when movements unite to protect land and water.

However the campaign must continue because:

  • AGL continues to frack in Camden, and wants to in Gloucester;
  • Santos is pursuing its $2 billion Narrabri plan to frack in the Pilliga; and
  • Metgasco is determined to frack at Bentley near Lismore.

The NSW government has also just announced the end of the Petroleum Exploration Licence buy-back scheme, meaning it is open to sell new licences across the state.

Real protections for the Sydney catchment, agricultural land and areas which are close to residents have not been legislated.

Patient and informed networking has been the backbone of the numerous mass rallies, human signs, water walks, blockades, pickets, direct actions and lock ons. They all played a role in forcing the major parties to modify their pro-gas policies before the March state election.

Under pressure from its rural base, we saw the NSW Coalition launch its Gas Plan, cancelling several petroleum exploration licences (including the PEL 463 covering the Sydney Basin) before the March state election.

The NSW ALP also felt the pressure, and has now introduced a bill to rule out gas completely in important parts of NSW — including the water catchment, Pilliga and Northern Rivers.

In the March 2015 election, the National Party — split between support for the industry and needing rural votes — lost a seat to the Greens.

The NSW Coalition has now cancelled (and compensated licence holders) 15 exploration licences — scaling back the area covered by either exploration licences or applications from 60% to 9%.

These gains are significant .However, the campaigns must continue and Stop CSG Sydney is prepared to play its role and looks forward to the challenges.

We — the Stop CSG groups — have an opportunity to show our strength at the People’s Climate marches on November 29 timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate talks in Paris.

It’s important that we do take a stand, and suport the nation-wide marches, because allowing the unconventional gas industry to continue will make Australia a worse climate criminal than it already is.

Cancel the PEL 463 licence camapign

Over the last year our main campaign was to get the coal seam gas exploration licence covering the Sydney basin — PEL 463 — cancelled.

It was successful.

We devised a campaign which included:

  1. Researching the exploration licence history of the PEL;
  2. Appealing to the Energy Minister to:  A) not allow the licence to be sold to UK companyIgas: and B) cancel it on legal, environmental and common sense grounds;
  3. Getting community organisations to support the Cancel the Licence campaign, including University of Sydney National Tertiary Education Union as well as other Stop CSG Groups (CSG Free Western Sydney signed on and helped organise an action);
  4. Approaching local government to sign on. Pip Hinman and Adrienne Shilling addressed Marrickville Council about the campaign and council signed on (unanimously). Council also organised four banners across the LGA declaring Marrickville “CSG free”.
  5. Letter boxing and door knocking in the inner west about the licence cancellation campaign in the lead up to the elections. We approached the Labor, the Greens and Socialist Alliance to help out (and the latter did).
  6. Hosting an election forum with local candidates which included asking them to state their views on cancelling the licence covering the Sydney basin. All agreed with the campaign. On other CSG-related issues we drew up a score card for the website and FB site.
  7. Holding petition and information stalls in the Marrickville Local Government Area —including at Land, Water Future events, local markets, and Dulwich Hill, Marrickville and Newtown Festivals.
  8. Issuing many media releases which led to several articles being published in the local press.
  9. Successfully securing a meeting with the Office of Coal Seam Gas where Lou Steer, Pip Hinman and Daniel Robins (Lock the Gate Alliance) asked a series of questions about the state of the licences in NSW. (Lou Steer wrote up a detailed report for Stop CSG Sydney.)
  10. On March 7, the NSW energy minister Anthony Roberts announced he had cancelled PEL 463. Compensation was also given to the company.

Stop CSG Sydney would like to again thank Karol Florek for his efforts in undertaking the research work for this successful campaign.

CSG Western Sydney and Gasfield Free Northern Rivers groups also ran sympathetic “Cancel the Licence’’ as fracking was happening in the same licence.

Stop CSG Sydney had proposed a large-scale concentrated effort on this campaign to other Stop CSG groups.

Apart from CSG Western Sydney and Gasfield Free Northern Rivers, other anti-fracking groups were skeptical and while it would have been good to have had several “Cancel the Licence’’ campaigns going at the same time that did not happen.

However, when licences started getting cancelled — even with government compensation — everyone was heartened by the result.

Stop CSG Sydney meetings and events 2014-2015 

21 September, 2014: Supporting Land, Water Future event, Climate rally Glebe


19 October, 2014: Launching the Cancel the Licence campaign at Marrickville Festival


6 November, 2014: AGL AGM in Angel Place, Sydney (Photo: Pip Hinman)



November, 2014: Supporting Gloucester residents in their campaign against AGL (Photos: Bernadette Smith)



November 2014 Newtown Festival (Photo: Bernadette Smith)


23 November, 2014: Mortdale RSL Combined Stop CSG Groups, pre State Election Meeting for Oatley Electorate about stopping Coal Seam Gas, speakers from Stop CSG Illawarra, The Australia Institute, Doctors for the Environment.

30 November, 2014: Hosted a water scientist Prof Stuart Khan, who contributed to the Chief Scientist’s report on unconventional gas which both the industry and activists believed helped their case.

December 2014: Council banner on display (Photos: Inner West Courier and Peter Boyle)



December 2014: Supporting the Knitting Nannas’ campaign at MPs offices in Sydney


28 February, 2015: Supporting the Walk for Water (Photo: Bernadette Smith)


22 February, 2015: Scorecard of parties in Summer Hill electorate, including talk from Dr Helen Redmond from Drs for the Environment and Dan Robins from Lock the Gate.


March: licence campaign with The Greens and Stop CSG activists (Photo: Peter Boyle)


March: Licence cancelled


PEL 463


19 April, 2015: Hosted talks with Camden activists and discussions with combined Stop CSG groups re PEL 2, Gloucester and Pillaga.

29 May, 2105: Occupied Country film screening with the filmmaker Jake Lloyd Jones. The film covered a group of NSW farmers who travelled to Tara to meet Queensland farmers and learn about the dangers of unconventional gas. (Photo: Pip Hinman)


March 25 and June 24 2015: Supported Frackman screenings, and attended a few with a Stop CSG Sydney stall.

July 2015: Pip presented on behalf of Stop CSG Sydney to the national Students of Sustainability conference in Adelaide along with Doctors for the Environment.

Stalls at various markets:

May, 2015: Addison Road Market stall (Photo: Pip Hinman)


22 August, 2015: Eco-living festival at Annandale (Photo: Pip Hinman)


Supporting the weekly pickets of AGL (Photo Bernadette Smith)


August 2015: Supporting the Greens bill to outlaw CSG in NSW (Photos: Pip Hinman)



We have engaged with communities across NSW about the dangers of unconventional gas, including supporting communities in Camden and Gloucester who are fighting AGL’s drilling and plans to drill.


We helped promote the following petitions:

  1. Cancel the licence covering Sydney (for much of the last part of 2014 and the first part of 2015).
  2. Petition to clean up all processes associated with the approvals,   licensing and regulation of the unconventional gas industry.


Events with other CSG/combined groups

23 November, 2014: Mortdale RSL Combined Stop CSG Groups, pre State Election Meeting for Oatley Electorate about stopping Coal Seam Gas, speakers from Stop CSG Illawarra, The Australia Institute, Doctors for the Environment.

19 April, 2015: held post election discussion with Combined Stop CSG groups to review PEL 2, Gloucester and Pillaga focus.

We have joined others, every Wednesday, from across Sydney and country areas to protest outside AGL’s headquarters in North Sydney against the NSW Government’s announcement to support its plans to start fracking more CSG wells in Gloucester.

Thanks to Elle Flikier for all the technical support at our meetings and events. Thanks to Bernadette Smith and Pip Hinman for the pictures of our campaign work.

We regularly promote actions and activities related to unconventional gas drilling in threatened areas other than our own immediate patch — notably in Bentley, Gloucester and the Pilliga Forest.

Regular meetings

For most of the year, Stop CSG Sydney has been holding meetings on a bi-monthly basis. We have held committee meetings every month at 22 Mountain Street, Ultimo.

We have had one meeting with the other Stop CSG groups concerned about the water catchment on October 25, 2014. (Since then PEL 2 — covering the water catchment areas — has been cancelled.)


It has not been possible to keep up to date during this past year. We are working on a plan to make sure it is regularly updated in 2016.


Our main public face has been the Stop CSG Sydney FB page. Thanks to Lou Steer and Pip Hinman for keeping it up to date with our activities, those of other Stop CSG groups and other informational articles.


Thanks to Pip Hinman we have our newsletter going out to our extensive mailing list fortnightly. It acts as a news vehicle as well as promoting events aimed at stopping unconventional gas across NSW.

Stalls and Festivals

Part of Stop CSG’s role is to raise awareness about coal seam gas and its effects on our environment, communities and economies.

We have a part to play in educating people who might otherwise not have heard about CSG or may only be vaguely aware of it.

We always need more volunteers to help educate the people who visit our stalls at events and markets and it is a great way to learn about the issues.

Throughout the year Jenny Seymour has efficiently and reliably co-ordinated volunteers and organised stalls at various venues in the Marrickville municipality, other inner west areas and across Sydney, as follows:

  • Dulwich Hill Village Fair, 14 Sep, 2014
  • Randwick Eco Living Fair, 14 Sep, 2014 (thanks to Rose McMillan for coordinating)
  • Marrickville Festival, 19 Oct, 2014
  • Newtown Festival, 9 Nov, 2104
  • Addison Rd Marrickville Organic Market, 15 Feb, 2105
  • Orange Grove Organic Market, 14 Mar, 2015
  • Frackman stall Dendy Newtown Cinema, 25 Mar, 2015
  • Addison Rd Marrickville Organic Market, 24 May, 2015
  • Frackman stall Roseville Cinema, 24 Jun, 2015
  • Students of Sustainability conference, 4 Jul, 2015 (thanks to Pip  for presenting alongside Doctors for the Environment at this popular students’ conference)
  • Hunters Hill Festival (shared with OLOWOF), 2 Aug, 2015
  • Footprints Eco Festival Annandale  23 Aug, 2015
  • 100th week of AGL protests, 2 Sep, 2015 (thanks to Adrienne)
  • Randwick Eco Living Fair, 13 Sep, 2015 (thanks to Rose McMillan for coordinating).

A special mention here goes to all the volunteers who turn up to help on stalls throughout the year, you are on the front line of our community education work.


Thanks to the income generated from stalls and Paul Benedek’s financial management our finances remained in a healthy position throughout the year.

(The financial report will be tabled at our AGM on November 14.)

Summary – the way forward

Despite a lot of progress being made — including the pro-gas ALP changing its position and trying to get legislation through the NSW parliament to protect a large part of NSW from the unconventional gas industry — the Baird government seems happy to support drilling in the Camden area, Gloucester and the Pilliga. It has also just announced that NSW is open for fracking business (see above).

It remains to be seen what the attitude will be to Metgasco’s push to get back to Bentley, near Lismore.

While we can and should do what we can to help communities that are on the front line, including visiting the protest camp at Gloucester — we are supporting the state-wide campaign to ban CSG.

We will help promote the People’s Climate March on November 29 as a way of helping promote the need to rapid change away from polluting fossil-fuels such as unconventional gas.

Our campaign stalls and information events are aimed at continuing to draw attention to the government’s contradictory stance towards unconventional gas.

However, given that the immediate threat to the inner west has now gone, our campaign work more involves supporting others on the frontlines.

Stop CSG Sydney remains a dynamic, local, grassroots community group with a place for anyone who is concerned about this risky, invasive industry.

I would like to thank the Committee for their wonderful efforts during the past year. If not for the team’s dedication, Stop CSG Sydney would not have been able to do all the campaigning it has over this past year — even without an immediate threat.

Pip Hinman

October 12, 2015

Notice of AGM – Saturday 14th November

Stop CSG Sydney will be holding its AGM for 2015 at Newtown Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday November 14 at 4pm (after hearing from Julie Lyford and Melinda Wilson from 2.30pm). The ECOPELLA choir will be performing some of their fantastic anti-fracking songs in the Newtown plaza beforehand. 

You can rsvp to the official facebook invite or turn up on the day!

Flyer for AGM 2015
Flyer for AGM 2015


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over 2015 and encourage you to join or rejoin Stop CSG Sydney for 2016.( $20/10 concession). We need you to help make NSW CSG Free!

Please fill in the form (attached);

Stop CSG Membership Form_2015

You can deposit your membership direct at:

Bendigo Bank:

Stop CSG Sydney Inc

BSB 633000

Account Number 153872593

(Please leave your name)

PEL 463 cancelled

Cancellation of Sydney CSG licence a win for community action

The cancellation of a CSG licence over Sydney is a win for community action. Now our water catchments need to be protected from CSG mining too.

Stop CSG Sydney has welcomed the news that the Baird government has decided to cancel the coal seam gas licence covering most of metropolitan Sydney – PEL 463.

“Widespread community organising has helped deliver this outcome. The cancellation of this licence will give a big boost of confidence to the campaign to protect land and water which has so far slowed the progress of CSG extraction in NSW”, said Pip Hinman, Stop CSG Sydney president.

PEL 463 was originally issued by the former ALP government, and renewed by the Coalition. It was due to expire in October. The licence area covers 189,000 hectares, spanning most of Sydney and its surrounds, from Gosford in the North, to Waterfall in the South, and past Blacktown in the West. Over 4 million people live in the affected area.

“Clearly, the Baird NSW government is feeling the pressure. Opposition to CSG is widespread across the state. It has splintered the Liberal-National Coalition’s base.

“The cancellation of PEL 463 is welcome – and not a moment too soon. But the community will not stop its work in protecting vital parts of NSW – such as the whole of the water catchment area, the Pilliga and Gloucester – all of which remain under threat.

“We are also concerned that the NSW government is ignoring residents in Camden, in south west Sydney who have to live with AGL’s CSG leaks, drilling under their houses and other threats from the industry”, said Ms Hinman.

“The campaign started in 2010 when residents discovered a CSG test drill was to take place in St Peters – metres from schools, parks and homes. The community got together, organised rallies, film nights, trivia night, a human sign in Sydney Park and much more,” said Louise Steer, Stop CSG Sydney’s public officer.

“The campaign to get the licence cancelled started in July 2014 when we found out Dart Energy was intending to sell the licence to a UK company IGas Inc. The NSW government approved this sale last October.

“Stop CSG Sydney believes that this cancellation is a victory for communities across the state. It should have been done long ago, and IGas doesn’t need $200,000 from the NSW state government as ‘compensation’ “, concluded Ms Steer.

For further comment contact:
Pip Hinman 0412-139-968
Lou Steer 0402-167-566

PEL463 (yellow) covered most of Sydney
PEL463 (yellow) covered most of Sydney

Stopping CSG: What does the NSW Chief Scientist’s report mean for the campaign?

This is Stop CSG Sydney’s last meeting for 2014, and it will be a very interesting one.

Stuart Khan, an engineer from the Universty of NSW, is our guest speaker.

He contributed to the findings of the Chief Scientist’s report on the management and risks associated with produced water from CSG mining.

The CSG industry says it gives the ‘green light’ for increased CSG production.

Anti-CSG activists point to the report’s warning of ‘unintended consequences’.

Stuart was also an expert reviewer of the final report. He will present his perspective of the final report and its implications for the CSG industry and affected communities.

The NSW government has recently released its NSW CSG plan which, it says, is based on accepting all the Chief Scientist’s recommendations.

Come along and find out more. Afternoon tea will be available.

Join and share the Facebook event.



Groundswell Gloucester needs your help!

Volunteers have already been out doorknocking the town to survey residents with regards to Coal Seam Gas. And they plan to complete the survey across the entire town over the next two weekends. They will also take peaceful action and have fun along the way. You’re welcome at all the activities or simply one of them for an hour or two.

Doorknocking is an effective way to engage and inform Gloucester residents. We’ll have a simple survey to ask their views. Never door knocked before? You will be provided with a doorknocking kit, Q&A, a brief training and an experienced buddy to doorknock with.

Community actions are a key way to build the visibility of community opposition to CSG fracking. The Gloucester community has been holding a community vigil and regular walks from town to the fracking site. There are lots of different roles to play – please consider coming along!

Whats happening on the weekends?

Fri 31 Oct:
Paddling down the river;
5pm meet and greet by the river, weekend briefing [ exact location TBC ].

Sat 1 Nov:
9am; morning peaceful action. Meet at Ted Woolford rest area.
12noon; meet at Ted Woolford rest area for door knocking briefing (bring a picnic lunch).
1-4pm; door knocking / surveying residents

Sun 2 Nov:
9am; meet at Ted Woolford rest area for door knocking briefing
10am – 1pm; door knocking / surveying residents


Fri 7 Nov: bushwalk, meet and greet by the river, weekend briefing [ exact location TBC ].

Sat 8 Nov: morning peaceful action – meet at Ted Woolford rest area.
12noon; meet at Ted Woolford rest area for door knocking briefing (bring a picnic lunch).
1-4pm; door knocking / surveying residents

Sun 9 Nov:
9am; meet at Ted Woolford rest area for door knocking briefing
10am-1pm; door knocking / surveying residents.

For more information & to RSVP, visit;