25 August – StopCSG Sydney meeting changed to Footprints Ecofestival

The regular monthly StopCSG Sydney meeting in hall is cancelled this month, as it clashes with the Footprints Ecofestival in Annandale.

StopCSG Sydney will have an information stall at the Footprints Ecofestival, in Whites Creek Community Park, Annandale.
So come visit us there! anytime from 11am – 3pm Sunday 25 Aug.

FB event for Footprints Ecofestival
The Footprints Ecofestival includes an eco film festival, with films screening all day.
Bernadette Smith (from StopCSG Sydney) has her anti-CSG film showing at 12:10 today.
Footprints Film Festival

21 August – Handover of Water Catchment petition – 12 noon

All Stop CSG groups across Sydney & Illawarra will meet at the fountain at the northern end of Hyde Park at 12 noon, for a short march to NSW Parliament, Macquarie St, to handover the petition to “stop CSG in water catchments” with over 10,000 signatures to the Premier.
For more information contact Chris on 0425 329 963, or 0411 550 849.
See stopcsg.org/ourwater
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell promised to protect our water catchments from CSG mining,
yet CSG licences have beeen approved in our drinking water catchments, and NSW legislation does not stop CSG drilling there. Let’s remind the NSW Government who they work for.

Rally for Bulga against open cut coal mining – 11:30 Wed 14 August

Meet outside the NSW Supreme Court, Queen’s Square – 184 Phillip St, Sydney, 11:30am Wed 14 August.

Residents, farmers, environmentalists and community groups will rally outside the NSW Supreme Court to support the people of Bulga (in the Hunter Valley) as they battle to save their town from open cut coal mining, & to oppose draconian new amendments to NSW mining regulations.

The O’Farrell Government has joined global mining giant Rio Tinto in a Supreme Court action to force an unwanted open cut coal mine onto the residents of Bulga. The Warkworth Extension proposal was rejected by a NSW court, which found that the impacts of the proposed mine far outweighed the economic benefits promised by the mining company. Now Rio Tinto and the NSW Government are dragging the Bulga residents’ group into the Supreme Court.

The proposed changes to the NSW Mining SEPP (State Environmental Planning Policy) will, if introduced, ensure that the assessment process gives overriding priority to the economic value and ill-defined significance of a resource. Other considerations, such as protecting environmental and social values, including water resources, human health, and the quality-of-life of those directly impacted will be heavily discounted. . The SEPP amendment will, if introduced, have far-reaching consequences for the the western Blue Mountains and the World Heritage Area.

Before gaining government, Barry O’Farrell promised to achieve a better balance between mining, agricultural, environmental and social interests. But the promises are largely in tatters as he fixes his blinkered gaze on the short-term dollar-driven interests of the mining industry. He was given a large majority at the election in order to fix the difficult issues; he has yet to justify it!