Past Events

Annual General Meeting + film screening + afternoon tea

3pm-5pm Sunday, 28th September 2014
Seaview Hall,  12-14 Seaview St, Dulwich Hill

Sunday 14th September – Dulwich Hill Village Fair – 10am to 4pm

Marrickville Rd, Dulwich Hill
Stop CSG Sydney will be holding a stall!

Sunday 14th September – Eco-living Fair – 10.30am to 3.30pm

Randwick Community Centre – 27 Munda St, Randwick
Stop CSG Sydney will be holding a stall!

24 August – Footprints Eco Festival – 11am to 3pm

Whites Creek Valley Park, Cnr Smith & Piper Sts, Annandale
Stop CSG Sydney will have a stall, plus a short film about CSG by Bernadette Smith will be screened.
Footprints Ecofestival

25 July – General Meeting with Guest Speaker Aiden Ricketts – 6:30pm

Author of The Activists Handbook and spokesperson for Gasfield Free Northern Rivers), speaking about the community struggle against Metgasco at Bentley (near Lismore).
Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Bedford St, Newtown
Facebook event here

25 May – Stop CSG Sydney – public meeting + “Fractured Country” film

3pm to 5pm at Seaview Community Hall, 12-14 Seaview Street, Dulwich Hill (next to the Library). Join us afterwards for 2014 campaign planning. All welcome.

“Fractured Country” film will be introduced by Nell Schofield from Lock the Gate. After the film Sandy Thompson and Pip Hinman from StopCSG Sydney will describe their experience at the Blockade at Bentley near Lismore, and will discuss the next steps in the fight to protect our precious water, land and air from the impacts of coal seam gas mining.

18 May – March in May – Stop CSG Sydney will be there

Stop CSG Sydney will be marching in “March in May” on Sunday 18th May. Meet in Belmore Park near Eddy Ave just before 1pm, look for the yellow “StopCSG” banner.
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9 April – “Fractured Country” screening – Sutherland

Wednesday 9 April, 6:30 PM
Sutherland Multi Purpose Centre
123 Flora Street, Sutherland
Organised by Stop CSG Sutherland and Sutherland Shire Environment Centre, with Lock the Gates
FB event

7 April – “Fractured Country” screening – Lane Cove

Monday 7 April, 6:30 PM
Guest speaker Liverpool Plains Farmer Rick Laird
Lane Cove Living and Learning Centre
18 Longueville Road, Lane Cove
Organised by Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society, with Lock the Gates

5 April – Concert for the Pilliga – Coonabarrabran

From 5-10pm. Hosted by Coonabarabran Residents Against CSG.
Featuring Ash Grunwald, Jeremy Buckingham (Greens), Dayne Pratzky (Frackman), Phil Laird (Lock the Gate), Naomi Hogan (Wilderness Society) & many others.


24 Nov – Stop CSG Sydney – last public meeting for 2013

Stop CSG Sydney’s last public meeting for 2013 is on Sunday, 24 November from 3pm to 4pm
at Seaview Community Hall, 14 Seaview Street, Dulwich Hill (next to the Library).
All welcome to discuss our achievements so far and ideas for next year’s projects.

After the meeting, we will go around the corner to the Gladstone Hotel at 572 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill for our end of year celebration.

18 Nov – Aussies Against Fracking launch concert

Bluebeats, Double Bay.

Aussies against Fracking unites a star-studded cast of music performers who are opposed to Coal Seam Gas and Fracking. Moshtix

The Sydney launch night featured live performances by Adam Harvey, Deni Hines, John Waters, Kevin Borich, with Harry Brus, Mick O’Shea & Casey Burgess in The All Star Anti-Fracking Band, AAF Patron Doc Neeson (Angels), Dog Trumpet (Reg Mombassa & Peter O’Doherty), Graham Wilson (The Four Kinsmen), Mitch Anderson & Alex Gibson from ‘The Voice’, Kate Lush & Cass Eager, plus The Whale Whisperer Bunna Lawrie.

Video messages from Bob Brown, Jack Thompson, Leo Sayer, Ash Grunwald, Alan Jones, Marcia Hines, Deni Hines , John Butler, Steve Balbi, Jeff Duff, Keith Scott, Mitch Anderson, Reg Mombassa, John Waters, Doc Neeson, Adam Harvey, Troy Cassar-Daley, Xavier Rudd, Wendy Matthews, Melinda Schneider, Mark Gable, John Paul Young, Nick Saxon & many more.

Guest Speakers: Drew Hutton, President LOCK THE GATE, Dayne Pratsky “The Frackman”, Greens Senator Jeremy Buckingham, and Aussies Against Fracking patron Doc Neeson. Plus the launch of Leo Sayer’s new video “NO FRACKING WAY”.

17 Nov – Getup National Day of Climate Action

Getup organised a national day of climate action rallies. The Sydney rally is at Prince Alfred Park, near Central.
Stop CSG Sydney members met at 10.30am in Prince Alfred Park, despite the torrential rain.
Government policy needs to change and the only way it will is if we get out in the streets. We want CSG mining to stop. We do not need it. It increases carbon pollution, trashes water, soil and health. Clean alternatives are possible and we have enough offshore gas anyway.
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27 Oct – Stop CSG Sydney AGM – guest speaker Paddy Manning

Paddy Manning, afternoon tea, and Stop CSG Sydney’s Annual General Meeting.

Author and journalist Paddy Manning soke about the movement against coal seam gas mining
and prospects for the industry under the Abbott government. Paddy Manning is the author of “What the Frack? Everything You Need to Know About Coal Seam Gas”. He described how the campaign against CSG became a movement across regional NSW, how CSG mining is impacting ground water, aquifers and health and examined the mining industry’s rights versus landowner’s rights. This was an important discussion about how we strengthen the rural and city alliances against the CSG industry and its supporters in government.

25 August – monthly StopCSG Sydney meeting – replaced by Ecofestival

Instead visit the StopCSG Sydney stall at Footprints Ecofestival, Whites Creek Community Park, Annandale on that day. Come visit us there! From 11am – 3pm
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

All Stop CSG groups across Sydney & Illawarra met at the fountain in 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.
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.

14 August – rally for Bulga against open cut coal mining

NSW Supreme Court, Queen’s Square – 184 Phillip St, Sydney

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!
SMH article
FB event the photo shows the existing Warkworth coal mine, which is proposed to be doubled in size.

28 July – Stop CSG Sydney monthly meeting – Marrickville

Guest speaker Denis Slater from the Oakdale stop CSG group gave a talk about their campaign in Western Sydney, including a meeting with the chief scientist, an information forum in Barry O’Farrell’s electorate in Sydney (Kuringai) and CSG Free communities. Oakdale is near Warragamba Dam, where CSG drilling poses risks to our clean water supply. We also showed a short film by Elle Flikier, of StopCSG Sydney’s recent visit to Warragamba Dam and Burragorang Lakes where they met up with the Oakdale group.

24 July – protest outside Sydney CSG Conference – Four Seasons Hotel

Gathering outside the Four seasons Hotel, 199 George St, to protest against Origin Energy and Santos CEOs, who will be there to Speak about CSG at the Sydney CSG Conference. Lets all show Santos and Origin that the WAR has only just begun AGAINST Coal Seam Gas, here in Australia. FB event

23 July – Downing Centre, 143-147 Liverpool St Sydney

Silent vigil at Jonathan Moylan’s court appearance. FB event

21 July – Coledale

Stop CSG Illawarra celebrate their PAC determination win, to reject Apex CSG drilling in the Illawarra region.
Hosted by Stop CSG Illawarra. Coledale Community Hall, Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Thirroul

19 July – Martin Place – protect Arnhem Land from Paltar Petroleum

Hosted by The Wilderness Society and the Australian Marine Conservation Society. FB event

18 July – Gaelic Club – Kimberley

Celebrate the Kimberley – hosted by The Wilderness Society.
GT Hotel Sydney (formerly the Gaelic Club), 64 Devonshire Street Surry Hills NSW
FB event

26 May – Stop CSG Regional Meeting – Granville Town Hall

Regional planning meeting for CSG groups. The aim was to finalise details of a planned action so we can start organising and publicising.

The agenda covered the type of action, the message, location & timing of the action.
What will the rally message be?:’CSG out of our farms, homes, wilderness areas and water catchments’?, ‘city and country unite against CSG’?, ‘Protect Our Water’? something else?
Location : Sydney?, Canberra?
Timing : in the election leadup
Possible speakers proposed : Doctors for Environment – Helen Redmond (health)?, Phillip Pell (soil)? Tony Windsor (water)? Dr Isaac Santos, Dr Marian Lloyd Smith (air)? Drew Hutton (people power)? Fiona Simson (farmers)?, speakers from major parties? minor parties? and Greens?

18-20 May – Kurri Kurri – Beyond Coal and Gas – 3 day seminar

The Sunrise Project 3 day seminar in Kurri Kurri (Hunter Valley) …

Communities from around Australia had inspiring workshops, speakers and discussion, shared experiences and learned from one another under the banner “Our Land, Our Water, Our Future: Beyond Coal and Gas”.

Governments of all persuasions seem unwilling to correct the power imbalance that has put the interests of coal and gas companies ahead of the interests of the community. Mining has been put before agriculture, tourism, the long-term sustainability of local economies and public health. Our best farmland, drinking water catchments and many of our most precious natural places are under threat from coal and gas expansion. And the scale of this fossil fuel boom is posing a global threat to the climate.

But there is a change in the wind. Communities from one end of Australia to the other are standing up to defend the places they love from the impacts of the coal and gas boom. Farmers, landowners, conservationists, scientists, climate activists, fishers, and people from all walks of life are saying “enough is enough”. The assumption that the coal and gas boom is good for Australia is being seriously re-assessed. This gathering was about what happens next. Why and how we move beyond coal and gas.

Website for the program, speakers, location.
Justin Field – Senior Strategist, The Sunrise Project, 0439 205 835,, skype: justinrfield

11 May – Parramatta – Climate Summit – Lee Rhiannon, Jeremy Buckingham, Jess Moore, Simon Butler

Parramatta Town Hall, 182 Church Street Mall, Parramatta

Discussion on issues surrounding climate change and its impact on people and the environment, as well as how we can work together to achieve real social change and a sustainable future. Panel discussions included: Beyond the carbon price – confronting climate change today and The campaign to stop coal seam gas mining, plus workshops on public transport, renewable energies and the campaigns to oppose radioactive waste dumps in western Sydney

Hosted by Green Left Weekly – Fred on 0412 556 527 or 9687 5134, or email
Facebook Event

2 May – Coal Seam Gas, Coal Mining, and Environmental Justice in NSW – 6pm – Sydney Uni

Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue
more details
Sydney Network on Climate Change and Society in partnership with Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law.
Panellists :
Professor Linda Connor, Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sydney will talk on “Living with a fossil fuel resource curse: the real environmental and social costs ”
Drew Hutton from the Lock the Gate Alliance will talk on “Using democratic, extra-legal strategies for achieving social and environmental justice.”
Professor David Schlosberg, Network leader for the Sydney Network on Climate Change and Society at University of Sydney, will talk on “Defining environmental justice in the Australian context.”
Jeff Smith, Executive Director of the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) NSW will talk on “Democracy, the rule of law and EDO NSW.”

28 April – Stop CSG Sydney Public Meeting – 4pm – Herb Greedy Hall, Marrickville

Facebook Event

26 April – Martin Place – protest to protect our water from CSG Mining

Facebook Event

26 April – deadline for submissions – review of NSW CSG Operations by Chief Scientist

12 April – submissions deadline re NSW Govt proposed amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy

See Submissions page

10 April – “Promised Land” film screening – Parramatta

Parramatta Town Hall, Church Street Mall, Parramatta

“Promised Land” is a new film starring Matt Damon as a salesman for a natural gas company. A small town takes issue with his corporation’s plans to “frack” local gas resources. Followed by a discussion about the campaign to stop coal seam gas mining in Western Sydney. Organised by Green Left Weekly, Fred 0412 556 527 8070 9341 Email

8 April – Vic Semeniuk talk – Geology, Geodiversity, Geoheritage and Geoconservation

A Lock The Gate Alliance and Stop CSG Sydney Speakers evening. Patagonia, 93 Bathurst St, Sydney.

Often missing from our arguments to save special places is the role the underlying geology has to play in defining the overlying ecosystem. Come along and listen to expert geologist Vic Semeniuk talk about adding geoconservation to our arguments.
More information : Facebook Event
Lock the Gate event

4 April – Senate Submissions re Water Trigger deadline

Senate Submissions re protecting Water Catchments from CSG.
Submissions closed 4 April 2013.
Greens Submission re Water Catchments and CSG

3 April – Stop CSG Sydney Campaign meeting – 6pm Newtown

Contact –
Agenda : pre election rally + tours to Sydney’s water catchment areas.

1 April – ABC Four Corners -

ABC TV feature on “The politics of Coal Seam Gas” and the plight of Gloucester. Please sign the petition which has over 1,800 signatures so far. Show your support for the tragedy that is unfolding in this beautiful productive valley and within a vital, caring and amazing community.
Contact: Julie Lyford, The Gloucester Valley Communities

28 March – Sydney – Fullerton Cove court decision announcement

The Fullerton Cove court determination was handed down on Thursday the 28th of March, at the Land and Environment Court, 225 Macquarie St, Sydney.

The court decided that Dart Energy was not required to complete an Environmental Impact Assessment of their coal seam gas project located next to residents, Newcastle’s drinking water and Ramsar wetlands.

Prue Bodsworth
The Wilderness Society Newcastle

25 March – Martin Place – give BOF his mid-term report card

7:30AM- 9:30AM – Martin Place fountain – between Phillip & Macquarie St

Hand out copies of the O’Farrell Government mid-term report card at train stations all around the CBD and then join us at Parliament House for the official release at 10:00AM.

We can no longer allow Government to go down the road of putting corporate profits and political deals ahead of clean air, fresh water and iconic natural places. Join us to show Premier O’Farrell we will not stand by and watch while our environment is destroyed. – 9516 1488

24 March – Stop CSG Sydney monthly meeting

4pm – Herb Greedy Hall, Petersham Rd, Marrickville (near the library). All welcome.

Meeting will include a report back from the Lock the Gate ‘Call to Country’ event including a video, a report back from Daniel Robins on the Campbelltown rally last Sunday and suggestions for a new campaign including a water catchment tour, followed by community outreach put forward by Josie Evans.

24 March – Springwood – Meeting

The O’Farrell government’s changes to CSG policy will not protect the people or environment of the Blue Mountains or NSW.

Speakers : DANIEL MYLES, Blue Mountains Mayor. DREW HUTTON, President, Lock the Gate. Dr BRIAN MARSHALL, Mining geologist. Dr HELEN REDMOND, Doctors for the Environment. JESS MOORE, Stop CSG Illawarra.

17 March – Campbelltown – protect our land & water

Koshigaya Park, Campbelltown

Speakers : Drew Hutton (President of Lock The Gate Alliance), John Dugas (Barrington-Gloucester-Stroud Preservation Alliance), Jess Moore (Stop CSG Illawarra) and MC Len Williamson (Local Resident of 35 years and Co-Founder of Scenic Hills Association)

Western Sydney communities are concerned with the issues of health, environment and water contamination at coal seam gas facilities. These are major Federal election issues. All Stop CSG groups from Sydney, NSW and Australia are invited.

16 March – Newcastle – Stop T4 Rally

Protest against the new coal terminal “T4″ which will double coal exports from Newcastle.

13 March – Community Renewable Energy for Sydney

Redfern Town Hall, 73 Pitt St, Redfern

9 March – Prospect – Zombie-A-Frack against AGL

AGL office, St Martins village, Prospect

25 & 26 Feb – Campbelltown – PAC hearings for AGL Northern Expansion – CANCELLED

Public hearing into AGL’s Coal Seam Gas Expansion across Campbelltown, Liverpool and into Scenic Hills – has been cancelled by NSW Govt because AGL have got cold feet when they saw the level of community opposition. There were 3,200 submissions to the AGL hearings, not to mention the 22,000 signatures on the petition presented to parliament in 2012.

CANCELLED – AGL has withdrawn its application, the new NSW Govt rules for 2km buffer zones mean the Northern Expansion cannot proceed, at least for now.

24 Feb 2013 – StopCSG Sydney Monthly Meeting

Herb Greedy Hall, Petersham Rd, Marrickville

22 Feb – City & Country allied against CSG

Stopping CSG – city & country alliance – Gaelic Club

Speakers: Rosemary Nankivell, farmer & Lock the Gate member, Jeremy Buckingham MLC, NSW Greens

21 Feb – Ingleburn – Campbelltown Council briefing on Health, Social, Environmental Impacts of CSG.

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20 Feb – Varroville – Campbelltown Council briefing on Health, Social, Environmental Impacts of CSG.

Mt Carmel High School Hall, Varroville


18 Feb – Newtown – Sharyn Munro talk

Sharyn Munro, author of “Rich Land, Waste Land” was guest speaker for Stop CSG Sydney  at Newtown Neighbourhood Centre.

Sharyn spoke about the impacts of coal & CSG mining across Australia, & how Sydney’s water supply is threatened by CSG drilling. Read about Sharyn’s work and her book online :

14 Feb – Ingleburn – Campbelltown Council briefing on CSG

Greg Percival Community Centre
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13 Feb – Protest O’Farrell’s plans for CSG in Western Sydney

13 Feb – Midday – Bella Fonté Events Centre, Comfort Inn Hunts Liverpool, Cnr Hume Highway & York Street, CASULA

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell will be speaking at a Liverpool Chamber of Commerce & Industry lunch. O’Farrell’s government has given the go ahead for CSG mining across western Sydney communities and in Sydney’s water catchment area, despite clear community opposition and evidence of the dangers associated with the industry.
Enough is enough. Come along to raise your opposition to CSG mining.
For more info ring Fred 0412 556 527 or Join the Facebook event (s) :

Location :

13 Feb – Varroville – Campbelltown Council briefing on CSG

Campbelltown Council have organised four community forums on Coal Seam Gas. Come and learn more about CSG from industry, government and community speakers and find about AGL’s Coal Seam Gas well expansion plans for Campbelltown.

Wed 13 Feb, 7pm
Mt Carmel High School Hall
Cnr St Andrews Rd and Spitfire Dr

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Stop CSG Sydney – Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Rd, Marrickville, from 4pm-6pm.

Many anti-CSG groups from across Sydney & surrounds attended this meeting, to promote our common aims & purpose to block all CSG mining in Sydney, in NSW, & the whole country.

25 Jan 2013 – Protest NSWALC application for CSG licence – Parramatta

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council recently applied for a CSG Exploration Licence covering 40% of NSW, without consulting the elders from each of the affected regions.

Protest 10am 25/1/13 at NSW ALC 33 Argyle Street Parramatta, in support of Uncle Dootch Kennedy from Yuin country & Illawarra in addressing the NSWALC move into Mining Licences, as exposed by the media in 2012.

The NSWALC has not given the regional land councils any consultation or respect shown to local Aboriginal people, comunities and 1st Nations. ITS TIME TO STAND UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS.


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