FROM THE COALFACE
Welcome to the first edition of the monthly newsletter of SHCAG's volunteers.
We hope that through this newsletter we will be better able to keep you up to date with the activities of your committee and the many devoted volunteers who are at the coalface, so to speak, on a day to day basis.
Hopefully you have all read Peter Martin’s July newsletter which has given you an update on our activities so far (please see our website shcag.com.au if you have not).
I ask you to send this, and also Peter’s newsletter, on to all your contacts as this is a great way to spread the word about our successes so far and our immediate plans for the ongoing fight.
Each month we will profile a volunteer so you can understand what motivates their activities. We will also be highlighting some supportive businesses as these are the businesses we in turn need to support so they can grow their sustainable businesses, and help grow our community without destroying our precious environment. As like-minded people it is uplifting for us all to support one another and build the community we want.
Volunteer Activity Update
Last Friday about 30 of us had a small peaceful 45 minute protest outside Hume’s office with signs and singing. We wanted the Moss Vale community and Hume Coal to know that we are not going away and will fight to the end. Many supportive toots were forthcoming from the passersby, and all in all we had a great time. There certainly is a good feeling when you participate in something like this. We plan to do this monthly so if you would like to join us please contact me (email@example.com) for details.
This Month’s Volunteer Profile
Ann Mawson - A founding volunteer whom I met on Exeter Railway station of all places. (Yes, I never stop harassing people about coalmining …) Ann lives in Exeter and plays in the Southern Highlands Community Band.
Ann always puts her hand up and writes the absolutely best letters to the local paper and loves a good protest in front of Hume Coal’s office in Moss Vale.
Here is an example of Ann’s special talent as she sums up her feelings with her rewriting of Blowing in the Wind.
“How much destruction, will it take ‘til we know,
That mining will destroy our land and water
Til’ we make, the people understand.
How many crooked politicians must we find,
Before blatant bribery is banned,
How long can trees, birds and animals survive?
When miners drain the water, from the ground,
And where will the people go, who no longer have a home
If we bury our heads in the sand”.
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind” (Bob Dylan)
Be aware that coal mines produce coal dust pollution that also blows in the wind.
A Mawson, Exeter.
Please contact me if you would like to join our volunteers group. All hands welcome (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This Months Business Highlights
Exeter General Store
Craig and Lauren have totally revamped the General store since they took over and it is now the hub of social life in the area - our local Café, Post Office and featuring pre-loved books and gifts and food items, many of which are sourced locally. Craig and Lauren’s view is that to ensure the long term future of our regional economy and social outcomes, we need to focus on our sustainable natural competitive advantages, particularly our beautiful and productive environment, coupled with our proximity to Sydney. We need to bolster our offering as a food & wine destination, and continue the development of high value agriculture.
Cafe Pirouette Robertson
79-81 Hoddle St, Robertson, Tel 4885 1930
Carole, Mark and their crew always provide friendly service, great coffee and my favourite, bacon and egg on Turkish.
Carole feels very strongly that the environmental integrity of the Highlands must be protected at all costs, not only for the present but to protect future generations. “Some things are too precious to lose“ says Carole.
An Important Project
- Living Under a Coal Cloud
A Photographic Essay Project by ANU’s Greg Sorenson and Yasmin Idriss.
The Project will cast light on the ongoing SHCAG campaign against the proposed Hume Coal mine in Sutton Forest and Exeter.
Greg and Yasmin will be photographing and interviewing landowners who may be affected adversely by the mine.
The project will broaden the awareness of the outside of the region to create additional support for the campaign by the work being shown at the prestigious ANU School of Art Show.
If you are interested in participating please contact Sam Bailey by email – email@example.com
Please be aware that our last Thursday of the Month ACAC (Anti Coal Activity Catchup) meeting will be held this Thursday 28th August at the Sutton Forest Pub at 6.30 pm
Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month, (the dates are also on the website).
Catch up on the latest news, ask questions, share ideas, have fun and meet like minded people - bring along friends! ALL are welcome!
Open Gardens - 28th September 2014
An Open Gardens day will be held on Sunday 28th September 2014 in support of the Carters Lane Blockade - a fundraiser supported by the SHCAG. Please refer to the website for further details as they become available.
Please refer to Peter Martin's July newsletter for a full update on the work the committee has been doing.
Further updates in our next newsletter …
Resources for Information
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I hope that you will find our newsletter of interest and please feel free to contact me if you have suggestions or comments firstname.lastname@example.org