WSC Presentation 24 August 2015

Events SHCAG - Friday, August 28, 2015
We've uploaded a copy of the presentation given to Wingecarribee Shire Council on 24 August 2015 by Peter Martin.  You can download or view it from our Resources page. 

Peter Martin talking to Alan Jones

Events SHCAG - Thursday, August 27, 2015
Here is the link for an interview Peter Martin did with Alan Jones the other day - well worth listening to!!!


Events SHCAG - Monday, August 24, 2015

For anyone planning to attend the last of the Hume Coal Community Briefing sessions on their proposed mine plan - they have changed the venue at the last minute for the Sutton Forest session.  This will now be held at the

MOSS VALE RSL at 3.00 pm TUESDAY 25/08/15

Please spread the word!!!

A shared vision for coal mining planning reform

Events SHCAG - Saturday, August 22, 2015

Will Mike Baird read this? Take action? 


No New Coal Mines

Events SHCAG - Sunday, August 16, 2015

We really, really love this!  Please take the time to sign the online petition which you'll find on the "Take Action" page of the No New Coal Mines website.  

No New Coal Mines is a campaign for a global moratorium on new coal mines.

If Australia succeeds in its plans to double its coal exports, the world's plans to tackle global warming will fail.

Australia has a larger share of the seaborne coal market than Saudi Arabia has of the world oil market, and it plans to sell even more over the next 10 years. Any deal reached at the Paris climate talks in December will undone by the planned thermal coal expansion projects in Australia and a handful of other countries.

That’s why we’re calling on President Hollande of France to put a global moratorium on new export coal mines on the agenda for the Paris talks in December. An agreement to stop expansion of coal mining could make the Paris talks truly historic.

Many Australians are concerned about our coal expansion, but Australia’s political leadership is united behind building more coal mines. So responsibility falls on the international community to intervene.

While two decades of climate talks have focused on emissions targets, they have largely ignored the ever escalating extraction of fossil fuels. Any international effort must ensure most coal stays in the ground. Negotiating a moratorium on would be a simple but hugely significant step towards securing safe climate.

No New Coal Mines is an initiative of The Australia Institute.

Hume Coal Community Information Sessions

Events SHCAG - Thursday, August 06, 2015
We're sure you are all as interested as we are in hearing what Hume Coal elects to share when it comes to their mine & rail plans, and exactly how they are going to deal with the water issue! Hume have 6 community information sessions scheduled so do go along if you can - we'd love to hear your feedback on these too ... The details are:

New Berrima - Blue Circle Sport & Recreational Hall, Taylor Avenue, New Berriima
Thursday 6th August 4.00 pm - 6.30 pm

Moss Vale - Services Club, Corner of Argyle & Yarrawa Streets, Moss Vale
Tuesday 11th August 4.00 pm - 6.30 pm

East Bowral - Scottish Arms, 71 Boardman Road, East Bowral
Wednesday 12th August 4.00 pm - 6.30 pm

Robertson - Community Centre, Caalong Street, Robertson
Wednesday 19th August 4.00 pm - 6.30 pm

Exeter - Village Hall, Exeter Road, Exeter
Thursday 20th August 4.00 pm - 6.30 pm

Sutton Forest - Community Hall, Illawarra Highway, Sutton Forest
Tuesday 25th August 3.00 pm - 5.30 pm

We know a lot of people won't be able to make it as they have kindly scheduled all the start times during working hours & around school pickup time - if that's you, feel free to contact us and we'll share with you what they share.

July 2015 Update

Events SHCAG - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hume Coals Mine Plan

At long last Hume Coal has released a mine plan and what a plan it is … plenty of verbiage and spin but little evidence that the major issue regarding the groundwater has been addressed. They’re planning to undertake what they say is a new experimental form of mining called “pine feather” which they say reduces damage but they provide no evidence at all regarding where and how this has been employed successfully! There’s no water-study and plenty of motherhood. With the global coal mining industry in meltdown and plenty of mines up for sale, it’s hard to see any government approving such a speculative plan! Well have a lot more to say on this later.

You can find the document "Preliminary Environmental Assessment - The Hume Coal Project" on their website.  Not announced, but found on their website is also the "Preliminary Environmental Assessment - The Berrima Rail Project" which pretty much confirms what we had suspected would be the case – that the coal will be transported by rail from the western side of the highway up to the Berrima Cement Works rail siding for further rail transportation.

ACAC this Thursday at Sutton Forest Pub!

We’re sure that many of you have queries so we’re re-starting our Anti Coal Activity Catchup (ACAC) meetings on the last Thursdays of the month at the Sutton Forest pub.  There will be one next Thursday 30 July at 6.30 pm – if you live in the Highlands this is important to all of you, no matter where you are, the effects will be felt MUCH further than just Sutton Forest. Alan Lindsay will be making a presentation on some of the main technical features of Humes plans.

The Carnival of Coal

If you follow our Facebook page you will have seen that the NSW Liberal Party Whip for some strange reason has decided that it’s appropriate to hold a ‘Carnival of Coal’ event to which he has invited his colleagues.  Apparently (and we can’t verify the veracity of this) his email includes the statement "I will be hosting a ‘Carnival of Coal’ at NSW Parliament House to declare support for coal and associated industries and to send a loud and clear message that action is needed now to protect a secure, inexpensive energy future.”  We think we need to send him a loud and clear message that this is inappropriate in the extreme, and shows a mind boggling lack of regard for current public opinion on this topic.  To save you the trouble of looking them up his contact details are:  

Telephone (02) 9230-3462

We will also be contacting our respective elected representatives to let them know that we do not think it appropriate that they attend this event – do feel free to join in!  

Sutton Forest Pub Fundraiser

And we’d love to see you next Sunday 2 August - we’re holding an impromptu fundraiser at the Sutton Forest pub


Thank you to those who have donated since our recent plea for help, the donations are trickling in but we do need a LOT more to keep funding the fight to protect landowners rights.  If you haven’t donated and would like to you can either post a donation to SHCAG, PO Box 3380, Exeter NSW 2579, or make a direct deposit to the SHCAG account, BSB 032-716 / Account 298603

Why didn't Hume Coal announce their rail project?

Events SHCAG - Thursday, July 23, 2015

A little document titled "Preliminary Environment Assessment - The Berrima Rail Project" just popped up on Hume Coal's website yesterday.  No fanfare, no press release ... You can download & read the full document on their site but here is a map from it that might be of interest! 

Posco why would you want to go ahead with this?

Events SHCAG - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

So we're wondering why on earth Posco would want to develop a speculative new coal mine in Sutton Forest - with all the associated environmental, community and financial issues in this context - and particularly when so many coking coal assets are for sale worldwide. Are the local management team merely looking after their own jobs with coal going out backwards worldwide?

Posco Returns to Steel Roots With 'Aggressive' Cutback ( 

Impromptu Fundraiser

Events SHCAG - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Put this date in your diary folks - and if you have any pre-loved books that you would like to donate drop off day is 27th Monday from 10am till 3pm, contact / 0428 254 966 for details on where. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE come along, show your support, buy some super warm handknits (just the weather for it), and a raffle ticket - we'll post details on the raffle a little later. Oh, and do share with all your local, and maybe not so local, friends.