URGENT - We Need Your Help!

Events SHCAG - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

As many of you will know the Hume Coal Project was recently given approval to drill a further 25 exploration boreholes over a 2 year period in Sutton Forest!

We’ve received feedback that ‘apparently’ our community doesn’t really object to what Hume Coal is doing as the minister’s office didn’t receive any written objections! We need to rectify this now by bombarding the Minister with letters objecting to any new drilling!

This community has been under siege for over 4 long years.  This has had a huge impact on the affected landowners, not just financially, but also physically & emotionally.  Landowners have been forced into court and also land access arbitration against their will.

It’s costing these people many tens of thousands of dollars to fight the miners with no end in sight. Hume Coal has also denied landowners the right to have legal representation when in arbitration. They are bullies and will try anything. 

Hume Coal has now bought “Evandale” which is located right next to the Medway Reservoir, the emergency water supply for the entire Southern Highlands and the drinking water for 8,200 residents in Berrima plus parts of Bowral and Mittagong. Any mining could seriously threaten this water resource. 

Industry water experts recently completed a Groundwater Study that clearly showed that any mining will drain the water in an area of 200 square kilometres or more of the Southern Highlands affecting people way outside the coal licence area. 

Should this region lose its water, there will be a long lasting, and possibly permanent, damaging impact on all of the agricultural & farming operations in the area.  This will impact not only the farmers, but also all the businesses that support them, and the huge hospitality industry on which many rely for their livelihoods. 

Property values in the mining lease area have dropped significantly and sales have plummeted.  This won’t change until the black mining cloud is lifted. 

SO, it’s time to step up to the plate and put pen to paper people!  We need you to voice your concerns, clearly and loudly, to the ministerial office. 

It’s not often that we ask you to take action, but we do need urgent action right now, which is:

- Write a letter outlining your concerns (in your own words would be best) and send it to the Minister for Resources & Energy.  Feel free to cc SHCAG on this letter (PO Box 3380, Exeter NSW 2579 or 

- If you can spare 5 minutes, a phone call to the Minister's office wouldn't go astray. 

- Keep an eye on our website, Facebook & Twitter to make sure you don't miss out on any recent developments, and you can keep in touch with any requests for action. 

- If you can spare it, donations to help fund the fight are always welcome. 

And to save you the trouble, below are the email, postal and telephone details for the ministerial office. 

The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP

Minister for Resources & Energy

GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001

Tel: 02 8574 5600


We thank you in advance for answering this call to arms! 


Southern Highlands Coal Action Group

Lock the Gate Raffle Results

Admin | SHCAG - Monday, July 01, 2013

SHCAG Community Awareness Committee's Lock the Gate Raffle Results

Congratulations to:


1st prize    Rod Blay               Berrrima

2nd prize   John Rowe             Exeter

3rd Prize    Annabelle Power     Bowral

 A big Thank You to all participants.We raised in excess of $3,000,  and everyone will be a winner when we win as a Community.

Ordinary Citizens are Standing Together against CSG - Alan Jones talks to Peter Martin

Admin | SHCAG - Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Alan Jones interviews Peter Martin on radio - governments are reaching a precipice and we need to spread this word to stop willy nilly licence approval and make them aware that they are gambling with Sydney's drinking water.

Cockatoo Coal's Share Price Plunges

Admin | SHCAG - Thursday, August 02, 2012

Now on Facebook for more Exposure!

Admin | SHCAG - Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Please "Like" us in Facebook so we can get the message out to more concerned Southern Highlanders.

If you are not on Facebook yet - "Be like Pete" and just register on Facebook with your name and nothing else will be known as you can make everything but your name "private"


Join up and Let's Go Viral on Coal Mining !

ABC 730 Report on Southern Highlands Mining

Admin | SHCAG - Saturday, November 05, 2011

Attached are extracts from yesterday’s 7:30 Report on the Coal and Gas Mining issues in the Southern Highlands.
Come to our OUR LAND, OUR WATER, OUR FUTURE Rally in Corbett Gardens, Bowral on Saturday, November 19 at 11am to hear more about the way insidious mining practices are creeping across our beautiful country and could affect YOU in the Southern Highlands. Alan Jones will MC and we will have a raft of distinguished speakers from around the country.

The Inherent Risks Of Coal Mining To The Environment

Admin | SHCAG - Wednesday, November 02, 2011

“The inherent risks of coal mining to the environment are well known. Evidence now points to the high price that coal workers, their families and the communities they live in are paying in health costs, not to mention the government’s health budget. Nyema hermiston investigates…”

For the rest of the article please follow the link below.

Your Times 200911

Fin Review: Why CSG needs better regulation

Admin | SHCAG - Monday, September 26, 2011

An excellent analysis on CSG

Catchment authority resists coal seam gas

Admin | SHCAG - Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The board of the Sydney Catchment Authority is pushing to strengthen its powers to control coal seam gas exploration.

Documents obtained by the ABC reveal increasing concern among board members about the impact of coal seam gas wells on water quality in special protected catchment land in the Woronora and Illawarra areas.

The board has decided the full impact of coal seam gas projects needs to be spelled out before exploration can start.

The documents show it was only after Apex Energy’s exploration wells were approved by the state’s Planning Department that the authority’s board asked if access to protected drinking water catchments could be withdrawn.

The board has decided it will not approve access for a new well in protected land, which is about to be referred to the NSW Planning Assessment Commission.

Apex says the well is crucial for its $7 million project, and the company will appeal if it is refused.

Source: ABC

An amusing counter to the CSG industry’s new ad campaign

Admin | SHCAG - Saturday, September 10, 2011

Let’s get the view Counter on the Youtube page to 50,000 by the end of this week.

They Want CSG. Australia needs Clean Water and Food.