Activists stop coal port construction project

Two activists have been released from police custody after scaling a crane at a Newcastle coal terminal, stopping work on the construction of new coal loading facilities.


They have been charged with enter enclosed lands, and will be in Newcastle local court in October.


Protesters entered the NCIG coal terminal construction site on Kooragang Island before dawn this morning, and two scaled the crane, unfurling a banner reading “Stop the coal rush! For health, water & climate.”


Activists close down coal rail project

Police Rescue officers have used a cherry-picker to remove an activist from a 10-metre high tripod, at a coal protest in the NSW Hunter Valley.

Activists entered the Hunter 8 Alliance compound at Rutherford before dawn today, erecting a wooden tripod to block access to the site, which is part of a Federally funded project to increase coal haulage capacity in the Hunter Valley. Activist Ned Haughton scaled the 10 metre high structure, where he remained for the next five and a half hours. Haughton has now been arrested will be charged with obstruction.


Sick of coal?

Event date/time: 
21 August 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Come to a public meeting to discuss the proposed 4th coal terminal (T4).

When: 6pm, Tuesday August 21st
Where: Mayfield East Public School (Crebert St School Hall)

Is coal making you sick? Many Novocastrians believe our city's massive coal terminals and the endless coal trains that feed them are making us sick. With coal corporations now seeking approval for a fourth coal terminal that would potentially double Newcastle coal exports, the community is demanding answers.
We invite you to a forum with local community groups to hear about "T4", the proposed fourth coal terminal.

Protest the Gunnedah Coal and Energy Conference

Event date/time: 
25 June 2012 - 8:30am - 10:30am

Come along and voice your opposition to the destruction of the Gunnedah Basin's food, forests, and water.

The Gunnedah Coal and Energy Conference will take place over two days at the exclusive Crowne Plaza Hotel Newcastle, next week. It costs more than $3000 to attend, ensuring that only representatives from the coal and gas industries, and government, will be in attendance. Conference attendees will be discussing ways to increase coal and gas mining in the Gunnedah region, and bypass community attempts to stop them. Included on the agenda is a session exploring ways to bypass landowners who “lock the gate” on coal and gas exploration to protect their land and water. Another session will discuss plans to double Newcastle coal exports to “200 million tonnes and beyond”.

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