Much fun was had at the Blockade, the Monday night before Christmas, at the CCAG “Thank You” BBQ organised by the SOS Liverpool Plains girls.
Rodney the Clown entertained the many children with balloon figures, jokes and face painting and everyone joined in the Christmas carols: “O Little Town of Caroona”, “Good Old Georgus Clift”, “Santos the Red-faced Company” and a rousing rendition (to the tune of Santa Claus is comin’ to town) of “BHP Ain’t Comin’ To Mine”- old favourites with brand new words more fitting to the times we are in. The finale was left for a Steve Charles solo singing his very moving “Bring It On” accompanied by guitar.
We would like to thank everyone who has donated their time and money to this campaign for clean food and water supplies and we wish you all much fun with … Read More »
The NSW Department of Primary Industries has awarded itself an exploration licence covering half of Gunnedah Shire this week whilst the rest of the world is reducing its demand and reliance on polluting forms of energy.
Whilst the world warms and rivers are cracked and polluted from mining operations, the DPI carries on regardless, seemingly unaware that the world is changing around it: that NSW needs to be smarter than ‘dig it up, ship it out’, that the world is running out of food and that the Federal government has fast tracked its $500 million renewable energy fund for a non-polluting, base load providing solar revolution.
Everyone knows we’re already in a hole with coal, so surely it’s time for the DPI to stop digging? After all, NSW’s farmers have been using windmills and capturing solar energy to feed Australia and overseas … Read More »
Despite the disgraceful Nats rollover in Canberra concerning the Murray Darling Water Bill amendment, Federal Water Minister Penny Wong has clearly recognised the importance of the water resources in the Upper Namoi Valley catchment by pledging $1.5 million this week towards the cost of the catchment-wide Water Study which the Pam Allen working party are in the process of defining.
We at CCAG are very grateful for the efforts of Tony Windsor in this regard and will be lobbying the State government, and mining interests with environmental consciences, to match these funds so that the independent study can proceed. State Mining Minister, Ian Macdonald was circumspect about matching the funding contribution when asked in NSW Parliament, but clearly supportive of the ongoing ‘fruitful discussions’. For more details see CCAG release here and Tony Windsor’s release here.