HVPA Community Meeting. 9-Oct-2012 - 5.30 pm Broke Hall.

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HVPA Community Meeting. 9-Oct-2012 - 5.30 pm Broke Hall.

Postby HVPA_research » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:02 am

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* A very important meeting announcement*


WHERE TO FROM HERE?

Community Meeting at Broke Hall on Tuesday 9th October, 2012 at 5.30 pm. - Please be there. there is much to learn, and even more to do.

Speakers from HVPA will update everyone on what is happening and what we have been doing.

Peter Martin from the Southern Highlands Coal Action Group, with whom we have been working, will also speak to us and tell us how they are fighting the fossil fuel industry in his area.(See Peter speak at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka-RRaiEeYA ).

As well as having an update, we need to set in place a program to:

- continue, and increase, our opposition to AGL continuing its exploration in our area;
- continue to ensure that we, and our neighbours, refuse to give AGL access to our properties;
- continue to pressure all Governments, Federal, State and Local to Save the Hunter from environmental destruction;
- continue to ensure that the air we breathe is free from dangerous (or hazardous) pollution and contaminants;
- continue to ensure that the very existence of our villages is not threatened by open cut coal mining;
- continue to call upon the State Government to honour its pre and post election promises to protect the Hunter Valley from Coal Seam Methane Mining.

We have had some successes in that as a result of our incessant representations the "Broke Fordwich winegrowing region", which includes Broke, Fordwich, Milbrodale and Bulga, has been declared "Strategic Agricultural Land" in that it is a "critical industry cluster".

Unfortunately the Strategic Land Use, and associated, Policies have no real teeth; the moratorium on fracking has been lifted (we are awaiting a copy of the Government Scientist's report upon which Minister Hartcher relied to lift the moratorium); AGL is still exploring; AGL acknowledged that wine country should be saved and surrendered some areas of its PEL near Pokolbin (an areas where there is apparently no commercial coal or gas), but continues to explore in other areas; AGL continues to breach its licence conditions and continues to damage the environment; the coal mining companies are saturating the air in the Hunter with dust and other contaminants (particularly in the dead of night) and Minister for the Environment Parker appears to be doing nothing to help us; open cut coal mine expansion is imminent, however there is insufficient cumulative impact studies available to enable the community, or the Government for that matter, to predict the cumulative effect of these expansions.

There is so much to do.

We need help and input.

- We'd like to have a group to focus on AGL and the coal seam methane mining;
- We'd like to have a group to focus on coal mine expansion and cumulative impacts;
- We'd like to have a group to focus on air quality, noise and light from the coal mines.

Look forward to seeing you at Broke Hall on 9th.


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