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Massive protests in NSW against gas and mining exploration

Posted on 03. Apr, 2014 by .

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Early on Monday 31 March 2014 morning, 2000 protectors  joined together at the Bentley Blockade just south of Lismore. This is unprecedented– and a massive difference to the first Lock the Gate blockade in March 2011 near Tara in Queensland when a small group of 25 people slept in tents!

The protestors want to stop gas miner Metgasco drilling on farmland and had news that 100 police from the riot squad were booked into Lismore motels to help the miner get started.  Although Metgasco called off work for today, the protestors will back tomorrow.

There was also another massive action on Monday 31 March 2014 up in the Leard Forest, near Narrabri on the Liverpool plains, with 82 people arrested for delaying Whitehaven’s forest clearing in preparation for the new Maules Creek coal mine. In addition to the three protestors who had locked on to equipment, the police also arrested all the other protestors for trespass (a statutory offence.)

This morning Lock the Gate also launched its new report  Railroaded on the impact of the proposed railway line from the Galilee Basin to Abbott Point in QLD. Radio National did do a story on this report but it was only late today that one mainstream newspaper finally reported on the strong community action and presence at Leard Blockade and Bentley Blockade.  However, social media went off with tweets and photos direct from the blockade site and this incredible live radio interview a Newcastle mother during the police arrests at Leard Blockade.

 

UPCOMING LOCK THE GATE FILM SCREENINGS IN SYDNEY

 

LANE COVE – LOCK THE GATE FILM SCREENING

FRACTURED COUNTRY: AN CONVENTIONAL INVASION

Monday 7 April, 6:30 PM 

With special guest speaker Liverpool Plains Farmer Rick Laird

Lane Cove Living and Learning Centre

18 Longueville Road, Lane Cove

Organised by Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society

Link to Facebook event

 

MANLY – MAULES CREEK INFO NIGHT

Tuesday 8 April, 7:00 PM 

With special guest speaker Liverpool Plains Farmer Rick Laird

Manly Library Meeting Room

1 Market Place, Sydney

Organised by Manly Environment Centre, 350.org and Lock the Gate

Link to Facebook event

 

SUTHERLAND – LOCK THE GATE FILM SCREENING

FRACTURED COUNTRY: AN CONVENTIONAL INVASION

and UNDERMINING AUSTRALIA: COAL vs COMMUNITIES

Wednesday 9 April, 6:30 PM 

With special guest speaker Liverpool Plains Farmer Rick Laird

Sutherland Multi Purpose Centre

123 Flora Street, Sutherland

Organised by Stop CSG Sutherland and Sutherland Shire Environment Centre

Link to Facebook event


GASFIELD FREE HAWKESBURY

Sydney Food Fairness Alliance

The Hawkesbury area is one of the prime growing regions for fresh perishable vegetables for the Sydney market. Come and discuss a gasfield free community strategy to protect this.

Monday 14 April, 5:00 – 6.30pm 

Bennelong Room,  Level 4, Red Cross House, behind Sydney Town Hall, Sydney 2000

Entry: Go to LH entry of the two Red Cross sections of St Andrews House. Take a lift to the 4th floor – Bennelong room is just around to the right.

If you are after 5pm, the lifts won’t work and you need to ring Lisa on 0418 117 264 to get in.

 

SUTHERLAND – TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP INFO NIGHT

FAIR DEAL or NO DEAL                                                                                  

Tuesday 29 April, 6:30 PM 

Sutherland Multi Purpose Centre

123 Flora Street, Sutherland

Organised by Stop CSG Sutherland and Sutherland Shire Environment Centre

Link to Facebook event

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A People’s Food Plan for Australia

Posted on 18. Mar, 2013 by .

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The People’s Food Plan presents a common-sense and achievable vision for fair food that places the soil and land, farmers, food workers and eaters at the centre of a restorative food system.

AFSA’s National Co-ordinator, Nick Rose, says:

“For too long we’ve depended on a food system that favours the profits of major corporations, degrades the environment, forces farmers off the land and has resulted in a diabetes, heart health and obesity crisis. This system is shockingly inefficient, with as much as 40% of all food wasted. It is also deeply unfair, with two million Australians relying on food relief, a number that is climbing rapidly.”

AFSA and its allies say the Government’s soon-to-be-released National Food Plan is an opportunity missed. Instead of offering innovative solutions to a growing food crisis, it presents a business as usual, ‘Corporate Food Plan’, driven by the interests of big business.

In this David and Goliath clash, the people have decided how to fix our broken food system. Building on the endorsements of AFSA’s positions from dozens of organisations representing hundreds of thousands of Australians, over 600 individuals had their say in 40 open forums held around the country from September to November 2012. The result is a People’s Food Plan Working Paper which prioritises decent livelihoods for farmers, and population health and environmental regeneration over chemically-grown, additive laden, ‘Frankenfoods’.

Read…  A People’s Food Plan for Australia  -  Overview (pdf)

Read…  A People’s Food Plan for Australia    (pdf)       A common-sense approach to a fair, sustainable and resilient food system.

Read.. . A People’s Food Plan for Australia    A summary of the working paper 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Australia Institute Report – Beating Around the Bush

Posted on 22. Nov, 2012 by .

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Attached  is a new report, “Beating Around the Bush” from The Australia Institute which quantifies the impact to Agriculture from the high AUD that has arisen from the mining “boom”.

Summary

Since the beginning of the mining boom Australia’s rural sector has lost $43.5 billion in export income. This includes $14.9 billion in 2010-11 alone. These losses have occurred because the mining boom has forced the Australian dollar to historic highs.

The damage the mining boom is doing to other sectors has created what has been dubbed the ‘two speed economy’. The booming mining industry has pushed up the Australian exchange rate and in doing so has cut the export earnings of trade-exposed parts of the economy.

Read more…  “Beating Around the Bush”

 

 

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Australian field of wheat by: Adrian van Leen

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National Sustainable Food Summit Report

Posted on 03. May, 2011 by .

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The Sustainable Food Summit 2011 brought together over 230 of food and agriculture’s biggest players and leading experts in a two-day exchange of knowledge and ideas.

The goal was to share ideas that could inform a vision for Australia’s food system in 2030; to examine the challenges and constraints of the current food system, and explore opportunities for change that would support a transformation to a resilient, adaptable and sustainable food system.

Various key stakeholders attended the summit including academics and researchers, farmers, food manufacturers, sustainability professionals, government and policy makers, retailers and financiers.

The report produced from the summit can be found here.

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