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Massive protests in NSW against gas and mining exploration

Posted on 03. Apr, 2014 by .


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.






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



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





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


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.



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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City-fringe farms crucial for food security

Posted on 14. Sep, 2012 by .


Safeguarding farms from urban sprawl and mining is crucial to minimise shortage-induced price hikes and to ensure we know our food is local and safe, a forum in Sydney’s premier food producing region will hear next week.

The forum will call for integrated state planning, a more inclusive national food plan and overseas purchase of land be subject to a national interest test.

It has been organised by the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance (SFFA) and NSW Farmers’ Region 7 which covers the greater Sydney metropolitan area and hinterland, accounting for almost all the farms and market gardens providing fresh food for the city.

NSW Farmers’ spokesperson and Sydney farmer Fred Haskins says: “Australia is currently experiencing a fruit and vegetable shortage and will have to rely on imports for at least another couple of months because of frost in Queensland and flooding in Victoria. This brings increased  biosecurity challenges such as foreign crop diseases. Our city is increasingly less able to feed itself and unless the metropolitan strategy plans are reversed and we give more support to our farmers, we can expect more price rises as half of the numerous small Sydney farms disappear to make way for houses within two decades.”

Water system pioneer Peter Andrews, who created Natural Sequence Farming will headline the panel just weeks after the . Andrews, who will give insights into water retention and purity using natural processes says it is crucial that research into the long-term effect of mining and drilling into aquifers be mandated before mining operations commence. “As a result of the Hunter and Bylong Valley mining, I believe we will see a toxic plume through the groundwater all the way to Newcastle because it is connected. With deep groundwater changes could disrupt systems that have been in place for 10,000 years or more,” he says.

Department of Primary Industries’ Murray Spicer will detail extensive survey work by the Department on agricultural lands in NSW. “Because of urban expansion and consumer demand for unseasonal food, Sydneysiders are increasingly eating food from north Queensland down to Victoria and South Australia as the season progresses rather than from Sydney Basin farms, “ says Spicer, who is the Department’s horticultural program leader.

Biodynamic farming consultant/ex-CSIRO scientist Maarten Stapper, from Canberra, will highlight the environmental and health imperatives for moving to a more sustainable farming model with less reliance on finite resources such as fuel, chemicals and synthetic fertilisers in a climate-affected and carbon pricing environment.

AusBuy CEO Lynne Wilkinson will stress the importance of knowing where our food comes from and supporting Australian agriculture and our relatively high food standards and land management. “There are chemicals still used overseas that are banned here which Australia no longer tests for because of budget cuts. So, increasingly we have to rely on the word of the people selling us their food. We are also diminishing our ability to produce our own food because of sales of agricultural land overseas. In Western Australia for example, Chinese interests are producing milk for their domestic consumption.”

For more info go to the event page and download the flyer with the details.

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Strategic Land Review

Posted on 11. May, 2012 by .


Sydney Food Fairness Alliance supports the submission from Caroona Coal Action Group in relation to the Strategic Land Review. (specifically on Aquifer Interference)


As an organisation working to ensure sustainable food systems for the future, Sydney Food Fairness Alliance (SFFA) is very concerned  at the apparent abandonment of pre-election promises made by the O’Farrell government in relation to protection for farming land in NSW’s most productive agricultural regions.

Australia has limited land suitable for the agricultural production and it makes no sense to jeopardise some of our best land, by putting short-term gain for a few companies ahead of protection of long-term sustainable assets for the Australian community.

Australia’s food production needs will rise in the future, particularly in light of extensive projected population growth, and the impact of peak oil on cost of importing foods from overseas.

The SFFA is an alliance of diverse groups including health workers, nutritionists, primary producers, environmentalists, planners, academics, human rights workers and charitable organisations. We believe that the groundswell of public opinion is shifting towards recognition of the urgent need to act now to protect our land and water, with abundant evidence of the environmental problems created when we ignore sustainability concerns.

This submission by Caroona Coal Action Group explains in detail why the Aquifer Interference Policy is flawed, and we support the CCAG in their carefully researched assertions. We urge the government to commit to much more thorough research, to adopt the precautionary principle in all considerations of the coal seam gas industry, and to ensure a much more stringent regulatory framework for CSG activities.

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More on CSG – Rosemary Nankivell’s letter to The Financial Review

Posted on 16. Feb, 2012 by .


Below are further current documents on CSG.

READ… Rosemary Nankivell’s letter to The Financial Review 15 February 2012

READ… CSG Economic Modelling   On the alleged benefits of the Santos coal seam gas project in North West NSW.   Australian Institute Feb 2012.

READ…  Media Release  Local communities should question the alleged benefits of Santos NSW CSG projects. Australian Institute Feb 2012

LISTEN… Alan Jones speaks to activist Drew Hutton

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Undermining our food bowls – how CSG & mining are threatening future food: FORUM 6 FEB 2012

Posted on 08. Feb, 2012 by .


SFFA held a very successful forum  Undermining our Food Bowl  in February in Sydney with speakers – Tim Duddy Caroona Coal Action Group, Rosemary Nankivell,  CSG Committee Chairperson and organiser of the successful blockage against Santos, and Helen Redmond from Doctors for the Environment

The debate about mining and coal seam gas on prime agricultural land in NSW  is heating up, at a time when food security is becoming an increasing global concern.  More than half of NSW is covered by titles for coal, mineral or CSG exploration or production but  the question of what this means for food production is yet to be answered.

The absence of real commitment to identifying, protecting and preserving agricultural land has led to continued uncertainty for farmers. It also  undermines  our ability to control quality, price and availability in an increasingly resource-scarce and climate-change affected environment.

Read the presentations and watch the video clips.


Utter Madness – the video of land on the Liverpool Plains shown at the forum. (7.22 min)

A concise overview of the forum (6.52 min)

Tim Duddy (11.54 min)

Rosemary Nankivel (19.37 min)

Presentation from Rosemary Nankivell  (pdf 1.61MB )

Helen Redmond (15.22 min)

Presentation from Helen Redmond, Doctors for the Environment. (pdf 440KB)


Alfalfa House
Foodconnect Sydney
Erland Howden
3Dots Studio
The Wilderness Society





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Can’t eat your house – development threatens food bowl: Presentations

Posted on 12. Dec, 2011 by .


In October the Sydney Food Fairness held a public forum as part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival. The event brought together experts in the area including NSW Farmers Association President Fiona Simson, rural planning consultant Ian Sinclair, WSROC President Alison McLaren and Urban Research Centre Director Phillip O’Neill.

Video footage and downloadable speaker presentations from the event are shown below.

WSROC President Alison McLaren (11.06 minutes)


NSW Farmers Association President Fiona Simson (13.52 minutes)


Urban Research Centre Director Phillip O’Neill. (14 minutes)


Rural planning consultant Ian Sinclair (13.13 minutes)


DOWNLOAD … Ian Sinclair’s presentation,  Contested Landscapes

DOWNLOAD... Map of Western Sydney Petroleum Leases (pdf   )

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