- Protect our land and water from mining.
- Honesty and integrity in politics
- Local jobs
- People before profits
- Improved heath and education services.



Thursday, 29 January 2015

Nationals fail as a reluctant PAC approves mining in the heart of the Liverpool Plains

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham has condemned the National Party for their utter failure to protect the Liverpool Plains, after the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) reluctantly agreed to approve the Chinese Government owned Shenhua Watermark coal mine but urged the government to undertake more detailed work to protect the fertile black soils of the Liverpool Plains.

“This mine approval is a disaster for the Liverpool Plains, the community will be devastated and I am angry that politicians have failed. The mine threatens some of the most fertile soils and best water resources in Australia,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Greens call for shake-up of private vocational education funding

Following further revelations of potential rorting by private, for-profit education providers, the
Australian Greens have called for the recently established Senate inquiry into private vocational education to consider a crackdown on private operators accessing government funding.

“Figures highlighted by the ABC showing that only 19 students from Evocca College graduated in 2012, despite the fact the college enrolled 14,000 that year, demonstrates the serious problem at the heart of the for-profit education industry,” Greens spokesperson for higher education Senator Rhiannon said.

BTEX chemical nightmare spells end for AGL’s Gloucester fracking

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said that should pack up and leave the Gloucester Valley following the detection of highly toxic BTEX chemicals at about 10 times the background levels in their flowback water.  AGL have announced the voluntary suspension of their Waukivory pilot program following the pollution incident, but Mr Buckingham says this does not go far enough. 

“BTEX chemicals in the water are an absolute nightmare and the Greens want a permanent ban on coal seam gas and fracking in NSW.  Coal seam gas is unsafe, unnecessary and unwanted,” Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said.

Climate change will hit Australia harder than the rest of the world.

This morning the CSIRO predicted temperature rises of up to 5.1 degrees in Australia by 2090. If we continue ‘business as usual’ Australia is set to cook at an even faster rate than the rest of the world.

Even as climate change threatens to hit Australia harder than the rest of the world, the Abbott Government is dragging us backwards.

 Please share our graphic with your networks and build public momentum for more action on climate change, not less. 

Over the weekend, while President Obama met with Prime Minister Modi in India to work towards a strong and ambitious agreement in Paris, Abbott was busy making Prince Philip - the Queen’s husband - a knight. 

Friday, 23 January 2015

Greens & community win on coal seam gas as Santos deadline passes

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy today declared that the Greens, farmers and the community had won the debate over coal seam gas over the last four years saying the industry had been stopped in its tracked.  He cited Santos’ announcement yesterday that they would not proceed with the Narrabri coal seam gas project until the “back end of the decade”, as well as the expiry today of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the NSW Government and Santos to fast-track the Narrabri coal seam gas project.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Fracking fluid water contamination means game over for coal seam gas

The Greens mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said the communities worst fears had been realised, with the Environmental Protection Authority announcing they were investigating AGL's detection of fracking chemicals in ground water after recent hydraulic fracturing operations at Gloucester.  He repeated the Greens call for fracking and coal seam gas to be prohibited in NSW. 

“One of the great fears with coal seam gas is water contamination from fracking chemicals, and now it appears this fear has come true with AGL's fracking operations at Gloucester,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

Marine Parks Essential For Healthy Oceans and Fishers


Carol Vernon, Greens candidate for Oxley and Greens NSW Spokesperson for Fisheries and the Marine Environment, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC , have clarified the Greens’ position on marine parks and fishing.

Carol Vernon said:

“I, along with The Greens NSW recognise the rights of local communities and community-based groups to participate in planning and management of marine areas.  We also recognise the importance of sustainable commercial fishing to jobs and the economy, especially in regional NSW. 

“Balancing this is a need to protect our marine environments, both to ensure we protect our marine ecology as well as to ensure that there is enough fish for recreational and commercial fishers into the future.  

 “The Greens NSW supports the protection of fish habitat under ever increasing threats from poorly planned development, in some cases approved by state planning bodies. Poor forestry and agricultural practices also threaten fish habitat.

“The Greens NSW support Marine Parks as a way to preserve our marine environment as well as to ensure the fishing industry remains sustainable. In the same way we retain National Parks on land to protect our environment, we need a marine reserve system to protect our marine environment from threats. For example, Grey Nurse Sharks, a threatened species that congregates at Fish Rock, is under particular threat from the baited hooks of a small number of irresponsible recreational fishers.”

Sunday, 4 January 2015

JACKIE FRENCH: DON’T DESTROY MY BELOVED VALLEY: From The Hoopla

Photo of Jackie French from The Hoopla

In February 2013, Unity Mining began work next to the NSW village of Majors Creek on their Dargues Reef Gold Mine project. Twelve days later, after heavy but normal rainfall for the area, a thick sludge of mud slid down into Majors Creek.

Majors Creek feeds into the water system for the orchards and market gardens of the Araluen Valley, through Conservation Reserves with more than 23 endangered, vulnerable or critically endangered species, and then into the drinking water of nearly 70% of the residents of Eurobodalla Shire on the far south coast of NSW.

Read original article by in The Hoopla

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