For decades the people of the Hunter Valley have tolerated their coal mine neighbours, despite the damage to the tourism and agriculture industries and health impacts.
In recent times however, they have had enough.
The unchecked expansion of mining is pushing these other industries to the brink, causing terrible damage to public health and ecosystems too. With the coal market in decline, continuing support for this industry is choking off alternative job options for the Hunter Valley.
So where do we draw the line?
As residents living in the Premier and Planning Minister's electorates, we have a critical role to play in the David and Goliath battle between Hunter Valley communities and the mining companies. Get informed and be a part of it.
Featuring experts and voices from the front lines:
Annemaree McLaughlin: Resident of Bulga, the little town that has won two court cases against Rio Tinto's Warkworth mine expansion and yet is still fighting for its survival.
Rod Campbell: Director of Research at The Australia Institute and author of Seeing through the dust: Coal in the Hunter Valley economy.
Ass. Professor Peter Sainsbury: Public health expert at University of Sydney and contributor to the Coal and health in the Hunter: Lessons from one valley for the world report.
Entry by donation, refreshments provided.
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