Then they came for the farmers… #SPC #leardblockade

[clear] By Alison Parkes  6th February 2014 Two recent issues have been in the news lately concerning rural and regional communities – the impending closure of SPC and the Leardblockade. People in capital cities, on social media and old media talk about thinks like SPC or live export or another mine as if they are unaffected by the impact of these things. As a farmer in a rural and regional area the impact of mining, climate change and job loses affect me now, but in the long run, these things affect all of us. More of us than ever are living on the coastal fringes, but the way some people […]

#CSG showdown in Gloucester @1earthmedia reports

By Mark Anning reports from Gloucester, NSW The NSW Government is considering an application by giant gas company AGL to begin the controversial and risky process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at Forbesdale, just south of Gloucester in the Manning Valley NSW – less than 300 metres from the nearest family home and less than 600 metres from 35 homes in a zoned residential area. Premier O’Farrell is expected to announce his decision this month on AGL’s application to the NSW Office of Coal Seam Gas for their Review of Environmental Factors (REF)  for a fracking stimulation management plan – and local residents are digging in to fight the good fight. Federal […]

Occupy East Coast Gas Conference – Melinda Wilson reports

NEWS COMMENT By Melinda Wilson Over a hundred people from a wide range of community groups across Sydney and NSW voiced their concerns about the coal seam gas industry outside the East Coast Gas Outlook Conference  in Sydney last week. Government and industry were at the 22 October conference to discuss ways for agriculture and CSG to co-exist, and to outline the progress in NSW of coal seam gas licensing and regulation. The Marriot Hotel street-front was crowded with people who had travelled from all over NSW, including Lismore, Gosford, Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Byron Bay and Western Sydney to demonstrate their concerns about the expanding coal seam gas industry. The event […]

Let’s excise western Sydney so the rest of us have a say: @sarah_capper column

  By Sarah Capper 23 August 2013 During a candidates’ debate (a loose term) in the seat of Melbourne recently, an impassioned local resident rose during question time (again, loose term) and implored other local voters to send a message to Canberra – that voters in Australia’s “most progressive seat” should reject the major party policies “that have been tailored to suit the [presumably far less progressive] voters in western Sydney”. We’ll take that as a comment. But indeed, western Sydney has been the ‘battleground’ for many past federal elections. Former prime minister John Howard ‘wooed’ the so-called “battlers” in western Sydney seats and prime ministers have continued to woo them […]

Western Sydney Liberal Macarthur: @LisaKremmer reports

View Larger Map Macarthur Seat Profile By Lisa Kremmer 16 August 2013 I am a wife, mother, chief cook and bottle washer, gardener, avid reader and Registered Nurse who has lived in south western Sydney most of my life. I was indoctrinated into the Australian Labor Party, joining at around 16 – as one used to do in a family with worker roots. My membership lapsed many years ago now, and I now prefers to observe politics independently. I  currently work with the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, but my views are are completely my own. The federal seat of Macarthur lies in the outer south western Sydney suburbs, covering most […]

The view from Rooty Hill on last week’s invasion

By Pascal Grosvenor March11, 2013 I attended St Agnes high school at Rooty Hill from years 7 to 10.  I went to Loyola College next to the RSL in years 11 and 12.  My mother still lives in Rooty Hill, and my grandmother lived in the Catholic nursing home next to St Agnes for quite some years before she passed away. I want to give a personal account of the last week at Rooty Hill and offer my reflections and opinions on what took place. The PM’s week in Western Sydney was in essence a mini-campaign launched by her speech to Labor faithful on Sunday night. It was a tightly […]