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 […]






#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 […]






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 […]






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 […]






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 […]






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 […]