The Rocky Hill Coal Mine is threatening the beautiful Gloucester Valley.
UPDATE 30 MARCH 2018

Dear Members and Supporters

#TIME2CHOOSE Rally
Thanks to all who attended last Saturday's rally and march - an estimated 10,000 people were in attendance. It was particularly thrilling to see farmers ride their horses into Prince Alfred Park at the conclusion of the March. There's a folder of pictures on Lock the Gate's
flickr site and another great collection here.

Lock the Gate Alliance will be intensifying efforts to gather votes in the People's Referendum on Coal and Gas. If you haven't voted yet, you can do so online
here.

BEYOND COAL AND GAS CONFERENCE 2018
This year's conference will be held on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland from 31 May to 3 June. These are always inspiring events. It is especially uplifting to hear from international speakers who are able to give our local campaigns perspective within the big picture and to learn that the tide of history is on our side!
Early Bird Registrations close tomorrow. For more information and to register, click here.

CLIMATE CHAMPION AWARDS
Following is a message from Greens MLCs, Justin Field and Jeremy Buckingham.
Thank you to everyone who took part in nominations for the ‘John Davis’ Climate Champion and Young Climate Champion awards. It was an inspiring celebration of good folk working hard for a safer climate and helping to create a better future. We’re proud to announce our short-list of nine finalists who are all doing an outstanding job in their communities.

Online voting is now open for both award categories until 6 April 2018.

To vote, visit the Climate Champion Awards Album
here, read a bit more about everyone and like a nominee’s post to show your support. You can vote for as many champions as your like!
The winners will be announced at a special community event at Parliament House on the evening of
11 April 2018. There will be drinks, canapes, good company, recognition of the short-listed nominees and announcement of award winners.
More information and tickets available at
Eventbrite.

ROCKY HILL COAL PROJECT
Your committee will be meeting next Friday, 6 April 2018 to review recent discussions with the EDO et al. A further update will be sent subsequent to this meeting.
Happy Easter.

The Groundswell Gloucester Team
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If approved the Rocky Hill Coal Mine will extend mining in the valley for decades.

Schools and hundreds of homes are within the 5km health danger zone of the project’s first stage. Future expansion could be as close as 1km from the built up area of Gloucester.

The source of health and environmental problems will be closer to people and the risks will last longer than the Stratford mine.

In a world of oversupply and industry decline due to energy competition why should another coal mine be imposed on the rural community of Gloucester?

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ROCKY HILL COURT APPEAL UPDATE

Dear Members and Supporters,
Your committee has had productive discussions with the Department of Planning and has met with the EDO, MidCoast Council and MCWAG. We have requested a meeting with the Premier.
To be joined to the case independently will likely cost in the order of $50,000.
We are exploring all legal and funding options.
Please continue to hold off submitting an expression of interest to the Department of Planning about giving oral evidence to the Court until further advised.
We will keep you informed as developments occur and hope to be in a position to call a public meeting within the next month.

With best wishes
Julie Lyford
President

ROCKY HILL REFUSED
The Planning Assessment Commission has rejected the Rocky Hill Coal Project.
The PAC's reasons for refusing the development application are: 
1. the creation and operation of an open cut coal mine in this proposed location, within the RU1 and E3 zones of the Gloucester Local Environmental Plan 2010, is in direct contravention of each zone’s objectives;  2. the residual visual impact of the mine would be significant throughout all stages of the project; and  3. the project is not in the public interest.
The full PAC report can be found 
here.

Groundswell Gloucester’s submission to the PAC can be found here.  

This decision is in accordance with the recommendation of the Department of Planning that the project not be approved. The Department of Planning had identified the project’s proximity to existing residential areas and its predicted visual amenity, noise, and air quality impacts as being significant factors in its assessment.  The Department of Planning’s full assessment report can be found
here.

GRL Thumbs Nose at Community
As expected, GRL has announced that it intends to appeal to the Land and Environment Court against the Planning Assessment Commission's (PAC) rejection of the the Rocky Hill coal mine.  This decision clearly demonstrates that GRL has no interest or concern for this community and is driven entirely by self interest and greed.

Groundswell Gloucester’s Media Release can be found here.
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SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
"I support the Gloucester community in their battle to decide their own economic future and to protect the homes, land and water of the Gloucester Valley from the destructive impacts of the coal and coal seam gas industries. Keep me informed and let me know how I can help. "







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EVENTS

Saturday 24 March: Time2Choose Rally (details above)
Farm Gate Sales - Fresh Produce
- every Friday at
The Tucker Patch
Farmers Market
- second Saturday of the month
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