Narrabri Gas Project’s next formal step in the assessment process will be its referral to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC). A meeting is expected to be held in Narrabri on a date to be confirmed.

Country Music Cares Concert
Wednesday 22 January at 7.00pm – Tamworth Town Hall

Come along and help record ‘Unite’ at the 12th ‘Country Cares Concert’ at the Tamworth Country Music Festival – brought to you by Allan Caswell and Lock The Gate. Show your support for our rural communities battling drought and takeover by coal and gas. Artists include The Bushwackers, Aleyce Simmonds, Brad Butcher, Chad Morgan, Andrew Swift, Montgomery Church, Allan Caswell, Pixie, Greg Storer, Glenn Jones, Matt Scullion, Roo Arcus, Liam Kennedy Clark, Ainsley Allen, Pat Drummond, Paul Robert Burton, Melody Moko, String Loaded Fiddle Band – plus 2 multi Golden Guitar Winning Surprise Guest Stars … the artists on this show have won a total of 42 Golden Guitars between them!

Tickets here

The People’s Climate Assembly
Tuesday 4 February 2020
Federal Parliament, Canberra

The People’s Climate Assembly is a coalition of activists groups and supporters wanting to show a united front to our government that action must be taken to address the climate emergency and that the people of Australia will no longer accept complacency and denial of the truth.

They will gather on the lawn outside Parliament House when the Parliament reopens on 4 February 2020. A large tent will be set up on Parliament lawn (Federation Mall), with amenities for attendees. Whilst the main demonstration will officially take place on the opening of parliament, there will be a number of activities leading up to, and following this event.

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Second Hearing into NSW Chief Scientist’s recommendations on CSG
Tuesday 4 February 2020
Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney

The NSW Upper House inquiry continues into the implementation of the 16 recommendations contained in the NSW Chief Scientist’s Independent Review of Coal Seam Gas Activities in NSW. These were said to be necessary for the industry to operate safely.

After the first enquiry was described as a “train wreck for the government” the committee resolved to have another half day hearing and change the reporting date to February 28.

This second hearing will allow additional government witnesses, Santos employees and environmental groups, to state their position on whether the government has met the requirements.

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Queensland Hunter Gas Pipeline Meeting
Saturday February 8 2020, 2pm
Quirindi RSL

The NSW Planning Department approved the Queensland Hunter Gas Pipeline in 2009. The approval was extended for five years in 2019.

The pipeline travels past the proposed Santos Narrabri Gas Project, through many other communities with known coal seam gas reserves covered by expired but not cancelled exploration licences.

To gain more knowledge and expertise, a group of landholders have organised this public meeting to bring together these communities to hear from others who have been affected by proposed and built gas pipelines across NSW.

The last time many landholders heard from the developer was in 2009 and 2011, when the company committed to keep landholders informed and up to date on developments.

Many new landholders are totally unaware of this pipeline corridor on their land as no easements are noted on land titles.

NSW Planning Department website for the original 2009 approval with link to Modification Assessment.

For further information contact Peter Wills 0417 333 669

New England Solar Farm Public Meeting
Tuesday 11 February 2020 4.30pm
RSL Memorial Hall, Uralla

The Independent Planning Committee are holding a Public Meeting to listen to the community’s views on the proposed New England Solar Farm.

The meeting will be open to the public to observe the proceedings; however, if you would like to apply to speak at the meeting you must register before 5pm AEDT on Tuesday 4 February 2020 by completing the Registration Form and emailing it to ipcn@ipcn.nsw.gov.au. You will be notified if your request to speak has been accepted.

For those who cannot attend on the day, written comments will be accepted up to one week (seven days) after the Public Meeting. Written comments are weighed the same as spoken presentations.

Find out how you can have your say