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NSW COAL AND CSG COMMUNITY CONFERENCE - Barrington

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       NSW	
  COAL	
  AND	
  CSG	
  COMMUNITY	
  CONFERENCE	
  
	
  
                     Saturday	
  27	
  and	
  Sunday	
  28	
  October	
  2012	
  
               Gloucester	
  High	
  School,	
  Ravenshaw	
  Street,	
  Gloucester	
  
                              (see	
  www.groundswellgloucester.com	
  for	
  map)	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
                                              Presented	
  by	
  
	
  
                                                  GROUNDSWELL	
  GLOUCESTER	
  2012	
  -­‐	
  PROGRAM	
  
                                                             Saturday 27 October 2012
9:30 – 10:30                Finalise your Registration and Morning tea
                            Welcome to Country – Aunty Norma Fisher. Aunty Norma is a Booken Booken Elder, a member of Forster
                            Aboriginal Land Council and President of Gloucester Mookibakh traditional owners.
10:30 – 10:35
                            Official Opening – Councillor John Rosenbaum, Mayor, Gloucester Shire Council
                            The Challenge Before Us – Julie Lyford, Conference Convenor
10:35 – 10:45               How Green Was My Valley – Graeme Healy, Chairperson, Barrington Gloucester Stroud Preservation Alliance
                            USA Frac-Finding Tour
10:45 – 11:45
                            Drew Hutton – President, Lock the Gate (LTGA) and Peter Martin, Kim Martin –Southern Highlands Coal Action Group
                            Strategic Regional Land Use Policy (SRLUP)
11:45 – 12:30
                            Fiona Simson – President, NSW Farmers and Stephanie Venuti, Solicitor, NSW Environmental Defenders Office (EDO)
                            Panel Session Q&A
12:30 – 13:00               Fiona Simson, Drew Hutton, Stephanie Venuti, Peter Martin, Interim Independent Scientific Expert Committee on Coal
                            Seam Gas and Coal Mining representative TBC
13:00 – 14:00               Lunch
14:00 – 15:30               Concurrent Workshops (choose one to attend)
                            Peaceful direct civil action and       Groundwater, Aquifers and CSG                Health – All about noise
                            the legal consequences                 Dr Philip Pells                              Low frequency noise, resonance and
                            Steve Phillips, Hunter Lock The Gate                                                industrial noise policy – Lance Batey
                            Elaine Johnson, Solicitor, NSW EDO                                                  Dr Steve Robinson, BGSPA
                                                                                                                Compensation for Mining Induced
                                                                                                                health damage
                                                                                                                John Rowe, Barrister
15:30 – 16:00               Afternoon Tea
16:00 – 17:30               Concurrent Workshops (choose one to attend)
                            The big picture: coal expansion SRLUP, Aquifer Interference      Health - Do people matter?
                            plans in Australia and Globally Policy and CSG Codes of Practice Health Impact Assessment - Phil Laird
                            John Hepburn, Executive Director, & Part 4, PAC and CCC’s        Lung Function Testing – Dr Tuan Au,
                            The Sunrise Project                    Stephanie Venuti, Solicitor, NSW EDO         Dr Steve Robinson, Robyn Dugas
                                                                   European & Aboriginal Heritage               Community Dust Monitors & Upper
                                                                   Garry Smith & EDO                            Hunter Air Quality Network – Graham
                                                                                                                Brown

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                                                                GROUNDSWELL	
  GLOUCESTER	
  2012	
  -­‐	
  PROGRAM	
  
17:30                         Close of Saturday program

19:00                         Optional (extra cost) - Evening meal, Q & A, entertainment




                                                                                   Sunday 28 October 2012

7:00 – 8:00                   The Bucketts Walk – a self-guided energetic walk to the top of the Bucketts with a magnificent view over the
Optional                      Vale of Gloucester (ask for a flyer at registration)
8:30 – 9:00                   Finalise your Registration
9:00 – 10:30                  Concurrent Workshops (choose one to attend)
                              What’s this about                            Media and social                       Local Government and the                                Make your community
                              access arrangements?                         networking                             Muswellbrook Experience                                 CSG free
                              Stephanie Venuti and Elaine Kate Ausburn, LTGA                                      Martin Rush, Mayor,                                     Annie Kia, Lock The Gate
                              Johnson, Solicitors, NSW                                                            Muswellbrook Council                                    Alliance Northern Rivers
                              EDO
10:30 – 11:00                 Morning Tea
11:00 – 13:00                 Concurrent Workshops (choose one to attend)
                              Hunter Groups Networking                                   The real economic impacts of the Winners and Losers - challenging
                              Session                                                    mining boom                      through the Courts
                              Steve Phillips, Hunter LTGA                                Mark Ogge, The Australia Institute                             Elaine Johnson
                                                                                         An alternative economic model                                  Solicitor, NSW EDO
                                                                                         Ken Johnson, The Gloucester Project
                                                                                         Thomas Davey, Tourism
13:00 – 14:00                 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00                 Action Plan Consolidation
15:00                         Close of Conference
                                                                                                	
  
     The	
  Environmental	
  Defenders	
  Office	
  publication	
  Mining	
  and	
  the	
  Law	
  -­‐	
  A	
  Guide	
  for	
  the	
  Community	
  will	
  be	
  available	
  free	
  to	
  all	
  attendees.	
  
                  Sharyn	
  Munro,	
  author	
  of	
  Richland,	
  Wasteland	
  –	
  How	
  coal	
  is	
  killing	
  Australia	
  will	
  have	
  copies	
  available	
  for	
  purchase.


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                                 GROUNDSWELL	
  GLOUCESTER	
  2012	
  –	
  WORKSHOP	
  INFORMATION	
  


                                                      Saturday Workshops

Peaceful direct civil action and the legal consequences
Steve Phillips, Hunter LTGA & Elaine Johnson, Solicitor EDO
Steve Phillips will enlighten workshop participants on the key elements of peaceful direct civil action and Elaine Johnson from the
Environmental Defenders Office will discuss criminal law and campaigning issues and the consequences of direct action. Elaine will cover the
main offences and look at some case studies to see how the Courts have applied the law against coal and CSG campaigners who have been
charged.

Health – all about noise
Lance Batey and Dr Steve Robinson (facilitator)
Discussion and actions will revolve around the serious issue of low frequency noise, resonance and industrial noise policy.
Other health professionals and topics to be advised.
Compensation for Mining Induced health damage
John Rowe, Barrister
John has been a Barrister since 1970. He practiced in Crime for a number of years but now practises in civil jurisdictions and has run many
high profile cases including the Helix case which was the first class action case to go to hearing in the Federal Court. He has been involved in
other class actions involving heavy metal poisoning; pollution of water ways due to spray drift of agricultural chemicals; imported agricultural
seeds mixed with exotic weed seeds; bio accumulation of chemicals in fatty tissues of cattle when used in cattle dips. John has been advising
and preparing two significant class actions out of Tasmania involving heavy metal poisoning and two pollution cases involving coal mines in
New South Wales.

Groundwater, Aquifers and CSG
Dr Philip Pells
Come away with a well-documented understanding from Philip of:
   1. The impacts of coal and CSG extraction on groundwater systems, and the time for such impacts to develop.
   2. The value of water in irrigation and stock feeding (how much do we need to produce what)
   3. The groundwater resources of NSW
   4. The interaction of groundwater systems and surface water systems
   5. The technology (physics and chemistry) of hydrofracturing
   6. Produced water and what to do with it
   7. What has been learned in the USA and Australia to date.
The essence of each topic will be presented in short documents. The NSW groundwater resources are already in map form



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                                GROUNDSWELL	
  GLOUCESTER	
  2012	
  –	
  WORKSHOP	
  INFORMATION	
  
The big picture: coal expansions plans in Australia and Globally
John Hepburn, Executive Director, The Sunrise Project
Around Australia there are plans to more than double total coal exports to meet growing demand in India and China. This discussion will
discuss the global dynamics of the coal industry, and explore opportunities to build links between campaigns around Australia and
internationally.

Strategic Regional Land Use Policy, Aquifer Interference Policy and CSG Codes of Practice
Stephanie Venuti, Solicitor EDO and Garry Smith (Heritage issues)
• Strategic Regional Land Use Policy.
• Aquifer Interference Policy.
• CSG Codes of Practice.
• The role of the PAC (Planning Assessment Commission) under the new Government arrangements.
• The role of Community Consultative Committees (CCC) and the legislative process.
• Aboriginal and European Heritage issues

Health - do people matter?
Phil Laird, Maules Creek Community Council
Discussing the Health Impact Assessment process for the Gunnedah Basin and the instigation of a s1734a Committee.
Dr Tuan Au, Dr Steve Robinson, Robyn Dugas
Lung Function Testing (and other pre mining health screening)
Graham Brown
Community Dust Monitors and Upper Hunter Air Quality Network



                                                         Sunday Workshops

Local Government and the Muswellbrook Experience
Martin Rush, Mayor, Muswellbrook Council
Muswellbrook is the only town of its size in Australia to be entirely surrounded by approved coal mine developments. The Muswellbrook
experience provides an insight into a community exposed to the impacts of mining for well over a century.
Muswellbrook Mayor, Martin Rush, will provide an overview of that experience and the particular opportunities and challenges for local
government to effect improved environmental and social outcomes: through its persuasive influence on the coal mine development approvals
process, and the critical role it plays in advocating for its communities to best mitigate against adverse impacts of coal mine development.



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                                  GROUNDSWELL	
  GLOUCESTER	
  2012	
  –	
  WORKSHOP	
  INFORMATION	
  
What’s this about access arrangements?
Stephanie Venuti and Elaine Johnson, Solicitors, EDO NSW
Access arrangements - covering the process for negotiating access arrangements, the things they should cover, arbitration and appeals.
Access arrangements are critically important to get right and everyone needs to know how they work and how to get the best out of the process.


Media and social networking
Kate Ausburn, Lock The Gate


Make your community CSG free
Annie Kia, Lock The Gate Alliance Northern Rivers
Annie Kia and Carmel Flint (LTGA) will also be holding a separate in-depth session on Monday 29 October in Gloucester. Please see
information on the last page of the program.


Hunter Groups Networking Session
Steve Phillips, Hunter Lock The Gate
This is a session for the community organisations within the Hunter Valley to network and focus their future action plans.


Winners and Losers - challenging through the Courts
Elaine Johnson, Solicitor, EDO NSW
Look at some case studies to see how effective legal action against coal and CSG developments has been to date. Some of the case studies
are based on Gloucester. See what works and what doesn’t work.


The real economic impacts of the mining Boom - Mark Ogge, The Australia Institute
Mining in Australia is a relatively small employer. It is mostly foreign-owned. And it crowds out important industries like agriculture, tourism and
manufacturing. Research by Canberra-based think tank, The Australia Institute, continues to confirm that public perceptions about the size,
significance and economic benefits of Australia’s expanding mining industry are dramatically overestimated. The Australia Institute’s Mark
Ogge works on engagement with industries and communities affected by the expansion of coal and gas mining. He will talk about the key
findings of Mining the Truth: The rhetoric and reality of the commodities boom which systematically unpicks many of the myths promoted by
large mining companies and explains the detrimental impacts of the mining industry on other crucial sectors of the Australian economy.




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                                 GROUNDSWELL	
  GLOUCESTER	
  2012	
  –	
  WORKSHOP	
  INFORMATION	
  
Mark Ogge currently works for Canberra-based think tank, The Australia Institute, on engagement with industries and communities affected by
the expansion of coal and gas mining. His work involves communication of key research findings about the impacts of the mining industry on
other crucial sectors of the Australian economy, especially manufacturing, tourism, education and agriculture.
Mark is also a fine artist and former Operations Director at Beyond Zero Emissions where he helped initiate and direct the award-winning Zero
Carbon Australia 2020 project, the Repower Australia public talks program, and other initiatives including the Repower Port Augusta campaign.
An alternative economic model - Ken Johnson, The Gloucester Project
The Gloucester Project is a regional development solution aimed at creating self-sustaining regional communities. The Project draws its
strength from being a community-developed economic growth model with a focus on food production.
Gloucester Tourism Action Group – Thomas Davey
Tourism is a major economic factor in the success and development of rural and regional Australia. Currently visitation to Gloucester is worth
conservatively $30M per annum (Destination NSW 2012 figures). How do we make sure that we do not lose the assets that are part of tourism
success?


2.00pm – 3.00pm Action Plan Consolidation
Now it’s time to consolidate the goals, action and planning for the next 12 months and beyond.




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                                 GROUNDSWELL	
  GLOUCESTER	
  2012	
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  Supplementary	
  Workshop	
  




                            FREE TRAINING SESSION – GASFIELD FREE COMMUNITIES	
  

         With Annie Kia (Lock the Gate Alliance Northern Rivers) and Carmel Flint (Lock The Gate)	
  

                                                    Monday 29 October, 2012

                                            Gloucester Soldiers Club Auditorium

                                                        9:30 am to 3:30 pm


    9.30am - 1pm - Training session on Gasfield Free Communities
    Gasfield Free Communities is an empowering community defence strategy that has wide applicability across NSW, and which
    has so far seen hundreds of communities declare themselves gasfield free across the Northern Rivers. Annie Kia, one of the key
    designers of the strategy, will present training on how to implement a Gasfield Free Community strategy. This will include sharing
    what has been learnt in the Northern Rivers, outlining the essential elements of community engagement, allowing participants to
    explore the application of the strategy to their area (including to coal mining), and work-shopping the resources needed to
    underpin it.


    2pm - 3.30pm - Community engagement in metro areas
    Strategising around engagement models and issues.




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