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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 22 October 2012 Please note the program is subject to change. 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. 22 October 2012 Please note the program is subject to change. 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 22 October 2012 Please note the program is subject to change. 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. 22 October 2012 Please note the program is subject to change. 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. 22 October 2012 Please note the program is subject to change. 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. 22 October 2012 Please note the program is subject to change. GROUNDSWELL GLOUCESTER 2012 – 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. 22 October 2012 Please note the program is subject to change.
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