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Environment minister’s cousin protests at Santos’ Pilliga site

Environment minister’s cousin protests at Santos’ Pilliga site

National News | January 25, 2016 | by Chris Dobney

Federal environment minister Greg Hunt’s first cousin has taken the extraordinary action of suspending herself 12 metres in the air to block access to construction vehicles and interrupt work at Santos’ controversial Leewood coal seam gas wastewater plant in the Pilliga, north-west NSW.

Jen Hunt is a 51-year-old retired social worker, a mother of two and stepmother of six. She is the latest of a series of people who have taken peaceful direct action and risked arrest to stop the controversial project over the last two months.

Ms Hunt says she wants to send a message to her cousin about the need to protect the Great Artesian Basin. So she suspended herself on a platform hanging from a tree in an effot to halt Santos’ construction work.

She was joined today by 20 supporters including two ‘climate angels’ from Lismore who are part of an international theatrical movement for peaceful climate action. In the past two weeks ten people have been charged for involvement in protests at the Leewood site.

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Lord's Taverners Top Sports Camp gives bush kids opportunities to try something new

Lord's Taverners Top Sports Camp gives bush kids opportunities to try something new

ABC North Coast By Samantha Turnbull

A group of 30 disadvantaged children from the north west of New South Wales has travelled eight hours east to a camp where many saw the ocean for the first time.

The children from Narrabri, Boggabri, Wee Waa, Pilliga, Rowena, Lightning Ridge, Moree, Ashford and Collarenebri spent three days at the Top Sports Camp in Lennox Head run by the Lord's Taverners.

The Lord's Taverners are a charity group with members who combine a love of sport with a desire to help people in need.

Narrabri member Tony Longworth is also a school bus driver who drove the group of predominantly 11 to 15-year-olds more than 600 kilometres to the camp.

He said their reaction when they hit the coast was worth the wait.

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Central Coast man charged in Pilliga forest coal seam gas protest

Central Coast man charged in Pilliga forest coal seam gas protest

By JOANNE MCCARTHY Newcastle Herald

A CENTRAL Coast man was arrested in the Pilliga forest outside Narrabri on Thursday as protesters ramp up a campaign against Santos plans for 850 coal seam gas wells in the forest.

Carpenter Jason Joll, of Calga, was charged with trespass after walking inside Santos’ Leewood coal seam gas wastewater treatment facility construction area.

He joined the protest to draw attention to Santos’ broader plan for 850 wells in the Pilliga. The Leewood facility is designed to treat up to one million litres of coal seam gas wastewater each day from exploratory works in the forest, and is under construction without development consent.

Mr Joll, 49, was shocked at the size of the project which protesters say threatens the Great Artesian Basin.

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Arrests continue as protesters stand ground

Arrests continue as protesters stand ground

Daily Liberal

Protestors continue to be arrested at Santos' Leewood wastewater treatment facility in the Pilliga Forest, with two more charged on Thursday morning, taking the total to seven in the past three weeks.

Gabrielle Laver, a 44-year-old from Tabulum, was arrested and charged with disobeying directives and obstruction for delaying a convoy of trucks entering the Leewood site.

The organisation Pilliga Action Camp claimed the protest was peaceful and police dragged Gabrielle from the road to allow the convoy to proceed.

Forty-nine-year-old Central Coast man Jason Jol was arrested and charged with trespassing on the inside of the facility where he ventured to halt to work on site.

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Mike Baird changes tack on coal as NSW starts to prepare for industry's decline

Peter Hannam - Sydney Morning Herald

The government has met with a series of anti-mining activists amid slumping industry fortunes, apparently making good on a pledge to give more equal weight to environmental and social issues when considering mine approvals.

The conciliatory approach with activists comes at a crucial time for the coal mining industry, with Premier Mike Baird's government considering approvals to mine 1.2 billion tonnes, after approving 1.8 billion tonnes of new coal mining since he became premier.



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