Renewables cheaper than coal & gas in Australia

Renewables cheaper than coal & gas in Australia

“This may come as a surprise to most people, that renewable energy is cheaper than electricity from new-build coal or gas-fired power stations in Australia. Go to the link to read an analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance research film.”

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The CSG Invasion vs Australian Communities

The CSG Invasion vs Australian Communities

The invasion of the coal seam gas (CSG) mining industry is now coming closer to the Gold Coast, with exploration in Canungra, in Beechmont, in the Tweed and Byron Shire. Over 80% of the state of Queensland is under permit for mining or exploration for mining. This month’s guest speaker at Gecko House was Michael McNamara from the Lock the Tweed group. He is also on the Board of Lock the Gate Alliance, a national advocacy group opposing coal seam gas mining, particularly on agricultural land. Michael spoke about the coal seam gas industry and the Lock the Gate campaign, including a nine week blockade at Glenugie in the Clarence Valley, New South Wales and a blockade near Kyogle next to the Eden Creek State Forest.

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Are coal seam gas wells a bush fire risk?

Are coal seam gas wells a bush fire risk?

Further to concerns raised about burning flares at CSG wells, suggestions these may cause bush fires and questions about why CSG companies, in NSW at least, are exempt from total fire bans, I did some research and came across reference to Santos Gas being able to invoke a Total Fire Ban Exemption Under regulation Schedule 15 of the Rural Fires Act 1997, as published in the Government Gazette. There is a particular regulation called ‘SCHEDULE 15 – Exhaust Stacks for Gas Exploration, Collection, Drainage, Refining Facilities, Oil Refineries and Steel Works’ which allows Santos to continue to operate no matter the fire weather conditions.

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Mining boom has cost Australian farmers $B43.5 in export income

Mining boom has cost Australian farmers $B43.5 in export income

Yesterday The Australia Institute released our most recent research paper on the economic impacts of the mining boom “Beating Around the Bush: The impact of the mining boom on rural exports” . The full report is available here

Some of the headline figures are that last financial year the rise in the Australian dollar as a result of the mining boom has cost Australian farmers $43.5 billion in export income, including $14.9 billion in 2010-11 alone. 

This represents a decrease of 41 per cent in export income because of the high exchange rate attributable to the mining boom. This cost the beef industry $2b last year alone, and the sugar industry over $500m.

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Why Qld’s Coal and Gas Boom Matters to You

Why Qld’s Coal and Gas Boom Matters to You

The Australia Institute invites you to a free public forum…
WHY QUEENSLAND’S COAL AND GAS BOOM MATTERS TO YOU

It is often claimed that the enormous expansion of coal and gas mining in Queensland is good for the economy. Yet there is mounting evidence that many Queenslanders are losing out as the resource boom continues to “crowd out” tourism, manufacturing, agriculture and education businesses.

This forum brings together representatives from key non-mining sectors of the Queensland economy to discuss the implications of the resource boom for their industries.

Findings will be presented from a new study by The Australia Institute which quantifies the losses faced by farmers as a result of the high Australian dollar, largely resulting from the resource boom.
Speakers include

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Protest Against Santos-CSG-Greenwashing

Protest Against Santos-CSG-Greenwashing

Lock the Gate Rally at Southport Parklands this Sunday 7th October at 12 noon.

Wear Yellow and Black.
Bring Signs – No Coal Seam Gas / Protect our food –No Coal Seam Gas/ City people against Coal Seam Gas/ Save our Food and Nature – No Coal Seam Gas/
Live music, stalls and vendors.
Support our rural communities suffering loss of land, livelihood, environment and health from coal seam gas and coal mining.
Santos GLNG are partners with Bicycle Queensland to sponsor the Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge, a 100km ride from South Bank to the Broadwater Parklands. Event starts at 9am.

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CSG Protest 9th October 2012

CSG Protest 9th October 2012

“The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), the peak industry body for the Australian oil and gas industry, proudly invites you to take part in the southern hemisphere’s premier CSG event.”

Well, that’s what it says on their web site. So get ready to go ! This Conference aims to celebrate their plundering of Australian resources at the expense of virtually everything else.
Lock The Gate Alliance (which includes Northern Rivers Guardians Inc.) has written to the event organisers asking for free admission for one or more representatives to be admitted as observers. This will test their sincerity in seeking “a social licence to operate. “
The morning of 9th October the APPEA conference will be addressed by Martin Ferguson the Federal Minister for Resources and Energy (via video) and state ministers from both Queensland and NSW in person. NSW Minister for Resources and Energy Chris Hartcher’s talk is titled “Unlocking new gas supply for NSW.”

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Bimblebox Screening – Coal Seam Gas Documentary

Bimblebox Screening – Coal Seam Gas Documentary

At Gecko-Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council’s (Gecko) next General Meeting on 8th August the stunning documentary Bimblebox will be shown for the first time on the Gold Coast. The screening will be at Gecko House, 139 Duringan St, Currumbin beginning at 6.30pm. All members of the public who have concerns about the future of our food production and biodiversity are urged to come and see this exceptional film.

Lois Levy, President of Gecko said, “This film should be compulsory viewing for all politicians and all Australians. I watched this film and was shocked by the wholesale devastation of our magnificent country for the short term profits of a few global companies who care little for the heritage they will leave. “

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Lock the Gate Against Mining in Your Area

Lock the Gate Against Mining in Your Area

‘Lock the Gate’ against coal seam gas

7 September 2011 – Click here to read our submission to the NSW Senate enquiry…

Gecko – Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council hosted a screening of the award winning film GasLand in April 2011 at Robina Community Centre. GasLand is a documentary by Josh Fox which addresses the issues surrounding coal seam gas in America. Watch the trailer below:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYEBwbB6xuA&feature=player_embedded#at=15

At the GasLand film screening there were around 70 attendants including Gecko members Petrina van Reyk, Bryne Smith, Rose Adams, Linda Ray and Samantha Morris, as well as Drew Hutton and Libby Connors (pictured).

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