Thursday, 13 December 2018

Hume coal mine rejected on eve of NSW election

NSW Greens resources spokesman Jeremy Buckingham welcomed the Department of Planning's recommendation to the Independent Planning Commission that the proposed Hume Coal mine near Berrima is "not in the public interest and should not be approved", but warned that NSW needed a coal strategy to deal with new coal mine applications and phasing out coal in a strategic way.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Final Bellingen Shire Council Meeting for 2018

From Bellingen Mayor Dominic King, Deputy Mayor Toni Wright-Turner and Councillor Jennie Fenton:

The final Bellingen Shire Council Meeting for 2018 is this Wednesday (December 12) from 9am in Bellingen Council Chambers. People are welcome to observe from the gallery, and to come and go as you need to, and if you would like to speak to an agenda item, you need to let staff know by Tuesday noon.

We love seeing friendly faces in the gallery!

You can also talk to any or all of your councillors about an agenda item – all our contact details are at:

The full agenda/ business papers are at:

Thursday, 6 December 2018


Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has decried the vacuum in national energy policy and the triumph of ideology over energy reform at the Smart Energy Summit in Sydney today.
Mr Turnbull departed from towing the Liberal/National line by asserting renewable energy could simultaneously deliver a reduction in dangerous carbon pollution and cheaper electricity for the nation.

Senate calls on Government to admit Paris failings

The Senate has backed the Australian Greens' motion calling on the Government to make a clear statement about its inaction on climate change.
"It is time for this anti-science Government to front up to the fact they are failing the nation and the planet," Greens environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young

"Enough is enough. Scientists have made it very clear that we must reduce pollution and transition out of fossil fuels. If not, we will sink further and further into dangerous climate crisis. Australia has a responsibility to act for its citizens, environment and the planet. The Morrison Government is in denial and the Senate has called it out.

Major parties ignore climate change impacts on the Murray

J.Buckingham MLC in Darling River
The Labor and Liberal parties have refused to support including the impacts of climate change in the flawed Murray Darling Basin Plan in the Senate today.
"Labor says they're taking climate change seriously, but they refuse to acknowledge it affects the Murray Darling Basin," Greens water spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

LNP sign off on 20 years of more forest destruction

NSW Greens MP, Dawn Walker has labelled the decision by the State and Commonwealth Governments to sign off on new Regional Forest Agreements a disaster for native forests, wildlife and the climate.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Bellingen District Greens End of Year Social Event December 7

You are invited to join the Bellingen District Greens for our end of year get together. 

  It's on this Friday 7th of December @ The Cedar Bar in Bellingen from 3pm - 7pm.  Pop in anytime you can. 

 Drinks and snacks will be available from the bar.  This is a child friendly venue.  We hope to see you there.

At Cedar Bar on Fridays there are some great deals as follows:


Celebrate the start of weekend with our fab Friday $5 deals available from 3-6pm

$5 house wine
$5 house sparkling
$5 Draught beer
$5 bowls of hand-cut chips and aioli

If you are up for dinner there will be free live music kicking off from 7pm!

Continuation of civilisation is in your hands,' Attenborough tells world leaders

Photo The Guardian: David Attenborough

"Naturalist tells leaders at UN climate summit that fate of world is in their hands.

The collapse of civilisation and the natural world is on the horizon, Sir David Attenborough has told the UN climate change summit in Poland.

The naturalist was chosen to represent the world’s people in addressing delegates of almost 200 nations who are in Katowice to negotiate how to turn pledges made in the 2015 Paris climate deal into reality."

Read The Guardian article

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Government must heed Attenborough climate warning: Bandt

Australian Greens climate and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, says the Australian government must heed Sir David Attenborough’s warning that climate change is a threat to human civilisation.

Mr Bandt also called on the Australian government to avoid being a wrecker at the climate conference.

Attenborough’s warning came in the opening sessions of the UN global climate summit in Katowice, Poland. The representatives of the world’s countries are seeking agreement on the ‘rulebook’ that will implement the Paris Agreement to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Arthur Bain, Greens Oxley candidate events

It's all happening at the Green stall at Valla Beach Community Markets with Greens candidate for Oxley, Arthur Bain and the committed team of volunteers.


Great reception for Arthur Bain, Greens candidate for Oxley at the Pappinbarra markets.

Locals are concerned about logging of Native Forests, particularly about the possibility of using "... residues in the North Coast’s sustainably managed forests and sawmills to power more than 200,000 local homes per year." (DPI 2017)

Also of concern was the balance between housing development and infrastructure, along with social justice issues - the need for more rehabilitation facilities and programs for drug addicts, instead of the expansion and privatisation of NSW Corrections facilities.

Many visitors to the stall expressed their pride in the students who went on strike last Friday to protest the government's inaction on Climate Change. Very proud of a local 12 year old who made the news this week ...

It gives me faith in the future to see such well informed young people - we hold their future in our hands.

Climate Action - Stop Adani Event in Bellingen December 1

A well attended Stop Adani Street Party in Bellingen again drew attention to the  climate damaging Adani Carmichael mine.

A similar event was held in Coffs Harbour.

Friday, 30 November 2018

The Guardian: Climate change is the biggest threat to our futures, not striking from school

"We are walking out for a day to send the Australian government a message: you can no longer pretend we are not here

"This month, hundreds of children are going on strike from school to demand urgent action on climate change. From rural Victoria to Townsville, we are walking out of school for a day or more to tell our politicians to listen to us and protect our futures."

Read The Guardian article

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

The Stop Adani Street Party is this Saturday, December 1

The Street Party is THIS Saturday!!!!
This is inline with another National date and also the Strike action by schools on 30th November

When: Saturday 1st December
Time: 10am-1pm
Where: Amelia Franklins Café (top of town)

Climate Action Kids' Strike - Kids should defy PM’s school lecture: Bandt

Students planning to participate in a national school strike this Friday calling for emergency action on climate change should ignore the Prime Minister’s hectoring Question Time speech, Greens Deputy Leader and climate and energy spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, said today.

Mr Bandt asked the Prime Minister if he would join the Greens in praising the students and if he would meet with some of the students when they come to Parliament this Wednesday. The Prime Minister’s response was an ignorant condescending lecture.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

TNDL: Adani won't affect emissions: Shorten

"Adani's proposed coal mine in Queensland would not worsen Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, according to (Australia's) federal Labor leader Bill Shorten.

When asked when there would be enough damage from climate change - such as harm to the Great Barrier Reef - to prompt Labor to block the mine, Mr Shorten said he didn't accept the proposition."

Read The Northern Daily Leader story