Mining and Gas

Opposition to mining and gas extraction in NSW is growing as the industry expands and its impacts are better understood.

NSW residents are watching new mining and gas extraction projects being approved at an increasing rate across the state, and are increasingly confronted with threats to water quality and availability, air quality, health, food production and other productive industries. Mining creates permanent, destructive changes to natural systems, contributing to significant levels of vegetation clearing, land degradation, biodiversity fragmentation, loss of groundwater‐dependent ecosystems and the break down of communities.

Expansion of coal mining and exploration for coal seam gas (CSG) are limiting safe and sustainable jobs and reducing revenue from other more sustainable industries. The short‐term profits and state revenue delivered from mining does not justify the harm to natural resources and ecosystems that provide essential services to our growing communities, such as safe clean drinking water and productive agricultural land.

Our Land. Our Water. Our Future.

Premier Barry O'Farrell made you a promise he would rule out mining in water catchments and protect farmland and our special wild places from the destructive impacts of coal and coal seam gas. He has failed on both accounts.

Nowhere seems safe from the expansion of coal and gas.

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Icons Under Threat Film

The destructive expansion of coal and coal seam gas in NSW is threatening iconic natural areas that sustain endangered wildlife, provide clean drinking water and are highly treasured by regional communities.

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Stop the O'Farrell government placing mining above communities

Stop the O'Farrell government placing the mining industry above communities.


The O'Farrell government has announced frightening changes to the way coal mines can be approved across NSW, once again putting the interests of the mining industry ahead of the health of local communities.

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Stop Coal Mining in Water Catchments!


In 2009, a strong local campaign to protect the Central Coast’s drinking water supply from coal mining prompted then Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell to offer this personal promise:

“The next Liberal-National government will ensure that mining cannot occur … in any water catchment area … no ifs, no buts, a guarantee.”

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MAP: Coal and coal seam gas expansion in NSW

View the NSW coal mining and coal seam gas expansion map here.

The coal mining and coal seam gas (CSG) industries in NSW are expanding at an unprecedented rate, threatening public health, clean air and water, productive farmlands and native wildlife.

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Icons under threat tour: exposing the true cost of mining

The Nature Conservation Council launched its Icons Under Threat Tour in Newcastle on 15 April, by unveiling a report that details how mining and gas companies exaggerate the economic gains and gloss over the environmental and health costs of major projects to gain development approvals.

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Have your say on new CSG regulations!


This week polling commissioned by Fairfax has revealed that 75 percent of NSW residents, across political parties, oppose coal seam gas (CSG) development on agricultural land.  

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Protect our land water and wildlife from mining and gas!


The NSW Cabinet voted to prohibit new coal seam gas activities within two kilometres of residential areas and sensitive rural industries.  

This is an important step in the right direction. Thanks to thousands of people like you who have called for the protection of local communities from this polluting, high-risk industry, the O’Farrell Government is starting to listen.

But the threat to our land, water and wildlife is far from over. 

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