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Move the Carrington Coal Terminal - submissions due 28th February

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draft Greater Newcastle metropolitan plan has just been released by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

Thanks to the feedback from the local community a highlight of the plan is the inclusion of an investigation into relocating the Carrington coal stockpiles and loader away from residential areas (page 84).

The draft plan will examine options to revitalise this area.

'This presents an important opportunity for our community. Relocating the Carrington Coal Terminal and Stockpiles will:

  • Reduce coal dust pollution that is already at unacceptable levels
  • Stop the coal trains and the noise, dust, dieselfumes and traffic problems they cause for rail side suburbs from Carrington to Maitland
  • Create new opportunities for tourism, open space, light industrial or other export industries that are compatible with the residential area, schools and the proposed new cruise ship terminal
  • Consolidate coal exports at the Kooragang coal terminal Which is also owned by Port Waratah Coal Services who have 40% spare capacity.

We have until the 28th of February 2018 to have a say on the draft Greater Newcastle metropolitan plan.

Move the Carrington Coal Terminal. Let's make it happen!
Write your submission here, and the Tighes Hill Community Group will print them out and personally deliver them to the Department of Planning. To have the most impact please make sure to include your own thoughts in the submission: 

https://closet1.good.do/nomorecoaldustfornewcastle/nomorecoaldustfornewcastle/ 

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19 countries pledge to phase out coal

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A new alliance of 19 nations committed to quickly phasing out coal has been launched at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany. It was greeted as a “political watershed”, signalling the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that currently provides 40% of global electricity.

It's good to see there is climate leadership out there in the world. A big shame there is no buy-in from Australia or Asian nations yet, but let's hope it is contagious.

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Demand the Big Four banks ban coal!

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For more than four years, you’ve helped us pressure the Big Four Banks of Australia -- NAB, Commonwealth, ANZ and Westpac -- to ban investment in new coal, oil and gas and lead on climate change. Today NAB put forward a new sustainability policy. While the bank is stepping up its investments in the low carbon sector, it still leaves the door open to more investment in fossil fuels.

It's time. New coal investments must stop today. Please sign and share.

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Why the IPA's claim global warming is natural is 'junk science'

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Dr Benjamin Henley, of the University of Melbourne, has published several studies using proxy data to understand ancient climates. He says the paper should never have been published and should be withdrawn.

“The paper is seriously flawed and should be retracted by the journal,” Henley said, pointing out several serious issues with the way the data had been used.

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Replace Liddell With Clean Energy

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AGL is Australia’s biggest climate polluter.

But right now Malcolm Turnbull is pressuring AGL to keep the oldest, dirtiest power station in NSW burning coal for a decade to come. Unlike the government, AGL have a greenhouse plan and they know they have to shut down coal-fired power stations. They even gave the government seven years notice of their intentions to close Liddell and are finalising a plan to replace it with clean energy.

It’s time to help AGL stand up to the Government’s bullying.

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Big support for bulk-buy energy storage launch

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People power shines for bulk-buy energy storage program

The winds of change blew through Newcastle on Thursday night when the world’s largest coal port played host to Australia’s first bulk-buy of renewable home energy storage systems.

More than 600 people packed into Newcastle City Hall for the bulk-buy launch presented by program partners SunCrowd and Climate Action Newcastle.

The bulk-buy program allows early adopters to obtain new storage systems at greatly reduced prices.

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CAN hosts Pacific Island Young Leaders in Newcastle

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Pacific visitors bring home effects of climate change

Climate Action Newcastle members were proud to organise a dinner reception and tour of Newcastle and Hunter Valley for a delegation of Pacific Island Young Leaders from Tuvalu, Kiribati and Fiji 12-13 June. 

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