Picture this. It's 10am, Saturday March 16th. Hundreds of people have gathered in the park beside Customs House, Newcastle. Families, community groups and children. Together we declare our visions for Newcastle, the Hunter and NSW. We take to the street, waving colourful banners, walking to the beat. What a powerful way to communicate unified hope for a healthy and prosperous region. What a powerful way to communicate our opposition to the proposed 4th coal terminal.
That's our vision.
We're planning a rally for Saturday March 16th and hope you'll join us to make sure it's big, fun and high impact. You can help make the rally large and diverse by doing the following things:
- Put March 16th in your diary now and make sure you come along on the day! (it would be great if you could send us a quick email if you intend on coming along so we can keep track of numbers)
- Click here to make a donation to help us cover expenses associated with the rally (such as printing of promotional materials).
- Visit the Rally Event page on Facebook to RSVP and share it with your friends and family.
- Download and print posters and fliers here to spread the word throughout your community.
- Bring along friends, family and colleagues to the rally with a banner or placard to show your support for healthy communities.
About the T4 Campaign
State and Federal Governments are poised to give the green light to a massive new coal terminal in Newcastle, owned by PWCS. It would be the fourth in Newcastle.
If T4 goes ahead, it will mean:
- More coal dust. Coal stockpiles would total almost 10km in length and 20m in height. These uncovered coal stockpiles would be less than 2km from urban areas, and would radically increase the coal dust problem in Newcastle suburbs.
- More coal trains.47 full coal trains per day would be needed to deliver coal to T4 (more than 90 including the empty return trip). These trains would be uncovered, polluting towns and suburbs all through the Hunter with coal dust. These coal trains would also emit large volumes of diesel exhaust - a proven carcinogen - directly into suburban environments.
- More coal mines.You can't double coal exports without doubling coal mining. If T4 goes ahead, it would need about 22 average sized coal mines to supply the coal. Communities, waterways, farmland and bushland are already being ripped apart by coal mines. If T4 goes ahead, it will get a lot worse.
- Lost biodiversity.The proposed T4 site is part of the globally important Hunter Estuary, and shares a border with the Hunter Wetlands National Park. 21 threatened species are known to use the site. T4 would destroy critical habitat for globally migrating bird species, and could mean the regional extinction of the Green and Golden Bell Frog.
- More global warming.Global warming is happening faster than scientists ever thought possible, and coal is one of the main causes. The greenhouse pollution from coal shipped from T4, if it goes ahead, would be more than 300 million tonnes per year. That is more than every power station, and every vehicle in Australia, combined.