Protect Randwick’s Drinking Water by stopping Coal Seam Gas (CSG) activity in the Sydney Drinking Water Catchment Area – Nov 18th 2013

Greens Councillor Murray Matson is putting a motion to next week’s Randwick Council meeting drawing attention to the threat posed to resident’s drinking water by coal seam gas mining and exploration in the Sydney catchments.

He has also praised the creation of a new umbrella group of anti CSG groups in Sydney. He said,

Politicians at both the State and Council level should recognise and support the newly formed ‘Protect Sydney’s Water’ group, which is the alliance of more than 50 groups across Sydney Basin working together to protect the water catchments from destructive mining.”

Ms Isabel McIntosh recently had an article in the South Sydney Herald this month covering the creation of the new umbrella group.

She says,

“It’s an upside down world when mining companies get an open door to go into pristine wilderness areas to crack creek beds, damage underground aquifers and destroy swamps.

Ms McIntosh also drew attention to a video that shows “what’s happening in Sydney Drinking Water Catchments, every day, causing subsidence, damaging swamps, draining creeks, polluting rivers, cracking creeks.”


That Council:

(a)    Calls on the NSW Government to prohibit coal seam gas mining in the Sydney Drinking Water Catchment Area via the expansion of the Mining SEPP Amendment (3 October 2013) to include the Sydney Drinking Water Catchment Area as a designated ‘exclusion zone’; and

(b)   Resolves as a matter of urgency to write to the Premier, the Hon Barry O’Farrell, the Minister for Energy & Resources, The Hon. Chris Hartcher, the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon John Robertson, and the respective representatives of the Opposition, the Greens, the Shooters & Fishers Party and the Christian Democrats, expressing the concerns and calls articulated in this motion.


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