Bridging the Divide promotes better understanding, clearer communication, and stronger social ties between urban-based and regional / rural-based Australians. We aim to establish and maintain long-term communication and support networks linking rural-, regional- and urban-based Australians around issues of health and social justice, as we believe that that bridging the urban-rural divide at grassroots level is an urgent requirement for a sustainable Australia. Our activities include fact-finding city-country bus tours and networking events; facilitation of independent health and environmental monitoring in rural and regional areas; and rban-rural communication and social activities.
Bridging the Divide
Whether you’re already passionate about bringing the bush and the ‘burbs closer together, or simply want to follow us for a while to find out more, we offer a level of involvement to suit most interests and schedules, including: a mailing list, membership, tours and events, surveys and volunteer opportunities.
Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association
As the name suggests the purpose of the Bulga Milbrodal Progress Association is to improve local facilities and the environment for the residents and visitors. We now find ourselves pitted against a huge multinational mining company, Rio Tinto and a complicet NSW State Government. After two High Court decisions in Bulga's favour we now find the planning laws have been changed in favour of BIG COAL. Local residents are faced with polluted air and water, ill health due to excessive levels of dust, noise, vibration and stress. Our properties are unsaleable! If these mine expansions are approved our village and the world unique and precious Warkworth Sands Woodland (WSW) will be destroyed.We have 5 weeks to act.
We require qualified people to undertake a fauna survey of the WSW. Contact the NSW Planning Minister Pru Goward and the Premier Mike Baird to protest the changes made to the State Environmental Planning Policy and to reinstate a community's right to a merit based appeal of a decision of the Planning Assessment Commission. Submit an objection to the proposed development.
http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/page/development-categories/min... Please google "the town that wouldnt disappear" or go to savebulga.org.au. Follow us on twitter @Bulgalives or @riotintosucknews or @Bulgabugle facebook: bmpa. My contact is email@example.com or 0405555901. Please help us fight these greedy and corrupt people! Sincerely yours, Robert McLaughlin for the BMPA.
We are environmental, social justice and health advocates who are concerned about coal’s heavy toll on human health, our natural environment and the planet’s climate. We come from around the world – from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States – and together we share a vision of a sustainable future powered by clean renewable energy delivered by the sun, the wind, the oceans and the heat from the core of our earth. We developed this site to provide a resource for local communities, activists, students and researchers who would like to learn more about why coal is not the solution to the world’s energy needs and how you can work to stop the expansion of coal and promote better alternatives for meeting energy needs.
Use our resources and reports to support your own campaign, sign up to End Coal's mail list to stay up to date, take part in actions listed on the website and get in touch to become more involved.
Environs Kimberley or EK is the peak conservation organisation for the Kimberley region, one of the world’s last wilderness areas. Our natural habitats are facing unprecedented threats from too frequent fires, feral animals, weeds, broadscale land-clearing, dams and encroaching industrial development. Native mammals are disappearing. Through its West Kimberley Nature Project, EK is working with Aboriginal ranger groups to better manage the threats to the region. Miners are exploring 25,000 km² for coal, over 120,000 km² for shale gas, that would be extracted by ‘fracking’, and more than 10,000 km² for bauxite. (Sydney’s urban area covers 1687 km²). The region is also facing exploration for oil, iron ore, copper, diamonds, rare earths, lead, zinc and uranium.
To get involved, become a member and receive invites to events and updates on how you can be actively involved in campaigns.
If it is wrong to wreck the climate, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage. We believe that educational and religious institutions, city and state governments, and other institutions that serve the public good should divest from fossil fuels. We want institutions to immediately freeze any new investment in fossil fuel companies, and divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years. Fossil Free, a campaign run by 350.org are supporting local collectives to run campaigns at their universities and other institutions across the globe.
There are local groups in WA, NT, Vic, NSW and the ACT. (The Australian Student Environment Network have also started the Lock the Campus campaign to make our universities fossil free.) Take a look at the Fossil Free website to see if there's a campaign on your campus or institution, join in or start your own. Contact ASEN or check out the Lock the Campus campaign for local support.
Front Line Action on Coal
FLAC is committed to community-led, non-violent direct action (NVDA). As part of a strategy to achieve climate justice and create meaningful change in the world, we take action to directly disrupt the status quo. Using our collective power to bring attention to and highlight injustices, we are on the frontlines of transforming the way we relate to our world and each other. We also aim to support community and grassroots groups on the front line of dangerous fossil fuel development and expansions, through solidarity, training and resources.
FLAC has been peacefully obstructing constructions works for the Adani coal mine in central Queensland since works began. Now the mine is approved, we need you now to stop the construction.
Great Australian Bight Alliance
Five years on and the costs of BP’s disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill continue to emerge. It was the worst in history - devastating marine life, fisheries, tourism and local communities. Now BP are pushing to drill the Great Australian Bight this year in waters far rougher than the Gulf of Mexico. They will be the first of a wave of oil companies looking to expand the fossil fuel industry into the Bight, placing the pristine marine environment at risk.
Fill in the online form to volunteer and become a champion for the Great Australian Bight. Environment groups, become an alliance partner. And stay in touch for lots of events and actions to protect the Bight.
Kakadu Liberation Front
The KLF are working to shut down Ranger uranium mine which sits inside the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park on Indigenous sacred land. On 29 April 2013, environmental regulators for the office of the supervising scientist admitted to a senate estimates committee that water with uranium concentrations 5400 times background levels and a cocktail of other radionuclides are seeping from beneath the tailings dam at the Ranger Uranium Mine in Kakadu. In recent years we've seen variations to the uranium miner ERA's authorisation to allow them to process lower grade material. This increased production has been accompanied by successive approvals to open up more areas of surrounding bush for Land Application. This involves spraying contaminated water on to surrounding bush land to dilute the pollution. We've also witnessed an application by the miner to extend the height of their leaking tailings dam to the maximum permissible level, and a further pending application to operate with their wastes higher than ever before.
Keep up to date with Kakadu news and actions through our facebook page and sign the petition to close down Ranger and clean up the contaminated land.
Lock the Gate Alliance
Lock The Gate Alliance is a national coalition of community groups from across Australia who are uniting to protect our common heritage - our land, water and future - from reckless coal and gas expansions. In a David-and-Goliath struggler of farmers against mining giants, everyday citizens against global corporations, our communities are choosing grace under fire and displaying incredible courage, integrity and imagination. Join us to become part of this inspiring social movement.
Join landholders all over the nation by locking your gate to coal seam gas and coal mining. A sign on your gate clearly shows that you do not give permission for coal seam gas and mining companies to enter your property. Approach your council and ask them to oppose the approval or renewal of unconventional gas licences (see the list of councils who have already done this on our site). Find the closest Lock the Gate group near you or start your own group.
Moorabool Environment Group
The Moorabool Shire has a population of around 27,000 people and includes the towns of Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and 40 other small communities. The biggest issue facing MEG and the Moorabool community is the brown coal exploration license held by Mantle Mining that includes plans to establish a 1 to 2 billion tonne open cut brown coal mine in Bacchus Marsh. Check out our fantastic 5 minute documentary on some of this issues we are facing. Other activities we create and participate in include: providing the community with information on home harvest, solar power, and impacts of coal mining on health; running local produce dinners and gardening workshops and monthly produce swaps; and tree planting with friends groups.
Come along to a MEG monthly meeting (dates are in the calendar on our website) to get involved in the campaign to stop the Mantle Mining coal mine or join our mailing list to keep up to date about MEG activities and public forums.
Nuclear Operations Watch Port Adelaide
NOW PA is a coalition of several groups interested in keeping people informed on nuclear activities in the Port Adelaide area, especially the transport of uranium oxide 'yellowcake' through the Port. The coalition includes: Port Adelaide Resident’s Environment Protection Group, Communist Party Of Australia, Friends of the Earth Adelaide, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
Check out our website for the latest updates on the activities of the nuclear industry in Port Adelaide. Join us in actions to raise awareness. Send us an email to get involved.
Quit Coal is a collective campaigning against the expansion of the coal Building new coal infrastructure means many more decades of dirty, old technology, when we should be moving towards clean, renewable energy. We use a range of tactics to let the broader Victorian community know about plans for new coal projects in Victoria, and pressure our government to stop investing in them. We focus on being strategic, creative, and as much as possible, fun! We hold rallies and public forums, do outreach at festivals and community events, lobby politicians, and speak to the media. We also take peaceful direct action – from creative street theatre to office occupations, and many things in between.
We are a volunteer run collective that is committed to non-violence. We are a rapidly growing, open and inclusive community group. Come to a meeting or
contact us to get involved.
Save Lake Cowal
Australia’s Lake Cowal, the Sacred Heartland of the Wiradjuri Aboriginal Nation, is the largest inland lake in New South Wales. A wetland of national and international significance, the lake also provides habitat for many threatened species and birds listed under the International Convention on Wetlands (the Ramsar Convention). For over seven years, a community campaign has focused public attention on the cultural and ecological significance of Lake Cowal in efforts to protect if from further damage caused by mining. The area surrounding the lake is rich in minerals - especially gold - and is currently being mined by Barrick Gold. Australian organisations supporting the campaign include the Mooka and Kalara Traditional Owners within the Wiradjuri Nation and an alliance of more than 21 Australian and 40 international groups.
Keep up to date with the campaign and Barrick's activites around the world through the campaign facebook page and the Canadian site www.protestbarrick.net.
Save the Kimberley
Save the Kimberley is a 100% volunteer run group made up of a diverse and passionate individuals – traditional custodians, local Kimberley community, and other committed Australians: we are business owners, administrators, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians and media professionals. Save The Kimberley was established in order to: educate the Australian and international community about the threat to the Kimberley Coast and its inland wilderness areas posed by large-scale industrial developments, disseminate information about the Kimberley’s globally unique cultural importance and the threats created by uncontrolled development and engage support to ensure that the Kimberley is protected.
In 2013 development of a gas hub at James Price Point on the Kimberley coast was halted thanks to a massive national and international community campaign. Join our mail list to keep an eye on what's happening next and be ready to stop any further inappropriate development of the Kimberley wilderness.
Adani's mega coal mine will fuel global warming, permanently damage the Great Barrier Reef, trash Aboriginal land and steal our water supplies. This is a massive campaign to stop the biggest coal mine in Australia, people from all states are taking part in all kinds of tactics to make sure the mine doesn't go ahead including shifting the politics, building a grassroots movement and diverting funding from the mine.
Join your local Stop Adani group or start your own. We'll give you all the information and support you need through our Action Station. Sign up to our list and join in local events and global protest.
On August 4th 2011 Australian company Lynas Corporation officially opened its Mt Weld rare earth mine in Western Australia. Lynas wants to export 33,000 tonnes per annum of rare earth concentrates through the port of Fremantle in Western Australia to the port of Kuantan in Malaysia to their polluting, energy intensive an highly controversial processing plant, the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP). The LAMP is scheduled to start operations by the end of 2011 but it is being vehemently opposed by thousands of people in Malaysia.
In light of a New York Times article Kuantan residents were awakened to the fact that their government had given the green-light to a project against their consent. Kuantan residents and supporters – ordinary citizens from diverse professions, race and religious backgrounds – started a movement to protest both the Malaysian government and Lynas Corporation. In spite of the risks and massive opposition, the Malaysian government had agreed to host the plant offering Lynas a speedy process and a 12-year tax holiday.
Join the Australian Stop Lynas Facebook group to stay up to date. If you live in Perth consider taking direct action if Lynas Corporation begins the transportation and shipment of rare earth concentrate to Malaysia. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. Let us know what your capacity is, what you might be able to contribute to the campaign big or small.
Walkatjurra Walkabout – Walking for Country, an annual month long walk from Yeelirrie to Leonora in WA, is a celebration of Wangkatja country, a testament to the strength of the community who have fought to stop uranium mining at Yeelirrie for over forty years, and a chance to come together to continue share our commitment to a sustainable future without nuclear. It is a chance to reconnect with the land, and to revive the tradition of walking for country. The walk is lead by the Walkatjurra Rangers, in partnership with Footprints for Peace, Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA), the Anti Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia (ANAWA) and the Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA).
Join the walk for a once in a life time experience or support the walk by contributing camp supplies or donating.
Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance
WANFA, formed out of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance meeting in September 2009 is made up of Aboriginal Traditional Land Owners and their allies who are concerned about uranium mining on their country in Western Australia, from the Pilbara, the Kimberley, the Goldfields, the Great Victorian Desert, the Central Desert, the Gascoyne, Perth and the South West. WANFA demands that the government and industry respect the basic human rights of Aboriginal peoples and adhere to the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, respecting our right to self-determination and engaging with Aboriginal peoples within the framework of the principle of free, prior and informed consent. Current campaigns include opposing a national nuclear waste dump and protecting WA's biggest national park (Kintyre) from uranium mining.
Get in touch with WANFA to join the campaign, stay up to date with protests and actions online, or get involved with the WANFA Roadshow that travels to remote communities to provide information about the uranium industry.