Happy New Year from the team at the Hunter Community Environment Centre!
We trust that you had a safe and festive break and are feeling refreshed and ready to be part of a big and empowering 2015.Things are exciting here at the Hunter Community Environment Centre!
We have 2 new coordinators on board, John Mackenzie and Vanessa Wiebford, and have made a great start on our campaign plan for the year ahead.
To kick things off, we are holding our first volunteer meeting for the year next week, in collaboration with Lock the Gate. Come along and hear about our ideas for community health, climate and environmental repair in 2015, and bring along some of your own. You’ll leave inspired, trained up and geared up for a year of action.
Already we have a range of events scheduled for the next few months. More details on that below.
So, come along to our meeting, meet some like-minded individuals from all walks of life, have some supper and get involved, there really is something for everyone. Let us know you are coming by clicking here.
We look forward to seeing you.
The Team at the Hunter Community Environment Centre
Dates for your Calendar
Our first Coal Campaign Team Volunteer meeting
Thursday 5th of February
6pm, HCEC, 167 Parry Street, Hamilton EastThis will be the first of our fortnightly volunteer meetings, an activist alliance between the HCEC and Lock The Gate Alliance. Come along and take part in shaping the future of the Hunter Valley. This is the time to be involved. RSVP for this meeting here.
Coal Terminal Action Group Meeting
Thursday 12th of February
6pm, HCEC, 167 Parry Street, Hamilton East
T4 is the centrepiece of coal industry expansion in the Hunter. If it goes ahead, we lose farmland, water and food security, biodiversity, wetlands, clean air and a safe climate. This meeting will forge the next steps in stopping this dangerous project, once and for all. RSVP for the CTAG meeting here.
Bat Attack – An Incredible 6 Day Gathering
13th – 18th Feburary 2015.Building a creative resistance to defend habitat, climate and communities from coal expansion. Including all of the best music, skillshares, arts, and action. The Bat Attack will be in Maules Creek NSW on Gomeroi Country, also home to Australia’s first ever blockade camp on coal the #LeardBlockade against Whitehaven coal. Find our more at: frontlineaction.org
Life after the Boom: A New Economic Vision for Newcastle and the Hunter
Saturday 21st of February
1pm, Hunter Wetland Centre, 412 Sandgate Rd, ShortlandHCEC are working together with 350.org Australia to host a roundtable forum to bring together local leaders from industry, government, finance, the community sector, the union movement and the public in a meaningful discussion about what a low carbon economy would look like in the Newcastle and the Hunter, and the practical steps required to achieve it. Join us to hear from local experts in conversation with leading US economist Bob Massie, who will explore the regional opportunities to create a strong and stable economic future with a just transition that supports jobs, communities and our environment. RSVP for this event here.
Climate and Health Alliance Report Launch
25th – 27th of FebruaryHCEC is working with the Climate and Health Alliance (or CAHA) to launch a new and powerful report on the adverse impacts on physical and psychological health associated with coal mining, transportation and production. For the first time, this report quantifies the health costs associated with air pollution from coal sources in communities in the Hunter as well as the social costs of carbon associated with emissions produced from Hunter Valley coal. The report will be launched in the last week of February, with coal and health public forums held in the Hunter all that week, including:
25th Feb, 6pm – Muswellbrook Workers Club
26th Feb, 6pm – Singleton Diggers Club
27th Feb, 6pm – Newcastle
Claim the date now – more details to follow.
Coal Tour and camping trip
21st to 22nd of MarchWe are loading people onto a bus and heading out to the coal fields! Join us as we see first hand the scale of the destruction of our precious valley. We’ll have a tour, dinner, movies and camp over before heading back to Newcastle Sunday afternoon. Spaces are limited so please make your booking now. Register your interest here, and we’ll be in touch soon!
And don’t forget, the NSW State Election is on Saturday 28th of March.