Vote to cap coal exports

Issue 

Newcastle City Council voted on November 7 to recommend that the NSW government cap coal exports through the Port of Newcastle at present levels. Greens councillor Michael Osborne moved the motion, which was supported by Labor councillors.

The motion also recommended that the government hold an inquiry into the "environmental, social and economic sustainability of the current coal industry and proposed expansion of the Hunter Valley coal industry", and initiate "a moratorium on new mines at Anvill Hill and elsewhere in the Hunter Valley and Gunnedah Basin". It called for a mandatory renewable energy target of 25% by 2020 and a levy on the coal industry to fund the transition to more sustainable energy sources. Finally, it called on the NSW government to build a more efficient public transport system in the Hunter.

UPCOMING EVENT

IN CONVERSATION WITH BRUCE PASCOE: The Climate Emergency & Indigenous Land Practice

SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER ♦ 4PM ACT, NSW, TAS & VIC ♦ 3:30PM SA ♦ 3PM Qld ♦ 2:30PM NT ♦ 1PM WA

Zoom panel featuring Bunurong man Bruce Pascoe, award-winning Australian writer and editor, author of Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?

Also featuring agroecologist Alan Broughton, filmmaker & Rural Fire Service volunteer Robynne Murphy and City of Moreland councillor Sue Bolton.

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