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Wollombi update - 21 May 2010

Date: 21-May-10
Author: Peter Firminger
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Hi folks,

Lots of stuff happening around the place (and Wollombi Valley Online has 349 members! Thanks for your support).

One of the big things facing us is the Planning Minister Tony Kelly proposing replacing the Council with an independant Planning Panel. This does not mean the planners are sacked (as desirable as that may be), they remain. It means that the elected Councillors don't get to approve or question Development Applications. Representatives of the Sydney (State) Government take this role with NO local knowledge and this takes away your access to discuss and lobby your elected councillors on these matters. It means the Sydney Government gets what it wants in the Cessnock LGA and you - as a rate payer - have no say.

It's bad - very bad.

So, on Monday evening there is a meeting at CPAC at which Sylvia Hale MLC (among others and not just the Greens) will speak. I urge you to attend:

Cessnock Planning Threat Rally
Date: Monday 24-May-10 at 6:30 pm
Members of the Cessnock community along with Coalition and Greens representatives will rally at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Monday evening to oppose the NSW Planning Minister - Tony Kelly's proposal to strip planning powers from Cessnock City Council.


There is a lot more going on with the Sydney Government taking away the rights of landholders. Some of you may remember the Caroona (Liverpool Plains) victory in the Supreme Court a while back. Well the State Labor Party and the Coalition passed a bill in the upper house that overturns that decision so they can keep raping the land for coal and methane against the wishes of the owners of the land. See story here

An example of this is beautifully illustrated in a documentary about Gloucester. We have embedded the 4 parts of the 17 minute video together here. Please take a look. I don't have a clue how we can help... writing to the Sydney Government is a waste of time.

Also, please support our brothers and sisters in Queensland by reading the story and taking the poll on this Toowoomba Chronical story about Coal Seam Gas calling for a moratorium on coal seam gas exploration and production in the area.


In other local news

It is coming up to that time of year when the Laguna Public School Art Show committee send out entry forms to all of the Wollombi Valley's talented artists. Details here

If you have always wanted to dabble in filmmaking then Valley Artists can help you! Valley Artists are holding a film making workshop on 16, 17, 18th  July, 2010. Details here

It you're on FaceBook (and you're not getting caught up in all the rubbish about FaceBook safety - don't get me started on stupid people... shut up Peter no-one cares), please consider joining the following groups and pages.

Last Chance


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