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NEWCASTLE COASTAL WATERS ARE NO PLACE FOR A GAS FIELD: GREENS

The Greens have used the first sitting day for the NSW Legislative Council to call on the NSW Government to oppose oil and gas development off the state’s coast. The Federal regulator recently gave the green light for Asset Energy to begin seismic exploration for oil and gas off Newcastle and the Central Coast. Seismic testing creates sonic underwater blasts that have been shown to impact on whales, other marine life and their habitat.

Seismic testing approval in potential clash with whale migration

Documents released yesterday regarding the seismic testing approved by the Federal regulator off the Newcastle Coastline show it risks clashing with the start of this year's whale migration, according to Greens NSW MP and Marine spokesperson Justin Field. The details were release overnight with the publication of the Environment Plan Summary and Statement of Reasons , coming a fortnight after the announcement of the approval.

NSW LIBERAL AND LABOR PARTIES MUST COME CLEAN ON DONATIONS FROM ALL POKIES-RELATED INTERESTS: GREENS

The NSW Greens are calling on the NSW Liberal and Labor parties to come clean on all political donations they receive from pokies-related interests following shocking allegations in Fairfax newspapers today.The story alleges hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from the pokie industry are kept secret from public scrutiny.  

Sound the alarm: new research warns of urgent need to monitor impact of seismic testing off Newcastle on fish, shellfish and crustaceans

The NSW Greens are calling on the Department of Primary Industries to partner with commercial fishers to conduct robust studies into the impacts of recently approved seismic testing off the coast of Newcastle on local fish, shellfish and crustaceans. The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority approved Asset Energy’s environmental plan for seismic testing for oil and gas in the waters off Newcastle in mid-December.

Sound the alarm: new research warns of urgent need to monitor impacts of seismic testing off Newcastle

The NSW Greens are calling on the Department of Primary Industries to partner with commercial fishers to conduct robust studies into the impacts of recently approved seismic testing off the coast of Newcastle on local fish, shellfish and crustaceans. The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority approved Asset Energy's environmental plan for seismic testing for oil and gas in the waters off Newcastle in mid-December.

NSW Premier should listen to community and own MPs and drop wasteful $2 billion stadium rebuild

The Greens have warned the Government is going against the tide of community opinion by pushing ahead with a $2 billion rebuild of stadiums, rather than investing in essential public services for the people of NSW. ABC has reported scathing comments made anonymously by Liberal/National MPs about the plan, including [1]:“It’s a f***ing disgrace”;“It’s political poison”; and“This will kill us”. A petition started by Peter Fitzsimons has gathered more than 62,000 signatures in less than 48 hours. Justin Field, Greens spokesperson on Sport and Finance, said Premier Gladys Berejiklian should listen to the umpire of community opinion and her own MPs and drop the wasteful stadium rebuild plan. “The Premier has misread the public mood if she thinks splurging billions on big sports stadiums is what the people of NSW want,” he said.  

New Matilda: An ivory tower plan to build ivory tower stadiums for the big end of town

The Berejiklian Government’s plan to tear down and rebuild two major sports stadiums in Sydney at a cost of $2 billion has hit a nerve across NSW, writes Justin Field. The decision has become a symbol of a State Government that has its priorities all wrong and the public are strongly expressing their displeasure. A public petition calling on the Premier to revisit the decision and direct at least half the money into community sport or essential public services has attracted more than 100,000 signatures in less than two days and there is no sign of the public mood shifting. Put aside the almost unfathomable question of why these stadiums, both less than 30-years-old, and one built less than two decades ago for the Sydney Olympics, already need replacing; the public response isn’t just about the need, the value for money or whether or not we should have new modern sports and big event infrastructure. It has struck a nerve that runs much deeper in the NSW community, a frustration that the NSW Coalition Government is serving someone’s needs, but it just isn’t ours.  

GREENS URGE NSW GOVERNMENT TO CUT THEIR LOSSES AND END INEFFECTIVE NORTH COAST SHARK NET TRIAL: NEW DATA

The NSW Greens are calling for an early end to the North Coast Shark Net Trial following the release today of data that again shows the ineffectiveness of the nets at catching target sharks. During the first five weeks of the Second NSW North Coast Shark Meshing Trial (period ending 31 December 2017): only one target shark caught, a bull shark; 54 marine creatures caught, with 24 dying in the nets; and 16 rays, a hawksbill turtle and a green turtle all perished in the nets. Justin Field, Greens MP and Marine Spokesperson, urged the NSW Government to heed the evidence of the first release of data from this trial and haul up the shark nets for good - on the North Coast and beyond. "This report is yet more evidence that the shark netting program in NSW does little to keep people safe in the water but takes a terrible toll on local marine life,” he said. "The Greens are calling on the NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair to abandon the shark net program on the NSW North Coast and across Sydney's beaches and to redirect those resources into more effective, non-lethal technologies.  

Plans to raise Warragamba Dam threaten one of NSW's wildest rivers in Blue Mountains National Park

The NSW Government’s plans to raise the Warragamba Dam wall by 14 metres will flood thousands of hectares of World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park and threaten the wild Kowmung River. Justin Field, NSW Greens MLC and spokesperson for Urban Water, recently visited and documented sections of the Kowmung at risk of ruin if the dam wall raising goes ahead. “It was a privilege to recently walk the banks of the Kowmung River and see first-hand its pristine beauty and significance as part of Sydney’s drinking water catchment,” he said. “The wild Kowmung has remained little changed for centuries, but government bureaucrats ticking a box can wipe it out overnight. “The precious, clear water of the Kowmung River flows straight into Sydney's drinking water supply and sustains the life of local native plants and animals. If the Warragamba dam wall is raised, the river banks will slump, beautiful and endangered trees will die and the soil and silt will run straight down into the dam. “We'll lose or damage the wild Kowmung and the animals and plants that call it home forever. “The tragedy is this scarring and destruction of the Kowmung and other world heritage and protected areas is unnecessary and avoidable. “The Greens want to see the $700 million expected cost for the dam wall raising redirected to water efficiency and stormwater management and the wild Kowmung protected for the future,” Mr Field said.

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