Formation of the Coal-Ash Community Alliance

Early May saw the formation of the Coal-Ash Community Alliance, a group of concerned citizens wanting to address the pollution threats to land, water and people posed by the 60 million+ tonnes of coal-ash waste, lying toxic and dormant on the shores of Lake Macquarie.

CCA will host regular meetings to address the burden of coal-ash waste being placed on the communities around the lake, and those living in close proximity to coal-ash dumps and power stations.

FORUM: Preparing for Power Station Closure

The Hunter Community Environment Centre hosted community dinner and forum in Wangi, bringing together experts and community stakeholders to address the range of ecological, public health and economic hurdles presented by power station closure.

How can Lake Macquarie and the Central Coast manage and adapt to the imminent closure of Vales Point, 2028 and Eraring, 2032?

The speakers at the forum strived to answer this question with their collective knowlege;

Door-knocking!

The first weekend in October saw four volunteers door-knock Dora Creek, a suburb in closest proximity to the Eraring power station.  An attitudinal survey, which covered the approaching closure of the stations, coal-ash waste and its management and general pollution issues was taken from about 80 households. Information on coal-ash and ways to connect with the campaign war letterboxed or delivered. 
 

Eraring ash dump expansion

The proposal to expand the Eraring coal-ash dump saw the HCEC garner media attention on the coal-ash dump issue, in a Sydney Morning Herald article, penned by Peter Hannam exposing the hazards of ash dumps. Read it here.
 
We encouraged community members to logde objections to the proposal and made a detailed submission of our own which is summarised below:

Our Power to tour Newcastle and the Hunter

The HCEC collaborated with the directors of OUR POWER to host screenings in Morisset, Muswellbrook and Newcastle so the story and lessons learned by the La Trobe valley community can be shared with other communites facing coal-power station closure.

OUR POWER is a not-for-profit documentary film exposing the 45 day mine fire at the Hazelwood mine in Victoria, one of the most severe public health disasters in the history of the state, it triggered the closure of the power station which saw the La Trobe valley devestated economically.

Strategic planning

We hosted a strategy session in September, in concert with community members and devised the next steps. 

Stay tuned for a campaign update session in the coming weeks so you can be involved in the work to see coal-ash waste and heavy metal pollution addressed.