January delivered news of Asset Energy securing approval to conduct another round seismic testing off Newcastle’s coast, looking for oil and gas.

In response, the Stop Seismic Testing Newcastle campaign stirred up a chorus of community resistance and hosted four huge public gatherings, drawing members from an impressive cross-section of the community, including local and state government representatives.

The likes of local Indigenous leader Uncle Bill, environmentalist and politician Bob Brown and Newcastle Council’s John McKenzie all lent their voices to what has been a vibrant community led journey to protect our oceans and local industry.

Hundreds locals have turned out each time to demonstrate their commitment to protecting our pristine coast from the threats of seismic testing and offshore gas.

The SSTN campaign paved the way for an incredibly successful Hands Across the Sand gathering - an international day of action in favour of clean oceans and investment in renewable energy.


The Hunter Community Environment Centre will host a stategy session to devise a long-term approach to the threat of offshore gas on Thursday June 7th, 5:30 - 7pm.