The Battle for Bulga

John Krey’s home near the tiny town of Bulga is just a few kilometers away from three of the largest open cut coal mines in the Hunter Valley: Mount Thorley Warkworth (owned by Rio Tinto), the Bulga mine (Glencore-Xtrata), and Wambo (Peabody Energy). Continue reading

Wendy's Camberwell

Wendy Bowman has been a farmer in the Hunter Valley region since 1957. She was forced off her previous farm, Ashton, by the Ravensworth South open cut coal mine by constant dust and water pollution from the mine. Her Droughtmaster cattle farm, Rosedale, is now in the sights of Yancoal. Continue reading

Grantley's story

Grantley Blake is a farmer whose family has owned Blakefield near Denman for more than a century. The farm is bordered by Mount Arthur mine to the north, Mangoola to the west, and a proposed underground coking coal project, Spur Hill, on the southern side. Continue reading

The impact of coal on people

Professor Nick Higginbotham has been researching the impacts of coal on people in the Hunter for over two decades. Nick Higginbotham is an Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle and has worked in the public health research group for 27 years. His research has involved looking at the impact of coal mining on the community and the social lives of people in the Hunter.  Continue reading