Protect Sydney’s Water

We have united with more than 50 campaign partners to Protect Sydney’s Water by ending destructive coal and gas development in the drinking-water catchment for Australia's largest city.

Coal mines are draining and polluting our drinking water

Underground coal mines in Sydney’s drinking water catchments are cracking and draining river beds, killing swamps that hold and filter water, and leaching contaminants such as manganese and iron into the water supply for 4.5 million people.

Coal mines in Sydney’s special catchment areas already drain about 3 billion litres a year from the water supply — enough water to fill 1,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools – and the problem is only getting worse.

The scale and impact of coal mining operations in the drinking water catchments has increased dramatically over the past decade, resulting in widespread and increasingly severe damage.

These activities have no place in our drinking water catchments. It is essential the government implement legally binding protections for our water catchments.

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Latest news


23 April, 2012


Federal tax breaks favour miners at expense of the environment

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW has welcomed additional funding for nature conservation and renewable energy in this year’s federal budget, but has condemned the government’s decision to continue multi-billion dollar tax breaks for the mining industry.

Coal and gas

23 April, 2012


Singleton takes its message to the City

Singleton residents are urged to join a rally on 1 May to protect residential and sensitive environmental areas from damage by coal mining and coal seam gas extraction.

Coal and gas

23 April, 2012


Putty takes its message to the city

The Putty Community Association is urging people to attend a rally in Sydney on 1 May to protect areas of high environmental value from the threat of coal mining and coal seam gas extraction.

Coal and gas


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