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Government buys out Shenhua coal, curbs Dartbrook and opens up Wollar

Government buys out Shenhua coal, curbs Dartbrook and opens up Wollar

The Berejiklian government shifts gears on coal, paying $100 million to extinguish one mining lease as it put curbs on a mothballed mine and opens up more land near Mudgee.

  • by Peter Hannam

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Farmers demand future coal and gas mine ban after Shenhua buyout

Farmers demand future coal and gas mine ban after Shenhua buyout

The Berejiklian government has announced that it’s paying $100 million for a Chinese company to exit its coal mine lease on the Liverpool Plains.

  • by Peter Hannam
Shenhua set to walk away from Watermark coal mine with taxpayer payout
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Shenhua set to walk away from Watermark coal mine with taxpayer payout

The Berejiklian government plans to buy out the remaining licence for a proposed coal mine planned for rich farmland on the Liverpool Plains, ending a 13-year-long saga.

  • by Peter Hannam
Call for pantomime of coal politics to end in Upper Hunter

Call for pantomime of coal politics to end in Upper Hunter

There is much at stake at the Upper Hunter May 22 byelection with locals wanting “real talk” about what to do once coal is no longer king.

  • by Peter Hannam
Sydney desalination plant churning out water even as dams remain full
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Sydney desalination plant churning out water even as dams remain full

As experts debate preparedness for future deluges it is revealed a year’s worth of water gushed from Sydney’s main dam each day during the height of the floods.

  • by Peter Hannam
Green groups blast Barilaro’s ‘cherry-picking’ Hunter pollution claim

Green groups blast Barilaro’s ‘cherry-picking’ Hunter pollution claim

Environmental groups say Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s claims that the government’s own pollution data for the region was being manipulated by mining opponents were “laughable”.

  • by Peter Hannam
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Royal Sydney Golf Club: Removal of trees will restore original coastal heathlands
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Royal Sydney Golf Club: Removal of trees will restore original coastal heathlands

The Royal Sydney Golf Club revised development application increases the number of trees, and makes a case for the re-wilding of about a quarter of its greens to allow more diversity of flora and fauna to return to the area.

  • by Julie Power
Turnbull calls for halt on new coal mines, inquiry on rehabilitation funds

Turnbull calls for halt on new coal mines, inquiry on rehabilitation funds

Deputy Premier and Nationals leader John Barilaro slammed Malcolm Turnbull’s comments, saying the government remained “firmly committed to the coal industry in NSW” and there would be no pause on coal mining approvals anywhere in the state.

  • by Peter Hannam
Used soup bowls and worn shorts among the joys of op-shopping

Used soup bowls and worn shorts among the joys of op-shopping

Second-hand clothing is a vote against fast fashion and a protest against the “buy more” marketing mantra.

  • by Cat Woods
‘Sinister stuff’: Worries remain over Moorebank’s toxic PFAS chemicals

‘Sinister stuff’: Worries remain over Moorebank’s toxic PFAS chemicals

Residents opposed to the development of one of Australia’s largest freight hubs say the site requires long-term monitoring and possible intervention to prevent toxic chemicals leaching into the nearby Georges River.

  • by Peter Hannam
Barrier Reef took a ‘hammering’ but most replanted corals are surviving

Barrier Reef took a ‘hammering’ but most replanted corals are surviving

About 25,000 new corals have been replanted on five reefs in the Great Barrier Reef network, with 85 per cent of them now growing.

  • by Tony Moore