Hunter Valley landscape

Hunter Valley Field Trip

20 – 21st May 2013

The Hunter is at ‘the pointy end’ of the contradiction between our demand for energy and our desire for good health for humans and the environment.

The region, home to just over 600,000, is well known for its viticulture and winemaking industries, agriculture, tourism and horse breeding, as well as dairy and beef cattle farming.

It is also home to the world’s largest export facility for coal, and coal mining is the most significant economic activity in the Valley. There are a large number of proposals lodged to expand mining operations in the Hunter Valley as well as a proposed fourth terminal – known as T4 – to ship coal out of the country.

Day 1 Sydney to Pokolbin

Meet with representatives from several community groups. Observe mines in the region. Overview from John Hepburn of the Sunrise Project.

Day 2 Towns surrounding Pokolbin

Meet individuals and community groups facing a variety of issues including air and water pollution.

Travel to Broke and Jerry’s Plains in the morning, and hear from representatives of thoroughbred industry, wine growers, local residents and community groups on the impact the existing mines, and proposed mining expansion is having on their businesses, livelihoods and way of life.

Travel to Newcastle to meet with members of the Hunter Community Environment Centre (HCEC) who will take us on a tour of the current port and proposed T4 port location.