Download and sign the petition to the Legislative Assembly of NSW – please stop mining under Woronora Dam


In-principle approval for at least 10 longwall mines which are expected to pass below Woronora Reservoir has been granted.

Rob Stokes, the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, is currently considering whether to grant final approval for several of these to go ahead. We have been advised the decision is likely to be made early in 2020. Two of the mines under consideration, LW306 and 307, will run directly under Wororona Reservoir.

Whatever your political leanings or position on coal we believe this is a matter that goes beyond politics. Our water supply is simply too important to compromise.

Petitions in hard copy paper format can be presented for debate in the NSW Parliament — if they contain 10,000 signatures. Maintaining the integrity of our water supply is important – and should be given public consideration.

Please help us trigger this debate – and let other people know what is proposed. The mining under Woronora will go ahead if people do nothing to prevent it.

Download our Stop Mining Under Woronora Dam petition, print it out, read the instructions, and ask family and friends to sign.

Once completed, mail the petition to: 

Sutherland Environment Centre  

PO BOX 589,  Sutherland 1499,  NSW,  Australia

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The Woronora Dam catchment is classified as a ‘Special Area’ – permission is required to enter. Fines for entering without permission can be up to $44,000. The following photo was taken on one of the few occasions permission was granted. People are not normally allowed into the area in case they cause damage, or pollute the water.

This photo is of Waratah Rivulet, which is a significant tributary leading to Woronora dam. Here the streambed has cracked and compressive forces have caused upsidence where the creek bed bulges – a result of mining related subsidence. All surface flow has been lost.

(image: Julie Sheppard)
https://www.protectourwateralliance.org/damage-to-the-catchment

The Wororona ‘Special Area’ catchment is covered with larger rivulets, streams and swamps.  In the mine plan map below, the swamps are depicted in brown.  Swamps play a critical role in filtering and purifying our water.  The recent Independent Expert Panel Report into Mining in the Catchment has noted that damage to swamps from mining can be irreversible.  The Report states mining should not be allowed on the basis that remediating swamps is possible.  The mining company, Peabody, is currently working LW304. 

Below is a video of pool N, which was a 150m long permanent pool of water. It’s part of the Waratah Rivulet that flows into Woronora dam. It remained full during the 2006/7 millennium drought. This video was taken in 2014 when it drained dry due to cracks in the bedrock.

Pool N

This is pool N, once a permanent pool of water 150m long. It's part of the Waratah Rivulet that flows into Woronora dam. It remained full during the 2006/7 millennium drought. This video was taken in 2014 when it drained dry due to cracks in the bedrock.We now have over 2200 signatures on a petition opposing the proposed mines under Woronora dam. Over the last few days we have also been in contact with a number of local politicians. The good news is that so far we have been advised that Sutherland Shire Council is opposed to the mine extension and will be looking into the matter further.It is the State government who will be signing off on the mine however. Rob Stokes, the Minister for Planning, is the one who will ultimately make the decision, and there's no guarantee he will reject the proposal. Whatever your political leanings or position on coal we believe this is a matter that goes beyond politics. Our water security is simply too important to compromise. Petitions in hard copy paper format can be presented for debate in the NSW Parliament — if they contain 10,000 signatures. Maintaining the integrity of our water supply is important – and should be given public consideration.Please download and sign the petition – https://ssec.org.au/stop-woronora-mining-petitionThere is no guarantee we can stop it – but mining under Woronora Dam will go ahead if we do nothing.If you prefer, there are also various places around the Sutherland Shire where the petition can be signed. There are copies -In Cronulla, at — Anna's coffee shop, Shop around the Corner, Shop 6, Munro Park.- LOAF Sandwiches, 89 Cronulla stKirrawee -The Howling Forest Cafe, 165 Oak Rd, KirraweeGymea – – The Grate Cheese Company, 5/13-17 Gymea Bay Rd via, Warburton StSutherland –- 7th Heaven Café 4/41 Eton St, Sutherland NSW 2232Bundeena — The Bundeena Bowling Club- Charlies Gelato Factory, Shop 3, 96-98 Loftus St- The Driftwood Café- Bundeena NewsagencyMaianbar –- at the Maianbar Cafe.Woronora at — the Boatshed Cafe (131 Prince Edward Park Rd) and,- the Riverside Cafe (1/2 Prices Circuit).Stanwell Park – LOAF Kitchen at 91a Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Helensburgh –- Helensburgh Newsagency 123 Parkes St, HelensburghCorrimal –- Wollongong Pilates Studio ——————The Sutherland Shire Environment Centre is a small non-government organisation. We are not affiliated with any political party. We have limited resources. If you can provide help in any way in relation to the issue we would love to hear from you.The reason the proposed mine extension under Woronora dam has got as far as it has is because there was no political will to oppose it. There's so many people we've spoken to who had no idea this was happening in their own backyard.As yet Lee Evans, the Member for Heathcote, has made no statement about the issue.We are currently trying to arrange a meeting with him and other State government representatives in the area Mark Speakman and Eleni Petinos.Their contact details are included below if you want to raise your concern with them directly.In the meantime, please sign the petition if you can, and let other people know what is proposed. Our water security is just too important to let this mine proceed. Please get in contact with us if you can do anything to help.The HonRob Stokes, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, and Member for Pittwater 9999 3599https://nsw.liberal.org.au/candidates/Rob-Stokes/ContactThe Hon Lee Evans MP Member for Heathcote 9548 0144https://www.leeevansheathcote.com.au/contact/The Hon Eleni Petinos MP Member for Miranda 9525 6378https://nsw.liberal.org.au/candidates/Eleni-Petinos/ContactThe Hon. Mark Speakman, SC MP – Attorney General and Member for Cronulla 9527 1477https://www.markspeakman.com.au/contact-markVideo courtesy of Professor Stuart Khan* please everyone if you share this post tick the 'include original post' option, or you will only share the video…

Posted by Sutherland Shire Environment Centre on Monday, August 19, 2019

If the water reemerges from these cracks in the bedrock it can be leached through with chemical contaminants including iron, aluminium and manganese, lithium, strontium, barium, titanium, zinc and nickel.  Whether such contaminants are accumulating on the floor of the Woronora reservoir is unknown. A recent report with data, obtained by the ABC under freedom of information law, has found samples from Cataract and Cordeaux dams have exceeded acceptable limits more than 90 times in three years: ‘Shocking’ metallic sludge contaminating Sydney dams that supply drinking water

Eastern Tributary of the Waratah Rivulet July 2019, depicted below, showing heavy iron oxidising bacteria growth and iron oxyhydroxide floc contamination.
Water in this area is supposed to be pristine, and the water clean, filtered through natural streams and swamps – the water has changed to this rust colour because it drained underground through cracks caused by subsidence from longwall mining, and has come out again contaminated.
This water all runs directly toward Woronora dam.

Eastern Tributary 2019 Woronora Catchment

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