Coal mining, the impacts: Sutherland Shire Environment Centre AGM 2022

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Ian Wright will be our guest speaker at this year’s Sutherland Shire Environment Centre AGM. Ian is a lecturer at Western Sydney University, and a recognised expert in the field of freshwater ecology, water quality, water policy and the science and management of water pollution. He has a long-standing research interest in the impact of coal mining activities on streams and rivers.

Dr Wright was also one of the team who was allowed to visit Woronora Reservoir in 2019, and he saw first hand the damage from the mining operation there.

After Ian’s talk there’ll be a screening of the 25min documentary Mining in the Blue Mountains, followed by a Q&A.

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picnic for nature

Picnic for Nature, Sunday, 16 October

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre is teaming up with the Nature Conservation Council to support a Statewide Picnic for Nature!
Our picnic is being held at Fig Tree Flat at Audley in the Royal National Park, and this will be a great opportunity for our members to catch up. Everyone is welcome, so if you are keen this is a good chance to find out more about our campaigns and advocacy.
We’d like to continue to build a community which supports better environmental outcomes and a sustainable future for all of us.

If you’re up for some exciting nature encounters you’re also welcome to join our respected local field ornithologist and nature educator Ricki Coughlan for a bird watching tour along beautiful Lady Carrington Drive.

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Our Campaigns

About Sutherland Shire Environment Centre

We are an independent, not-for-profit, community organisation actively involved in a wide range of projects aimed at maintaining the natural beauty and character of our Shire, and surrounding waterways and parks. For a small organisation we do a lot, but our Centre is run by volunteers.  Sutherland Shire would not have an environment centre, and none of our campaigns or advocacy would be possible without the commitment and care of members of the community.

One current focus includes advocating for koala and wildlife corridors around the Shire. Another campaign seeks to protect our water supply from the coal mining taking place directly underneath Woronora Reservoir: 10,700 people signed our recent petition calling for the mining to be stopped.
Our members from the SO Shire group aim to halt pollution from plastic and microplastics washing up around our beaches and waterways.

Our Sunny Shire and Plastic Free Sutherland Shire groups can provide general advice about solar energy, batteries, and sustainable practices.  We support environmental education programs, and put in a range of submissions about issues of environmental concern.

If you are interested in finding out more, or helping, please get in touch!

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Land, the Dharawal people, who have cared and continue to care for country.  We recognise that Aboriginal Sovereignty has never been ceded.  It is our goal to build restorative relations between peoples, and we pay our respect to their elders past, present, and emerging.