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

24 September, 2022 , 11:45 pm 25 September, 2022 , 2:45 am AEST

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Ian Wright will be our guest speaker at this year’s Sutherland Shire Environment Centre AGM. It’ll also be good to meet in person this year!

Dr Wright 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 is one of the team who was allowed to visit Woronora Reservoir in 2019. He saw first hand the damage from the mining operation taking place there. More recently he’s investigated coal mine pollution in our Royal National Park.

Ian has a long-standing research interest in the impact of coal mining activities on streams and rivers. Another longstanding research program he has been involved with concerns coal mining in the Blue Mountains. After Ian’s talk there’ll be a screening of a 25min film Mining in the Blue Mountains.

Members of the general public are not generally aware of the extent to which coal mining has been allowed to damage pristine wilderness.  Yet for more than 40 years, the Canyon Colliery coal mine discharged poorly treated wastewater directly into the Wollangambe River, which flows through the heart of the Blue Mountains World Heritage area. What is shocking is that the pollution became worse after the mine closed.

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A.

All are welcome to attend.

RSVPs would be much appreciated: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sutherland-shire-environment-centre-agm-2022-coal-mining-the-impacts-tickets-400579462957

749 Old Princes Highway
Sutherland, NSW 2232 Australia


As part of our general AGM business which will commence at 3.30pm after the film screening we will be announcing the recipient of this year’s Bill Ryan Activism Award, and the winners of the 2022 RD Walshe Writing For the Environment Prize. The topic for the Writing Award this year: Peace and sustainability. Over 120 people submitted entries: so many brilliant stories ❤️


If you’re not currently a member of Sutherland Shire Environment Centre, we encourage you to join online. Membership is only $20 per year, $10 for concessions.

We’d welcome your support. Our members allow us to increase the effectiveness of our advocacy on behalf of the environment, and a more sustainable future.


* New memberships and membership renewals prior to the AGM can be made online, or by completing and returning the SSEC membership form.

* For members who cannot attend the AGM and wish to nominate a proxy to vote on their behalf, download and fill in the proxy form.

* For nominations to a Board position download and fill in the nomination form.

Please send completed Membership, Proxy and nominations forms to: The Secretary, Sutherland Shire Environment Centre, PO BOX 589, Sutherland NSW 1499, or by email to office@ssec.org.au. The forms need to be returned at least 48 hours prior to the Annual General Meeting.



* You can download the 2021 AGM minutes here.


Dr Wright has previously worked as a scientist in the urban water industry, mainly with at Sydney Water. The Environmental Defenders Office has engaged him as a specialist consultant, and he has separately provided independent expert testimony on environmental science matters for the NSW Land & Environment Court.

Ian won first place in the UWS Research Impact Competition in 2016, and People’s Choice awards for his scientific and community work to alleviate the lasting effects of coalmines in Sydney’s rivers.