Rising Tide 7 win! Giants’ compo claim fails on technicality

Statement from Rising Tide 7: Magistrate Elaine Truscott has today (March 3rd) dismissed a $525,000 victims compensation claim brought against 7 climate change protesters on behalf of Port Waratah Coal Services in Newcastle Local court. We are relieved that the claim was rejected but have our concerns that the Magistrate’s decision was based on insufficient evidence, rather than rejecting it as an abuse of NSW Victims Compensation laws.


Activist brings offshore gas tug to a halt

A local activist has prevented the tug supplying the controversial offshore gas drilling rig from leaving the Port of Newcastle by attaching himself inside the tug.

The Tour Maline, which is berthed at the T1 terminal at Honeysuckle, was preparing itself to send supplies to the Ocean Patriot for exploratory drilling for gas and other minerals 55km off the shore of Newcastle.

Rising Tide spokesperson Phillipa Parsons said that offshore gas and/or oil drilling was too risky and could destroy the marine and coastal environment.


Cessnock Council unanimously votes against coal seam gas

At the Cessnock Council Meeting on 6 October 2010, Councillor Dale Troy moved a rescission motion on part of the Cessnock LEP 2010 to put an amendment to exclude mining and extractive activities from the zone containing the vineyards.

This motion, seconded by Councillor James Ryan, welcomed by WAGE and the Hunter Valley Protection Alliance (HVPA) was supported without contest by the Council.


Hunter Valley Climate Camp 2010

Date and Time: 
Wed, 01/12/2010 - 9:00am to Sun, 05/12/2010 - 5:00pm
Lake Liddell Recreation Area. It’s located 15km east of Muswellbrook, about 1 ½ hours west of Newcastle and 3 hours NW of Sydney.

Sustainable community living and peaceful direct action targeting Australia's largest source of domestic emissions - Bayswater Power Station. If you’re concerned about the future and want to do something about it, Climate Camp is for you. If you’ve never been to a protest before or are a seasoned activist, join all kinds of concerned people in a well-supported, non-violent direct action camp near Bayswater Power Station in the Hunter Valley.


Climate change activists close Newcastle coal terminals, call for Gillard to act

Climate activists have closed down the three coal export terminals at Newcastle harbour, the world's largest coal export port, stopping all production and loading. "Urgent action against global warming is needed. We have been forced to make our dramatic protest today because the Federal government is failing to take any action." said Anika Dean from Rising Tide Newcastle.

Related: Mining Companies may seek victims compensation from climate activists


People’s Assembly in Canberra at the Opening of Parliament

Date and Time: 
Tue, 28/09/2010 -
11:30am to 1:30pm
Parliament House the grassy hill Canberra, Australia
Contact Name: 
Sue Bolton
Contact Phone: 
0413 377 978
Contact Email:

We are asking for you to join with us at a Peoples Assembly in Canberra at the opening of Parliament on Tuesday 28 September (2010).

We will assemble on the lawns outside Parliament House to call on the new Parliament to introduce humane refugee policies and stop using refugees as political footballs. Refugee groups are asked to bring banners with the key messages of the gathering as well as their own messages.

Walk Against Warming 2010

Date and Time: 
Sun, 15/08/2010 -
11:00am to 3:00pm
Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Launceston, Adelaide Perth, Darwin and many regional towns

We’re doing our bit on climate change. It's time to make our political leaders do theirs. This election join a Walk near you and help us convince our political leaders to: Walk with the people. Not the Big Polluters.

While our political leaders have been squabbling, the rest of us have been getting on with the business of dealing with climate change.

We're going green and clean. We're reducing our greenhouse pollution and recycling our waste. We're saving water and energy, and buying greenpower. And we're forming climate action groups - all across the country.