No New Coal Mines in Tasmania

NNCM-logo.pngTasmania is a renewable energy powerhouse, but the state government is taking Tasmania backwards.

It recently gave a grant of $50,000 of taxpayers' money to a Western Australian company to explore for coal deposits in Tasmania's Southern Midlands. 

Australia Institute research shows this project does not stack up economically or environmentally:

  • Any new coal mine would consume huge amounts of water, up to 750 million litres per year.
  • Can't compete on cost - It will be difficult for this mine to compete without further and larger taxpayer-funded subsidies.
  • Pollution - Burning coal is the largest contributor to the human-made increase of CO2 in the atmosphere, fueling heatwaves and other extreme weather events.

The Palawa people of lutruwita, who have cared for this island for thousands of generations, have been making calls for protection of country for a long time. 

This is the wrong project in the wrong place at the wrong time, will you add your name to our open letter?


To the Premier & Opposition Leader of Tasmania --

We must listen to the scientists on climate change and:

1 // Stop expanding Tasmania's coal industry. We need a moratorium on new coal mines.

2 // Prioritise our productive landscapes over new coal mines. Tasmania is blessed with rich arable land that has fed people here for over 40,000 years. We cannot threaten this by building new coal mines that will compete for water

3 // Cease taxpayer-funded subsidies for fossil fuel projects. Every dollar of taxpayers' money spent subsidising new coal mines is a dollar that can't be spent on hospitals, schools and other services Tasmanians rely on. 

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  • Vinah Anderson
    signed 2020-01-25 13:40:05 +1100
  • Jessica Nixon
    signed 2020-01-15 08:23:16 +1100
  • Robyn Counter
    signed 2020-01-04 08:49:44 +1100
  • Michael Sanger
    signed 2020-01-03 21:12:47 +1100
  • Josh Reimers
    signed 2020-01-03 17:23:08 +1100
  • Amanda Neil
    signed 2020-01-03 11:59:26 +1100
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  • Linda Shaw
    signed 2020-01-03 10:59:41 +1100
  • kathryn lai
    signed 2020-01-03 09:25:21 +1100
  • Peter Delgado
    signed 2019-12-18 14:39:33 +1100
  • Rhonda Marich
    signed 2019-11-29 16:19:22 +1100
  • Rosemary Farrell
    signed 2019-11-27 15:47:02 +1100
    I was in the House of Assembly public gallery when the Rosalie Woodruff Green MHA proposed a motion for “no new thermal coal mines in Tasmania”. This failed due to complex and silly amendments by Resource Minister Guy Barnett. The Mercury Newspaper gave a short report on the session but made NO mention of the public gallery being full and overflowing into the parliamentary reception room (to watch this on video). I complained to the journalist and later went into The Mercury office in Salamance Square. Today I have just returned from an inspiring talk by Richard Denniss and David Barlett in the Hobart Town Hall hosted by the Australia Institute’s Hobart operative, Leanne Minshull. HERE I heard the response which the Will Hodgman Liberal government and, sadly Labor, failed to give caring and aware Tasmanians :- new thermal coal in the Tasmanian midlands makes no sense whatsoever ! Those 100+ present were warm in thanking these 2 speakers for their common sense and commitment to a sustainable and clean future for an “improved” Tasmanian environment, economy and employment – as this new coal mine, if built, already consuming our taxpayer dollars, will produce the very opposite !
  • Laurel Trebilco
    signed 2019-11-26 14:11:43 +1100
  • Sarah Lovibond
    signed 2019-11-26 13:40:12 +1100
  • Mat Morrison
    signed 2019-11-21 03:32:07 +1100
  • Ande Bunbury
    signed 2019-11-20 17:36:16 +1100
  • David Beck
    signed 2019-11-20 10:05:11 +1100
  • Philip Lawler
    signed 2019-11-20 09:12:23 +1100
  • Roger Proctor
    signed 2019-11-20 07:58:40 +1100
    New coal mines are a very inefficient method of obtaining energy compared to Tasmania’s riches in renewables and they are will result in unwanted carbon emissions, further contributing to increasingly dangerous climate change.
  • chris ball
    signed 2019-11-19 21:06:16 +1100
  • Anne Layton-Bennett
    signed 2019-11-19 20:43:29 +1100
  • Merrin Holstein
    signed 2019-11-19 20:20:08 +1100
    I find it incredible that coal is still being considered as a viable and useful commodity. Are our leaders insane?
  • Edwin Taylor
    signed 2019-11-19 19:59:06 +1100