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. 

978 signatures

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  • Robert Pettit
    signed 2019-10-14 22:48:21 +1100
    Robert Pettit
  • Andrew Maude
    signed 2019-10-14 22:40:07 +1100
  • Barbara Murphy
    signed 2019-10-14 22:16:49 +1100
    Barbara Murphy
  • Daniel Panek
    signed 2019-10-14 21:46:43 +1100
    Will Hodgman/Liberals supporting coal-mining in Tassie? #SeriouslyDisappointed!!! Have they not done any due diligence? Fossil fuels are ancient past and we desperately need to move forward to invest in renewables if we’re to avoid further environmental catastrophes like #Tassie/NSW/QldBushfires #KelpForestExtinction #CoastalErosion … Will/Liberals – get with the program, do your homework and immediately drop plans for coal-mining in Tassie!
  • Susan McClarron
    signed 2019-10-14 21:34:56 +1100
  • James Sherrin
    signed 2019-10-14 20:41:16 +1100
  • Todd Houstein
    signed 2019-10-14 20:20:37 +1100
    3M tonnes of coal per year (as proposed for a new mine in Tasmania) would result in more emissions than all of Tasmania’s current coal, cows, cars, cement, gas, and electricity combined. That should not be part of our legacy. This coal must be left in the ground!
  • Robert Rands
    signed 2019-10-14 20:05:13 +1100
    Dear Pollies,

    I am hoping for an extinction rebellion demo in each Fed pollies office, where a couple doing a starved, dead cow or sheep or ’roo, drops over in front of your office door, so each of you can read the words painted on its side:

    “Another Dead Climate Canary”

    If you don’t get it by now, if you are too compromised to admit you get it, but are frightened to step into the glare of the real world, out from under the party’s umbrella or or your own misguided beliefs about the solid evidence for anthropogenic global warming, at least give your children or the children of your friends and loved ones, the Australians of the future, a chance to have a better future than you are currently offering.

    A better future than you are currently offering, with policies that are at best lies and prevarication about how good the country is doing in meeting the challenge of climate change.

    Deep down, most of you know such claims are profoundly false.

    Please vote to declare a climate emergency, and work toward real, immediate ways to protect our water and land.
  • Lucy Milne
    signed 2019-10-14 16:26:36 +1100
  • terence Moran
    signed 2019-10-14 16:25:02 +1100
    terence Moran
  • Jean Thomson
    signed 2019-10-14 14:47:49 +1100
  • ana stuart
    signed 2019-10-14 13:32:10 +1100
  • Christine Corbett
    signed 2019-10-14 12:21:11 +1100
    No more coal mines in Australia! We need to stop subsidising coal mines and instead focus on creating jobs in the renewable energy sector.
  • Linda Smith
    signed 2019-10-14 12:00:03 +1100
    I’m currently in Tasmania for 2 weeks driving and camping holiday. Don’t ruin the natural beauty of your state and wreck the environment further.


  • Dieter Nikolai
    signed 2019-10-14 10:06:47 +1100
    Dieter Nikolai
  • Nadia Murphy
    signed 2019-10-14 09:41:20 +1100
  • Kelli Schultz
    signed 2019-10-14 09:30:29 +1100