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BCCAN is an active environment group based in the central west of New South Wales, Australia. We invite you to take a "stroll" through our site to find out more about us.

Wild storms give a picture of the future

By Tracey Carpenter

BCCAN is part of a nationwide network of people engaged on the frontline of climate impacts and the push for action to make our communities safe from extreme weather.

Mid north coast climate action group, CCA, president Harry Creamer had this to say about the horrifying east coast storms this week.

Successful farming and biodiversity go together

Farmers and environmentalists were once seen as sitting on opposite sides of the barbed wire fence, but that is rapidly changing.

The campaign against coal seam gas, or fracking, has seen so called “greenies” and farmers sitting side by side at the barricades trying to hold off mining interests that would alienate prime agricultural land.

Chris Marshall's paper on the Bathurst landscape

Chris & Mary Marshall have now retired to the south coast. They will be sorely missed by environmentalists in Bathurst. You can read Chris's outstanding paper on the Bathurst landscape by downloading the PDF.

Setting a lower voltage example for energy savings

EFFICIENCY: Bob Hill (BCCAN), Peter Harris (CSU) and Grant Christopherson (OEH) with an electricity substation on the Bathurst CSU campus. Pic by John Merkel.

By Tracy Sorensen

Heavy metal band AC/DC celebrated high voltage rock n roll, but when it comes to the environment, too much voltage can be a bad thing.

July 2: The climate election

With the double-dissolution Federal election expected to take place on July 2, Bathurst Community Climate Action Network president Tracey Carpenter has called for all Calare candidates across the political spectrum to put climate change front and centre as an election issue.

With shocking new evidence of climate change occurring at an even faster rate than previously predicted, Ms Carpenter said this was an historic opportunity to make good the world's commitment to lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Bathurst Kangaroo Project calls for volunteers for new research

The Bathurst Kangaroo Project has put out a call for volunteers to help with a new research project by Western Sydney University student researcher Hannah Rowland.

Nature Conservation Council releases climage change policy

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) has released its climate change policy. It is reproduced below:

 

Nature Conservation Council of NSW Climate Change Policy*

PRINCIPLES

1.1 Climate change refers to long-lasting changes to world climate patterns such as average temperatures, rainfall and incidence of severe weather events. Changing weather patterns pose existential risks for human and natural systems.

Peabody bankruptcy should end Wilpinjong expansion plans

Wollar Progress Association is calling on the NSW Government to carefully consider the viability of the operations at Peabody Wilpinjong Mine near Mudgee in light of Peabody filing for bankruptcy in America yesterday, saying the proposed expansion will sacrifice the once vibrant Wollar community at a time when the world is turning away from coal.

Kangaroos: the world is watching

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By Tracy Sorensen

There was a time, not too distant, when "Save The Whales" was a joke. But now, just a few decades later, opposition to whale hunting is a mainstream Australian view. Our foreign minister perfectly comfortable speaking out on their behalf, as she did the other day when Japan killed 300 whales, including 200 pregnant females in Antarctica. Their status has grown rapidly; they're now majestic creatures, the oceanic equivalent of the noble lion, king of the jungle.

Community says no to water deal

Isabel Higgins outside Bathurst Council

By Tracey Carpenter

One of the largest campaigns ever seen in Bathurst stood against Council plans to sell the town’s recycled water to a gold mine near Blayney earlier this year.  Regis Resources made a bid to purchase 8-10ML of Bathurst’s recycled water which is currently released into the Macquarie Wambool River. The bid included plans to construct a pipeline to divert the water to their Kings Plain MacPhillamy’s mine site.

More City Shade Trees, Please!

Street tree foliage, Bathurst

By Warwick Artis

Bathurst’s extended CBD area currently has an estimated 2% street tree canopy cover that compares very poorly with the recent survey of 39 council areas in NSW where the benchmark is 15% to 20%.  

Petition to stop sale of Bathurst water to Regis gold mine

Here is the petition to stop sale of Bathurst water to Regis gold mine. Print out (pref. double sided), gather signatures & return to BCCAN, c/- The Neighbourhood Centre, PO BOX 1469, Bathurst 2795, by Feb 10, 2016.  

Water is wiser than gold

By TRACY SORENSEN

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