Lane Cove Coal and Gas Watch



The Lane Cove Coal and Gas Watch is a sub committee of the Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society.


1. To campaign for no-go zones for coal and coal seam gas in
–  drinking water catchments (Including the re-charge zone of the great artesian basin),
–  prime agricultural land in NSW, and
– special wild places for future generations,

A particular focus is on coal mining in Sydney’s drinking water catchment..

2. To campaign to protect public health by setting strong limits on air, noise, water and carbon pollution from coal and gas developments;

3. As a community group, to raise awareness within the Lane Cove Electorate of  the impacts of coal and coal seam gas in general and to communicate community concerns to local MPs;

4. To build support for our campaigns both at grass roots and amongst community influences;

5. To amplify and support the messages of other coal and coal seam gas campaigns in NSW and  significant campaigns in Australia.


  • Letter writing and submissions groups;
  • Events (film nights, public forums, guest speakers);
  • Stalls;
  • Knitting Nannas;
  • Door to door surveys;
  • Visiting our local politicians;


NSW Nature Conservation Council – 2014 NSW Environment Award

The Community Action Award November 2014 – for the most inspiring community action initiative.


The Lane Cove Coal and Gas Watch meet on the first Monday of each month at 6.30 -8.30 pm in the Lane Cove Library. There is no meeting in January or July when we take a break.

Very informative, run by an enthusiastic bunch, new comers always welcome. Great way to get informed about all the environmental and social impacts of Coal mining and coal seam gas in NSW and get involved in raising awareness of the issues with the general public.

Tea, coffee and snacks are provided and often wine and pizza

Meetings often include a movie screening and guest speakers and regularly cover:

  • An update on Coal and Gas news from around NSW;
  • Feedback/overview of the group’s activities in the previous month;
  • Planning for upcoming event.

See the Lane Cove Coal and Gas Watch Facebook page for news and events – this is kept up to date daily.

Call Sally Kennedy if you would like more information:



presentation-of-petititionFebruary 2017 – Recent successful tabling of the 16,000 signature coal and coal seam gas petition in NSW Parliament by Anthony Roberts leading to a debate on the floor of the house. 6,000 of these signatures were collected in Lane Cove. Prior to the debate there was a rally outside parliament house where Jann’s petition speech Feb 2017 on behalf of the Lane Cove Coal and Gas Watch.

Some recent local press on Lane Cove Coal and Gas Watch

Results from our door knocking campaign – new-doc-17