Meet The Inner-City Coal Seam Gas Drillers

When I first heard that there were plans for a coal seam gas company was planning to drill a short way from where I live in Inner City Newtown, Sydney, I could barely believe it but I found out that it is deadly serious.

This story is about how the same company is planning to drill in Newtown and at the heritage town of Catherine Hill Bay. Many people know about how Catherine Hill Bay residents are fighting Rose Corporation’s large residential subdivision development ( Nicole Gooch and I dealt briefly with this in an earlier article on New Matilda) but few know that Dart Energy are planning to drill both at Catherine Hill Bay and St Peters, near Sydney Park.  Read the full article on New Matilda.

What Will The Libs Do About Part 3A?

In the lead-up to the NSW 2011 State election, Nicole Gooch and I published a number of stories about the notorious Part 3 A leglislation which took power of planning decisions away from Local Council and gave it the Minister for Planning and panels appointed by the Minister. After the election, the new Liberal and National Party government is repealing Part 3A but it is not yet clear what form its replacement will take.

In this article we focus particularly on Rose Developments and its proposals for the NSW heritage coastal town of Catherine Hill Bay and commercial marina at Kendall Bay on the Parramatta River in Sydney.

Read the full article on New Matilda.