Sydney, NSW: Health and Social Harms of Coal Mining in Local Communities: Spotlight on the Hunter

When: Monday 29 October 2012

Time: 5:30pm-7pm

Location: Medical Foundation Auditorium - The University of Sydney,
92-94 Parramatta Road Camperdown NSW 2050
See map below for directions

Cost: Free but RSVP is essential to kerry.jenson@sydney.edu.au (02) 9036 3075

Rapid expansion of the Australian coal mining sector has highlighted tensions over conflicting needs and priorities of the industry and local communities. Anecdotal reports of disease clusters and social and environmental injustices abound – notably in the Hunter Region which has the highest concentration of coal mining and combustion in Australia, all in close proximity to population centres and farmland. With a massive expansion of coal mining underway, there is an urgent need to better understand these impacts.

Against this backdrop, Beyond Zero Emissions commissioned the Health and Sustainability Unit to explore and report on the local and international evidence about the health and social impacts of coal extraction and combustion on people living in nearby communities. A panel of experts will discuss the findings of the report and their implications for health and public policy.

Professor Stephen Simpson, Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, will open proceedings. The report will be launched by Professor Ian Olver AM, CEO of the Australian Cancer Council who will join Associate Professor Ruth Colagiuri, principal author of the report, Professor Linda Connor, Mr Phil Laird (community) and Dr Tiho Ancev, for a panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Mark Ogge, Beyond Zero Emissions.