Profile: Neha Madhok working to ‘protect our land, water and future’

April 1, 2014 | By: James Whelan

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The recently launched Our Land, Our Water, Our Future campaign is a state-wide effort that brings together more than 75 community and environment groups, representing tens of thousands of people from across the state of NSW.

Together we are working in our communities to protect our land and water from the destructive impacts of coal and gas.

With 80% of the state covered by mining licences and applications, we know the system is broken and it’s time for change.

Recent polling shows 73% of people in NSW want coal and gas banned in our water catchments and near rivers, and about two thirds want it off all productive agricultural land. The polling also shows the majority of people in NSW think corruption exists within the coal industry and Premier Barry O’Farrell is not doing enough to respond.

Our goal is for coal and gas no-go zones to protect farmland and rural industries, water resources, our special wild places, and residential communities.

We can only do this if we work together to build a movement the NSW Government can’t ignore.  We know the public is with us and that’s why we are working to build support in the lead up to the 2015 state election.

Community Organising Fellowship participant Neha Madhok is the campaign’s western Sydney organiser working in and around Campbelltown with community groups and individuals to educate and organise people around threats to Sydney’s drinking water catchment from destructive coal and gas.

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James Whelan

James Whelan

James is founding co-director of the Change Agency and co-director of the Community Organising Fellowship.

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