No to burning forests for dirty power at Redbank!

The imminent rebooting of the mothballed Redbank Power Station with wood (biomass) from NSW’s native forests will make it Australia’s most polluting power station and an existential threat to the future of our children and wildlife.

Hunter Energy is currently seeking expressions of interest for timber from north of Grafton, West of Dubbo and South of Batemans Bay to fuel their Redbank Power Station, with plans to restart the facility in mid 2021 fed by native forests to make it one of world’s ten biggest biomass power plants.

The community needs to urgently speak up to stop the NSW and Commonwealth Governments from allowing this environmental disaster.

Please sign onto our campaign below as a first step to keep our forests standing.

Burning trees to power Redbank Coal Station is an existential threat to our future.

It's a climate nightmare.

  • It will release some 1.8 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year to fuel climate change, increased droughts, heatwaves and more intense bushfires, while increasing forest degradation and hastening species extinctions.

It's polluting and expensive.

  • Replacing coal with biomass is even more polluting, releasing up to 50% more COthan coal to generate equivalent amounts of energy.
  • Biomass electricity is three times more expensive than solar to produce and requires massive public subsidies. 

It undermines the climate mitigation potential of forests. 

  • Native forests remove carbon dioxide from the air more effectively than anything else on land; they make and ‘catch’ rain and they moderate temperature. They do this best when they're left alone. 

It threatens our future forests, water security and struggling wildlife.

  • As both public and private forests become increasingly devoid of large sawlogs the push is on to take smaller and more defective trees to make money.
  • Forest wildlife will be impacted most severely as forest degradation skyrockets with all those previously uneconomic trees taken. This gives our forests no chance to become future refuges for wildlife and people. 
  • Forests are natural water reservoirs that feed our streams and generate rainfall. If we loose our forests we diminish our water security. 

We need to:

  • Pay farmers to leave trees standing to go on sequestering and storing atmospheric carbon and grow habitat for Koalas and our other imperilled species 
  • Stop subsidising corporations to profit from clearing, logging and climate emissions. 
  • Invest in clean energy jobs (solar and wind) and leave fossil fuels and forests in the ground. 

Please sign onto our campaign below as a first step to keep our forests standing.


Who's signing

Luis Eduardo Miranda Perez
Helen Kvelde
Helen Lawrence
Lorraine Bower
Brenton Rittberger
Stacie Lee
Kevin You g
Karen Quach
Rebecca Johnstone
Christopher Driscoll
Robyn Knobel
Ge Ro
Carolyn Robertson
Kirsten Mackenzie
Gert Frieling
Damien Venditti
D Blake
Jan Simpson
Jan Pritchard
Deborah McMillan
Lesley Mulder
Prudence Wawn
Jimmy Malecki
Michele Belford
Rani Lyons
Kristy Hayward
Marguerite Riley
Maria Hayes
Susan Jameson
Lyndal Outram
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  • Luis Eduardo Miranda Perez
    signed 2021-01-17 09:55:12 +1100
  • Helen Kvelde
    signed 2021-01-16 21:28:55 +1100
  • Helen Lawrence
    signed 2021-01-16 15:56:00 +1100
    The project to save humanity and our precious ecosystem is dependent on all forms of Carbon being removed from the atmosphere until we reach 350ppm CO2.
  • Lorraine Bower
    signed 2021-01-11 10:35:34 +1100
  • Brenton Rittberger
    signed via 2021-01-09 14:40:48 +1100
    Stop The Bio-Massacre
  • Stacie Lee
    signed via 2021-01-05 16:52:26 +1100
  • Kevin You g
    signed 2021-01-05 11:04:16 +1100
  • Karen Quach
    signed 2021-01-05 00:58:14 +1100
    It’s appalling to see the scale of habitat destruction in Australia. The world needs to support organizations trying to protect Koalas and other iconic species.
  • Rebecca Johnstone
    signed via 2021-01-04 23:00:00 +1100
  • Christopher Driscoll
    signed 2021-01-04 21:43:30 +1100
    Shear lunacy incomprehensible!
  • Robyn Knobel
    signed via 2021-01-04 20:23:40 +1100
    Dreadful proposition.
  • Ge Ro
    signed via 2021-01-04 19:27:15 +1100
  • Carolyn Robertson
    signed via 2021-01-04 19:24:28 +1100
  • Kirsten Mackenzie
    signed via 2021-01-04 19:16:18 +1100
  • Gert Frieling
    signed 2021-01-04 19:08:16 +1100
  • Damien Venditti
    signed 2021-01-04 19:04:22 +1100
  • D Blake
    signed 2021-01-04 16:18:58 +1100
    Loss of koala habitat is one of the main reasons these unique

    iconic animals numbers are decreasing. If we want to save koalas from extinction then we MUST protect their habitat.
  • Jan Simpson
    signed 2021-01-04 15:42:28 +1100
  • Jan Pritchard
    signed 2021-01-04 15:30:21 +1100
  • Deborah McMillan
    signed 2021-01-04 14:28:18 +1100
    Destruction of native habitat can NEVER BE JUSTIFIED.
  • Lesley Mulder
    signed 2021-01-04 13:32:06 +1100
  • Prudence Wawn
    signed 2021-01-04 13:19:38 +1100
    We need to retain every bit of wilderness left on this continent in order to combat the climate emergency. This alarming and shortsighted energy plan is pure idiocy and must be stopped.
  • Jimmy Malecki
    signed 2021-01-04 12:07:02 +1100
    Burning forests for electricity exacerbates #climatechange and destroys precious remaining habitat for our threatened species.
  • Michele Belford
    signed 2021-01-04 11:48:42 +1100
    Can I suggest you watch David Attenborough’s witness statement and do everything he suggests needs to be done. You will notice that the stopping of logging of native forests is high on the list. What does it take for these unsustainable industries to be replaced with sustainable ones? It is the life of this planet at stake no less. Be part of the solution and be celebrated by your grandchildren and the generations following you.
  • Rani Lyons
    signed 2021-01-04 10:25:45 +1100
  • Kristy Hayward
    signed via 2021-01-04 10:14:05 +1100
  • Marguerite Riley
    signed via 2021-01-04 09:43:17 +1100
  • Maria Hayes
    signed 2021-01-04 09:41:04 +1100
  • Susan Jameson
    signed 2021-01-04 09:05:55 +1100
  • Lyndal Outram
    signed 2021-01-04 08:51:27 +1100
    Unacceptable every tree MUST stay in the ground. This is about survival of all living beings.