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

Mali Cooper
Naomi Hodgson
Nathan Laurent
Clare Rynhart
Judy Rees
Anne Roberts
Katherine Kelly
Keri James
Michael Mulholland
Nathan Handley
Susan Stott
Julie Ho
Brad Clinch
Marion Van Delft
Ian Hunter
Emmeline Ives
Danielle Hastings
Teena Nguyen
Jo Ng
Miranda Mills
Julie McKenzie
Mary Connor
Jodie Winnell
Martin Oliver
Jacqueline Ashworth
Ian Plant
Megan Rowsell
Kerrie Pierce
Sally Mathrick
Alex Buralli
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  • Mali Cooper
    signed 2021-11-14 10:19:37 +1100
  • Naomi Hodgson
    signed 2021-09-30 10:21:16 +1000
    This proposal to burn our forests for electricity is cartoonish in its stupidity and destructive impacts on biodiversity, water resources and climate. It also undermines the transition to renewable energy that is viable now, three times cheaper than biomass energy and urgently needed to avoid climate catastrophe.
  • Nathan Laurent
    signed 2021-09-21 17:27:58 +1000
  • Clare Rynhart
    signed 2021-09-20 06:33:46 +1000
    Are you joking? In a country so perfect for solar power this concept is a disgrace. We are destroying the very lungs of our world. Wake up.
  • Judy Rees
    signed 2021-09-17 17:15:03 +1000
    The proposed modification (DA 183/1993) to substitute wood for coal, is shocking and I certainly object. It is beyond belief that this is even being considered. I find it horrendous that such a huge amount of native forest is to be burnt, that so much CO2 is to be released. To think that an ethical government could be spending the money on Renewable Energy is so frustrating. It is frightening to think of the continual failures of State and Federal Governments in protecting Australia from the effects of Climate Change. No more land clearing, no more de-forestation and no more fossil fuel.
  • Anne Roberts
    signed 2021-09-17 09:18:27 +1000
  • Katherine Kelly
    signed via 2021-08-04 13:09:31 +1000
  • Keri James
    signed 2021-07-30 13:15:02 +1000
  • Michael Mulholland
    signed 2021-07-29 22:04:05 +1000
  • Nathan Handley
    signed 2021-06-23 09:35:08 +1000
  • Susan Stott
    signed 2021-06-20 20:38:48 +1000
  • Julie Ho
    signed 2021-06-14 16:09:20 +1000
    Carbon capture and storage is cheap and effective only when done by trees, seagrasses and marine plants. We must protect our native vegetation and switch to renewable energy sources.
  • Brad Clinch
    signed 2021-06-07 11:02:41 +1000
    We all should be making efforts to increase tree numbers, not reduce them. Our future and the future of all animals on this planet depend on it. We have a superior position to grow our renewable energy industries, and welcome the jobs and economic growth investing in ‘renewables’ would provide.
  • Marion Van Delft
    signed via 2021-06-06 17:45:24 +1000
  • Ian Hunter
    signed 2021-06-06 13:57:18 +1000
  • Emmeline Ives
    signed 2021-06-06 13:30:44 +1000
  • Danielle Hastings
    signed 2021-06-06 13:15:49 +1000
  • Teena Nguyen
    signed 2021-06-06 12:36:55 +1000
  • Jo Ng
    signed 2021-06-06 12:36:00 +1000
  • Miranda Mills
    signed 2021-05-26 13:15:51 +1000
  • Julie McKenzie
    signed 2021-05-13 20:37:43 +1000
  • Mary Connor
    signed 2021-05-13 17:49:20 +1000
  • Jodie Winnell
    signed 2021-05-13 10:29:51 +1000
  • Martin Oliver
    signed 2021-05-12 14:17:59 +1000
  • Jacqueline Ashworth
    signed 2021-05-12 07:39:09 +1000
  • Ian Plant
    signed 2021-05-12 01:01:03 +1000
    Burning bio-mass !!! ignorant or evil?
  • Megan Rowsell
    signed 2021-05-11 19:58:41 +1000
    can we please actually start evolving into a decent species rather than making all other life on this planet descend with us into our own version of hell on earth?
  • Kerrie Pierce
    signed via 2021-05-10 13:02:32 +1000
  • Sally Mathrick
    signed 2021-05-09 15:27:01 +1000
  • Alex Buralli
    signed 2021-05-09 14:30:24 +1000