The 2014 national gathering is now passed.  To view photos of the event, visit the Beyond Coal and Gas Image Library.


The community movement to protect our heritage from the impacts of coal and gas expansion is growing from strength to strength. From one end of the country to the other, communities are standing up to protect the places they love and to embrace a future beyond fossil fuels.

From Friday 24th to Monday 27th October, 2014, these communities will come together for the second annual national gathering: Protecting our Heritage. Embracing the future. To be held on the land of the Yuggera people at Ivory’s Rock near Ipswich in South East Queensland, this exciting event will bring together farmers, conservationists, Traditional Owners, scientists, fishers, climate activists and ordinary people from all walks of life for three days of inspiring workshops and discussion.

As well as a great line up of inspiring speakers and top-notch trainers, the agenda will in large part be shaped by participants through the process of “open space”. Participants will be invited to put forward workshop and discussion topics, and there will be opportunities to adapt the agenda through the course of the meeting to reflect the needs/wants of the people there.

In May last year, the inaugural national gathering, Our Land Our Water Our Future, saw over 250 people gather at Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley. Since then, the movement has grown from strength to strength and this year we are expecting an even larger gathering.