From Friday 24 – Monday 27 October, 2014, communities from around Australia will gather at Ivory’s Rock in Queensland, for four days of inspiring workshops and discussion, to share experiences and to learn from one another under the banner Beyond Coal and Gas: Protecting our heritage. Embracing the future.

Around Australia, local communities are increasingly standing up to protect the places they love from the impacts of the coal and gas boom. Farmers, conservationists, traditional owners, scientists, fishers, climate activists and ordinary people from all walks of life are mobilising to defend their land, water, livelihoods and health.

The gathering will include a mix of formal plenaries, training workshops and presentations but the majority of the agenda will be defined by the participants using an ‘open space’ model. 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 participants.

This gathering will build on previous community meetings in Queensland and New South Wales. In July 2012, community members in Mackay organised the Beyond Coal and Gas Gathering at Louisa Creek, with around 100 people from around Queensland meeting to discuss the impacts of the coal boom. In October 2012, around 150 people from around NSW gathered in Gloucester to discuss the impact of coal and gas expansion on our land and water, and in May 2013, over 250 people from across the country came together at Kurri Kurri in NSW.

Beyond Coal and Gas: Protecting our heritage. Embracing the future is being organised by The Sunrise Project with the support and direction of people from community groups across the country.