MDEG will be supporting this newly-formed group: Rylstone Region Coal Free Community (RRCFC).

MDEG members and friends are very aware of the devastating affects of coal mining on our climate, community, water, air quality and ecology – just to name of a few of the issues!

We are pleased to support our Rylstone neighbours in responding to the NSW Government inquiry to assess impacts of releasing nearby new green-field areas for coal exploration.

Here is an introduction to RRCFC:


A group of self-funded, non-politically aligned, like-minded local residents and supporters of the Rylstone Region, committed to stopping new coal exploration and mining in our region. Our aim is to protect the land, heritage, culture & community for present and future generations.


The potential coal release areas of Hawkins and Rumker, covering 32,700ha, lie north and north-east of Rylstone, stretching to the southern end of the Bylong Valley (see map below). Ganguddy-Kelgoola, (adjacent to Hawkins and Rumker) is expected to be released later. Our homes, livelihoods, our region’s precious water supplies, our thriving tourism industry, productive agricultural lands, endangered flora and fauna, biodiversity and heritage and our very community are all under threat! Both Rumker and Ganguddy- Kelgoola lie adjacent to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and are also under substantial risk.

Preliminary Regional Issues Assessment: Consultation

The NSW Government is considering whether to release two areas near Rylstone, known as Hawkins and Rumker, for coal exploration. The consultation aims to identify potential social, environmental and economic opportunities and constraints associated with coal exploration.

This is a critical issue!

Please be informed and participate. The Dept’s info is here:

Make a submission to the consultation and tell them we do not need any new coal exploration areas to be released!