About POWA

Protect Our Water Alliance was formed in early 2019 in response to the ongoing mining beneath Sydney's water catchment.

Located on unceded Dharawal Country in Wollongong, POWA is affiliated with grassroots groups and environmental organisations across the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, and Greater Sydney regions. 

POWA is calling for a ban on mining in our water catchment.

Damage to the Catchment

The Greater Sydney Water Catchment supplies 5 million people with clean drinking water.

The four active coal mines that dig beneath the catchment cause irreversible damage to creeks, rivers, and endangered upland swamps. This not only reduces the quality and quantity of water we need to drink, but ruins critical ecosystems and cultural heritage sites.

What is longwall mining?

Longwall mining is a method used by the mines within our water catchment. It is highly destructive, causing issues such as subsidence and surface-to-seam fracturing. 


POWA has made an explanatory video about longwall mining - watch it here.

WIN! South32 Dendrobium Mine Extension REJECTED by Independent Planning Commission

Green Steel is a method of making steel without the need for metallurgical coal - POWA held an event in late 2020 about this technology

Wollongong Coal's Russell Vale Mine expansion proposal approved by Independent Planning Commission

This expansion still needs Federal approval, but Wollongong Coal claims they will be trucking coal to Port Kembla Coal Terminal by May 2021. 

POWA recognises that the traditional owners of the regions spanning Sydney's water catchment have never ceded sovereignty of their lands and waters.

Protect Our Water Alliance 2020