Protect Our Water Alliance was formed in early 2019 in response to the ongoing mining underneath Sydney's Water Catchment. 

There are two proposals currently before the NSW State Government; the Dendrobium mine extension and the Russell Vale mine extension. 

The Peabody Metropolitan Mine in Helensburgh is currently mining underneath Woronora Reservoir.

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

POWA is calling on NSW State Government to legislate to cease all extractive industries in the Sydney Water Catchment. This means a stop to all current mining operations, and no new approvals of new projects or expansions of existing projects.

Secondly, POWA is calling on NSW State Government to support green industries, and to provide wide-ranging support to assist workers to transition from employment in extractive industries to green jobs.

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

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Protect Our Water Alliance 2020

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