Saving Tarwyn Park – Peter Andrews and the Battle For Bylong

Saving Tarwyn Park – Peter Andrews and the Battle For Bylong

Published on Jul 23, 2016

In July 2016, Peter Andrews, the pioneering founder of Natural Sequence Farming, returned to his beloved Tarwyn Park with 20 horses – as a squatter. Peter is making his last stand on the land he transformed into one of the best examples of regenerative agriculture in Australia today.

The legendary farm has been sold to Kepco, a Korean coal mining company, who intends to dig up the prime agricultural land of Tarwyn Park and turn the beautiful Bylong Valley into an enormous open cut coal pit.

We filmed this interview with Peter as he walked the land one last time with Bruce and Richard Fleming, previous owners of Tarwyn Park… a once in lifetime experience.

You can stand with Peter Andrews and help save Tarwyn Park and the Bylong Valley from coal mining. Join the Battle For Bylong at http://www.facebook.com/battleforbylong

And most urgently, please sign the petition to get Tarwyn Park heritage listed at http://lockthegate.good.do

“The place should be a bloody shrine, not a hole in the ground.” – Gerry Harvey

Story produced for Friendly Farms by Peter Dowson & Beatrice Ludwig. With thanks to Digital Storytellers for filming equipment.
http://www.digitalstorytellers.com.au

Tarwyn Park is threatened by an open cut coal mine, but help might be at hand

Newcastle Herald
JOANNE MCCARTHY
13 Dec 2016

 

TARWYN Park – the Bylong Valley property made famous because of maverick farmer Peter Andrews’ natural sequence farming methods, and under threat because of an open cut coal mine – has passed the first hurdle to achieve state heritage protection.

The State Heritage Council has recommended Tarwyn Park should be considered for State Heritage listing and Environment and Heritage Minister Mark Speakman has confirmed the property is under active consideration for listing.

Read the article at
The Newcastle Herald

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SAVE TARWYN PARK PETITION

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Artist’s Impression of Proposed Mine

The Andrew’s family have been forced to sell to mining giant Kepco. Tarwyn Park is destined to become a coalmine — but not just yet!

Kepco website says: Subject to government approvals, construction is proposed to commence in Q1 2017 for a period of approximately two years.

There is a tiny window of opportunity. Those who care have a last ditch chance to “Save Tarwyn Park” — by petitioning to give Tarwyn Park a heritage listing.

Please Sign and Share this petition now!

We can send a message to Hon Greg Hunt MP – Minister for the Environment & Prime Minister Hon Tony Abbott MP.

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“When I saw the plans… there was an open cut mine right in the middle of Tarwyn Park.” 

Stuart Andrews

Iconic rural property Tarwyn Park should be given heritage listing, says study by Newcastle University

 

It is the last place you would expect to see an open cut coal mine.

Tarwyn Park is the famous Hunter region property where horse breeder Peter Andrews created a landcare revolution that has impressed everyone from retailer Gerry Harvey to garden guru Don Burke.

Now, as Australian Story reveals, a Newcastle University study is suggesting there should be last ditch moves to heritage list the property.

Tarwyn Park, in the Bylong Valley, was sold to the Korean electricity company Kebco by Peter Andrews’ son Stuart after a long struggle to hold out.

Peter Andrews spent 40 years nursing the “environmentally bankrupt” property and developing his intuitive method of “natural sequence farming,” which first featured on Australian Story a decade ago.

In the midst of drought, Mr Andrews was able to maintain green and fertile pastures while neighbouring properties dried out.

But Peter Stevens, a researcher with Newcastle University’s Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, said Tarwyn Park should be heritage listed.

“If ever there was a property that represents the quintessential Australian landscape and how it could be developed for productivity, Tarwyn Park is it,” he said.

Read the Full Article at the ABC

 

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