Don’t Mine Tarwyn Park!

Save Tarwyn Park Website Launched

If you are as alarmed at that thought as we are then we urge you to YELL LOUD, YELL NOW and DON’T STOP YELLING until the State and Federal governments promise to protect Tarwyn and the Bylong Valley from destruction.

Save Tarwyn Park

Tell The World

Spread the word. Tell people about the travesty that mining Tarwyn would be. Use Social Networking like FaceBook and Twitter to tell the world!

Contact the Pollies: Visit you can find more info on the relevant politicians to contact to voice you’re protest:

  • Mr George Souris MP
  • Mr Joel Fitzgibbon MP
  • The Hon. Tony Kelly, MLC
  • The Hon. Duncan Gay, MLC
  • The Hon. Kristina Keneally MP

Don’t forget:

  • Your local State MP (if in NSW)
  • All members of the NSW Upper House
  • Your local Federal MP
  • Your State’s Senators

Tell your Facebook friends.

Write a ‘Letter to the Editor’. (In fact, why not write several?)

Call talkback radio.


Help Save Tarwyn Park and help the Bylong Valley Protection Alliance

by using their free envelope labels to add to your correspondence:

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Tweet, blog and post yourself silly.

Network with anyone you know with an interest in Peter Andrews’ work, in restoring landscapes, in sustainable farming practices, in water management, in anything that’s relevant.

The time to act is NOW. Tomorrow will be TOO LATE.


What the hell are they thinking?

“Harvey Norman goes to bat for Bylong”

Mudgee Guardian. By Don Mahoney, 26 Nov, 2010

Harvey Norman executive chairman Gerry Harvey has spoken out against the proposed coal mining of the Bylong Valley.

Mr Harvey said proposals to mine the valley, including to Peter Andrew’s “Tarwyn Park”, home of Natural Sequence Farming, were “sheer lunacy”.

“Tarwyn Park is a living case study of how we can get it right when it comes to water use and sustainable agriculture. The place should be a bloody shrine, not a hole in the ground,” Mr Harvey said.

“The irony – and stupidity – of possibly losing a place like Tarwyn Park to mining is simply breathtaking. What the hell are they thinking?”

“Tarwyn Park” is regarded as a leading example of how degraded landscapes can be restored and natural water systems replenished.

If the coal mine goes ahead, the results of Mr Andrew’s revolutionary farming practices may be lost as the property lies wholly within the boundaries of the current exploration area.

… read the article

Tarwyn Park to Become a Coal Mine?

The Sydney Morning Herald (25/11/10), Melbourne Age (27/11/10), WAtoday (24/11/10)  published this article by Ben Cubby, Environment Editor:

“Hunter stud owner shuts the gate to stop mining companies bolting across his land”

Is this Hunter Valley coal mine the future for Tarwyn Park? photo courtesy of Australian Longwall magazine and CSIRO

Peter Andrew’s Tarwyn Park neighbour, Craig Shaw, contacted

“Just wanted to make sure you were aware of this article from today’s Sydney Morning Herald about the threat to Tarwyn Park from mining. It’s got a couple of great quotes in it from Gerry Harvey. I’m sure you’d agree: seeing Tarwyn potentially become a mine is soul-destroying and simply beggars belief.”

“I just wanted to clarify something, however.”

“I was with Stuart when he took the call from the Herald’s reporter and nothing was said that should have given that impression; sometimes I guess reporters don’t quite get it right. What WAS said was that negotiations regarding drilling were proceeding and that no access agreements had been signed at this stage, and signing wouldn’t happen until there was some reassurance regarding the potential impacts.”

(The article states… “But Mr Andrews has barred his gates to Anglo American Coal workers seeking to drill bores on the property to locate and measure the coal seams beneath it, and neighbouring landholders have followed suit

And yes, Craig I absolutely agree with you, it more than beggars belief.

Australia has so little quality farmland and to consider it should be desecrated for coal mining, a product that maybe one of the worst energy producing contributors to “Green House Effect” is sheer lunacy. It is beyond absurd that Tarwyn Park  should be be underthreat.

To The Korea Electric Power Corporation  and Australian miner Cockatoo Coal; back off, get your grubby mitts of Tarwyn Park.

Prevent Tarwyn Park &  Bylong becoming a coal mine.  Contact: Bylong Valley Protection Alliance

Tarwyn Park – Peter Andrews – NSF

Peter Andrews: bushman, farmer, horse trainer. Some consider him to be more than that. Many believe him to be a prophet of hope. Tarwyn Park, a horse stud that had once bred the famous Melbourne Cup winner Rain Lover, was dry, barren, salty and eroded. Now, it is always green, with water through the summer and frost tolerant in winter. Fertilizers and chemicals are not used, yet the soil is richer. Salinity has decreased and erosion stabilized. Fish are returning to the creeks. Using observation, logic, intuition and ’smart’ work, Peter Andrews has regenerated and saved Tarwyn Park, but while the land is healing,

It was at great personal cost

It was done after 30 years of battling neighbours, banks, bureaucracy, politicians, bankruptcy and even those closest to him. It was achieved by flying in the face of conventional wisdom. With a belief in himself and what is right; by not lying down and admitting defeat, he has embarrassed many of the experts who were unwilling to listen, learn or even consider change. At last, Peter Andrews, Tarwyn Park and Natural Sequence Farming are getting deserved recognition. But, there is a debt of gratitude not yet realized, so let it be said to Peter Andrews:

Thank you

No doubt, Peter Andrews will go down in history as a great man. This web site acknowledges him as a truly great Australian. Also, this web site is dedicated to several purposes: being a links resource for people who would like to learn more and to look at also improving their land. But possibly the most important lesson that Peter Andrews has demonstrated is that it IS possible to triumph against the odds, that we all should remember:

One person can make a difference!


Peter Andrews
Peter Andrews






If you go to the properties where Peter Andrews has been working, those
properties from the air are green. The neighbouring property is brown.



I think it’s the most significant contribution to landscape restoration that I’ve seen in Australia.



It’s resulted in a river recovery to our knowledge unprecedented in Australia.



I’ll back him til the day I die. I know that what he’s doing makes a lot of sense.
I’ve witnessed it for years.





  • First, visit the pages and view the programmes  that started it all: “Droughts and Flooding Rain” (part 1 & 2) &  and the follow-up programme “Right as Rain” (part 1 & 2): at the ABC TV page
  • For more about Peter Andrews and  Natural Sequence Farming visit: the Video Gallery
  • For articles and links about Peter Andews and Natural Sequence Farming visit: Peter Andrews & NSF
  • For information about other resources including the Natural Sequence Farming DVD and the 2 books published by Peter Andrews about the Australian landscape and Natural Sequence Farming visit: Resources
  • Visit the other pages for Links (including a link exchange program), NSW Parliament Report of Proceedings, Contact and About this website.