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The single greatest asset we have is water/coal

Just what is our most precious resource? Two teams battle it out

Produced by the City of Sydney

A comic mock debate between 2 teams – both of whom would like to see the end of coal mining in areas which threaten important water resources.

Coal: good for humanity? Or a threat to our water, land, and future? Inside the old Paddington Reservoir, you will be the judge.

Speakers include:

Tommy Dean – a professional comic, Tommy is known for his distinct Rock God look and booming voice. He has been a regular headline act in comedy venues and festivals in Australia, the USA and New Zealand.

Peter Berner – Peter is a comedian, artist and cartoonist. He is without doubt one of Australia’s most popular and respected stand-up comics. Peter has staged regular shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Special guests:

  • Roderick Campbell, Director of Research, The Australia Institute
  • Dr Georgina Woods, NSW Coordinator, Lock the Gate
  • Keith Muir, Director, Colong Foundation for Wilderness
  • Isabel McIntosh, Protect Sydney’s Water Alliance

Moderated by Nic Clyde, Lock the Gate.

A collaboration with Lock the Gate, Illawarra Residents for Responsible Mining and the Protect Sydney’s Water Alliance.

Followed by filmed interviews with Malcolm London
Bill McKibben
Alison Auciello

Produced by Adrian Parr, UNESCO Chair of Water and Sustainability

Duration: 37 minutes.

This event is one of the many public programs around H2O: Water Bar– a reflective, glassy glistening installation by Janet Laurence that allows you to sample a variety of water sourced from diverse regions of Australia.
Come and join in the conservation conversation!

Lock The Gate Alliance is a national coalition of people from across Australia uniting to protect our common heritage- our land, water and communities – from unsafe mining


This is an Art & About project.
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Sunday 21 February 2016 from 6pm to 8pm



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