Awareness of Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development is racing across the nation as citizens in community after community are learning what their city planners are actually up to. As awareness grows, I am receiving more and more calls for tools to help activists fight back. Many complain that elected officials just won’t read detailed reports or watch long videos. “Can you give us something that is quick, and easy to read that we can hand out,” I’m asked.

So here it is. A one page, quick description of Agenda 21 that fits on one page. I’ve also included for the back side of your hand out a list of quotes for the perpetrators of Agenda 21 that should back up my brief descriptions.

A word of caution, use this as a starter kit, but do not allow it to be your only knowledge of this very complex subject. To kill it you have to know the facts. Research, know your details; discover the NGO players in your community; identify who is victimized by the policies and recruit them to your fight; and then kill Agenda 21. That’s how it must be done. The information below is only your first step. Happy hunting.

What is Sustainable Development?
According to its authors, the objective of sustainable development is to integrate economic, social and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity. Sustainablists insist that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction.

Social Equity (Social injustice)
Social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people “to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment.” Redistribution of wealth. Private property is a social injustice since not everyone can build wealth from it. National sovereignty is a social injustice. Lack of universal health care is a social injustice. All part of Agenda 21 policy.

Economic Prosperity
Public Private Partnerships (PPP). Special dealings between government and certain, chosen corporations which get tax breaks, grants and the government’s power of Eminent Domain to implement sustainable policy. Government-sanctioned monopolies.

Local Sustainable Development policies
Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, STAR Sustainable Communities, Green jobs, Green Building Codes, “Going Green,” Alternative Energy, Local Visioning, facilitators, regional planning, historic preservation, conservation easements, development rights, sustainable farming, comprehensive planning, growth management, consensus.

Who is behind it?
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (formally, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). Communities pay ICLEI dues to provide “local” community plans, software, training, etc. Addition groups include American Planning Association, The Renaissance Planning Group, International City/ County Management Group, aided by US Mayors Conference, National Governors Association, National League of Cities, National Association of County Administrators and many more private organizations and official government agencies. Foundation and government grants drive the process.

Where did it originate?
The term Sustainable Development was first introduced to the world in the pages a 1987 report (Our Common Future) produced by the United Nations World Commission on Environmental and Development, authored by Gro Harlem Brundtland, VP of the World Socialist Party. The term was first offered as official UN policy in 1992, in a document called UN Sustainable Development Agenda 21, issued at the UN’s Earth Summit, today referred to simply as Agenda 21.

What gives Agenda 21 Ruling Authority?
More than 178 nations adopted Agenda 21 as official policy during a signing ceremony at the Earth Summit. US president George H.W. Bush signed the document for the US. In signing, each nation pledge to adopt the goals of Agenda 21. In 1993, President Bill Clinton, in compliance with Agenda 21, signed Executive Order #12852 to create the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in order to “harmonize” US environmental policy with UN directives as outlined in Agenda 21. The EO directed all agencies of the Federal Government to work with state and local community governments in a joint effort “reinvent” government using the guidelines outlined in Agenda 21. As a result, with the assistance of groups like ICLEI, Sustainable Development is now emerging as government policy in every town, county and state in the nation.

Revealing Quotes From the Planners
“Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by EVERY person on Earth…it calls for specific changes in the activities of ALL people… Effective execution of Agenda 21 will REQUIRE a profound reorientation of ALL humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced… ” Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save Our Planet (Earthpress, 1993). Emphases – DR

Urgent to implement – but we don’t know what it is!

“The realities of life on our planet dictate that continued economic development as we know it cannot be sustained…Sustainable development, therefore is a program of action for local and global economic reform – a program that has yet to be fully defined.” The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, published by ICLEI, 1996.

“No one fully understands how or even, if, sustainable development can be achieved; however, there is growing consensus that it must be accomplished at the local level if it is ever to be achieved on a global basis.” The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, published by ICLEI, 1996.

Agenda 21 and Private Property
“Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, therefore contributes to social injustice.” From the report from the 1976 UN’s Habitat I Conference.

“Private land use decisions are often driven by strong economic incentives that result in several ecological and aesthetic consequences…The key to overcoming it is through public policy…” Report from the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, page 112.

“Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the UN’s Earth Summit, 1992.

Reinvention of Government
“We need a new collaborative decision process that leads to better decisions, more rapid change, and more sensible use of human, natural and financial resources in achieving our goals.” Report from the President’s Council on Sustainable Development

“Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.” Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chairman, ICLEI. The Wildlands Project

“We must make this place an insecure and inhospitable place for Capitalists and their projects – we must reclaim the roads and plowed lands, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres or presently settled land.” Dave Foreman, Earth First.

What is not sustainable?
Ski runs, grazing of livestock, plowing of soil, building fences, industry, single family homes, paves and tarred roads, logging activities, dams and reservoirs, power line construction, and economic systems that fail to set proper value on the environment.” UN’s Biodiversity Assessment Report.

Hide Agenda 21’s UN roots from the people
“Participating in a UN advocated planning process would very likely bring out many of the conspiracy- fixated groups and individuals in our society… This segment of our society who fear ‘one-world government’ and a UN invasion of the United States through which our individual freedom would be stripped away would actively work to defeat any elected official who joined ‘the conspiracy’ by undertaking LA21. So we call our process something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth.” J. Gary Lawrence, advisor to President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development.

My say

Why does Kurri Kurri Exist (My say)

It was 47 years ago last May that I had my first taste of the Coalfields, in particular Kurri Kurri.
As a young Ambulance Officer with the NSW Ambulance Service, I was transferred to Maitland Ambulance Station to work.
In those days and as far back as the founding of Kurri Kurri in 1902, Kurri Kurri’s roots were historically linked to the Maitland Community.
It is interesting to note that there has always been conflict or competition between Cessnock and Kurri Kurri, with most folklore blaming the two warring coalfields Rugby League sides for the animosity.
I reject this theory as my own research indicates that Kurri Kurri was founded by demands placed upon the government of the day back in 1901, by residents of the villages surrounding today’s township, namely Stanford Merthyr, Pelaw Main and Heddon Greta emanating from the East Greta Coal Seam.
The town was surveyed by the Maitland Lands Board as a new “Crown Town“. The original council met in the East Maitland Courthouse before council chambers were even considered in Kurri Kurri. Most business transactions were directed to Maitland, as was the continued development of the East Greta coal seam and the railway line.
In 1906 the Kurri Kurri Shire was amalgamated with Tarro Shire. It wasn’t until many years after the establishment of the township, that it was eventually amalgamated with Kearsley Shire ( the only communist council in Australia) thereby linking Kurri Kurri to the Cessnock community for the first time. The resultant Rugby League duels are probably the result of the two tribes venting their frustration to forced shire boundary changes.
My move to Kurri Kurri came about as a direct result of extremely cheap Real estate in the area. From 1966 onwards the once prosperous coal mines were closing down leaving the town with very high unemployment.
The opening of the John Renshaw Drive in the mid 60’s directly linked Kurri Kurri to Newcastle reducing the travelling time by more than 15 minutes.
This allowed many retrenched coal miners access to the BHP workforce of the late 60’s and 70’s.
It wasn’t until the establishment of the Alcan Smelter in 1969 and textile factories in Kurri Kurri that the economy of the town looked secure once again.
During those days I searched the lower Hunter for a low cost home. Cheap homes in Maitland ranged from $10-15 thousand dollars, land prices were around $5,000 while in Kurri Kurri you could purchase a reasonable old mining cottage for around $5,000 and land for the council rates owing on them.
I purchased my 1st home in Kurri Kurri in October 1971.
At last the great day arrived. I had sold my house by the sea at Dudley and moved to the wonderful little country town in the Lower Hunter, Kurri Kurri.
They say Kurri Kurri means “The Very First”. Well it was the very first time I experienced a super hot October westerly. As we moved into town the local bush was ablaze with spring bushfires and being hurried along by one of Kurri Kurri’s now famous westerly blasts.
My family said to me, why did you leave Dudley to come to this hell hole, the roads here are next to nothing, there is no curb and guttering, no city support services? They asked “What does this town have to offer a young family”?
I couldn’t answer their questions in those days, but over the next eight years I was to settle into a community with strength of character I had not witnessed in Newcastle.
Over the past 44 years the fights to save Kurri Kurri Hospital are legendary,
Kurri Rugby League team rose to be number one in the Hunter Valley with three Premierships and the town’s elevation to No. 1 town in NSW under the Tidy Town banner in 1993 cemented my loyalty to the town.
During the last 47 years of slow progress, approximately 10% more of town was curbed and guttered. Victoria Street and Mitchell Avenue became four lane roads and the shopping precinct at last took the shape of a regional shopping centre, and the now famous Murals commenced appearing in 2002. Our town is now on the world mural town maps.
Kurri Kurri exists today because of the fighting spirit of the early pioneers and the new resident’s determination to see improvements in the town.
The town today is still controlled by outside influences that don’t have a vested interest in the town’s future.
Coal property, crown land and environmental reserves surround the town stifling development for future housing and indirectly restricting the advancement of the business district.
With the recent upgrades of roads to Maitland, Newcastle and the Hunter Expressway to Newcastle and Sydney, Kurri Kurri can look forward to future prosperity not only in domestic housing opportunities but also in business development.
The history of Kurri Kurri is steeped in political one sidedness where the people of the Kurri Kurri community have been used to shore up Federal, State and local government politics. It is a credit to the strength of the community that this political posturing hasn’t turned the town into a ghost town like other mining communities.
Kurri Kurri exists because of a strong community spirit, strengths that many people in the community take for granted these days. It was genetically implanted in families by the original miners of the area. Scots, Welsh, Geordies and Irish. These families lived in an era when every penny earned and every little bit of progress had to hard won.
I am proud of the fact that I moved to Kurri Kurri in 1971 and then in 1984 built a new home.
Kurri Kurri had in the 1980’s close to 1,000 women working in the textile industry, 60% of the male population working in the coal industry while the rest worked for Alcan and Newcastle industries.
These days the textile industry has moved on leaving few opportunities for women.
Newcastle industry has downsized the coal companies have moved west, HYDRO has closed; with Wine Country, Rutherford and Beresfield/Thornton industrial precincts providing any future job opportunities at present.
Kurri Kurri’s future lies in the development of residential areas (1800 home sites under development), and new industrial development to support future job opportunities. Kurri Kurri’s political leaders, business leaders and community leaders must work together so that the future of Kurri Kurri is as secure as it was back in the days when Richmond Main Colliery alone had 1200 employees.
Kurri Kurri will continue to grow into the 21st Century but as a vastly different community to that which we have lived in and known for the past 116 Years.

Cessnock wins with Government road funding


Since 2010 the Cessnock Local Government Area has received in excess of $60 million in road and bridges funding grants.

The first big grant was for $20 Million to rebuild Broke Road, McDonalds Road from Wine Country Drive to the intersection of Hermitage Road in Pokolbin. This has been topped up by a further $16 million to complete the Broke Road/Hermitage Road intersection and upgrade of Hermitage Road through the New England Highway at Belford. This road also includes a cycle way. This brings Wine Country road works to more than $36 million.

On top of this the State Government has allocated funding to upgrade feeder roads for the Hunter Expressway. Work has been undertaken on Lovedale Road and Buchanan Road. (While much more needs to be done on both these roads the funding is welcome).

Lemmings Corner on the old North Road south of Wollombi has been rebuilt for safer road use. This was under the Federal Government Black Spot program. Funding has also been provided for the rebuild of the intersection at Duffy Drive and Maitland Road Cessnock (yet to start).

Many new bridges have been rebuilt due to funding from the Country Bridge Renewal scheme. These include Milgang Bridge at Ellalong, Vermont Bridge at Mulbring, Frame Drive Bridge, Lomas Lane, Crawford Bridge, Congewai, Watagan Creek, Paynes Crossing, Murrays Run and many more.

Forster’s Bridge on Sandy Creek Road is to be replaced with Government money ($2 Million) and the latest announcement of a $4.45 million grant to upgrade Frame Drive adds to the funding from the current State Government and Federal Government.

And further to this there is $17 million in the pipeline to upgrade Testers Hollow to increase the flood threshold of this road.

This all from the Coalition Government into safe Labor seats.

New Lower Hunter Regional Hospital

(Not a new Maitland Hospital)
The site currently selected by the NSW Government on the PGH site at East Maitland does not meet most of the criteria outlined by HNE health in their community briefings
Things that should have been considered when locating a New Hospital in the Lower Hunter are:
Some other locations that could be looked at;
1.Branxton, new Huntlee town development. 20,000 residents over the next twenty years including new residential developments on the border of Singleton at East Branxton.
Greta, Lochinvar area between Hunter Expressway off ramps and access to railway. Note these Ramps are only for south bound traffic. More than 5,000 new residents over next couple of years. Plus new developments at West Maitland.
2. Hydro Smelter buffer zone at Loxford, This site is located 3km west of the Kurri Kurri/ Maitland interchange on Hunter Expressway and at present has a South bound Interchange only. This site has only just become available (May 2014) due to the closure of the Smelter. The area has current bus services, to Newcastle, Morisset and Maitland railway stations by Rover Motors bus service. It also has rail access although at this present time only coal haulage is conducted. Passenger trains have not run since 1960s. The site is only 15 minutes from Maitland Private Hospital. The Kurri Kurri district expects a further 4,000 new residents over the next couple of years.
The New Lower Hunter Hospital should be located at a location that an Ambulance at the Hexham Bridge or Morisset, in making a call could be directed to John Hunter Hospital or the newly located Lower Hunter Hospital.
Distances from Hexham to; John Hunter: 17km 22min
Greta: 40km 39 min
Branxton: 45km 44 min
Hydro Smelter buffer zone Loxford: 25km 24 min
The Hunter Expressway has opened up untold opportunities for the population of the broader Hunter region.

The site presently selected by the NSW Government on the PGH site at East Maitland does not meet any of the criteria outlined by HNE health in their community briefings (Dr. Sue Carter)
Things to ask when considering locating a New Hospital in the Lower Hunter are.
1. The location should have a flood free location with flood free access,
2. Should have public transport access.
3. Plenty of car parking, (free or at a reasonable cost)
4. Close to Hunter Expressway
5. Site not undermined
6. Availability of Power, Water and Gas
7. Within 40 minutes of Newcastle CBD
8. Newcastle Uni Medical School 30 minutes
9. Good access to all Hunter Valley Towns, Port Stevens and Central Coast towns.
10. Away from heavy rail (coal) corridor
The Loxford Hydro site on the Hunter Expressway meets all of the above criteria.
The Loxford site was for many years in the State seat of Maitland but is now located in the seat of Cessnock but close to the boundary with Maitland and has flood free access to Maitland via Bishops Bridge and Buchanan during flooding events.
There is a 50 h+ site in the Hydro buffer zone land next to the Hart Road Interchange that could be used as a Lower Hunter Hospital site, with room for a Private Hospital and an Emergency Service Precinct
Maitland through to Kurri Kurri is recognised as a major growth corridor in the Hunter Regional plan 2016.
Negatives for the Metford site:
The access to the hospital site is not flood free as proven in the past couple of years with the intersection of NEH under water at the Good Guys and under water at the railway underpass.
It is on a contaminated site under remediation and is opposite the old Maitland Rubbish dump at Fields end Oval.
The road access if approved will be a nightmare, even by John Hunter standards as there are residential estates under construction off Raymond Terrace Road and congestion is guaranteed.
It is beside the railway line which allows for over 100 million tonnes of coal to be transported to the Newcastle Port


The Newcastle Basketball Stadium will receive an upgrade with $5 million from the NSW Government. The stadium redevelopment will add three new courts to the stadium’s existing six and improve parking and landscaping.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said the stadium was a key venue for the local community, hosting a range of sporting and cultural events throughout the year.

“This is the largest multipurpose facility in the Hunter, so it’s vital the Newcastle Basketball Stadium get the high-quality upgrade it deserves,” Mr McDonald said.

“I’m pleased the NSW Government has delivered this funding for this important regional sporting venue.”

The project is among eight projects to receive a share of $50 million from the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund. The fund has provided a total of $450 million for projects to improve infrastructure and public facilities across the region.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the NSW Government was delivering for the people of the Hunter.

“This stadium is a hub for sporting and cultural activities in the Hunter, and this project is an example of how we can help make this facility even better for the local community,” Mr Stokes said.

“We want to make sure we help provide high-quality facilities for Newcastle and the Hunter region as they grow into the future.”

My Ten big ideas for Cessnock

I decided to stand for the position of Mayor after the disgraceful exhibition on Wednesday night the 20th of July Council meeting when the Buchanan Mosque was approved by Labor and the Greens.
I had this dream that I could make a difference if elected to lead the City of Cessnock. Labor voters didn’t see my vision beyond a protest vote against the Greyhound industry and maybe the prison decision.

My vision for the city included:

1. Capitalize on the completion of the Hunter Expressway by increasing signage and tourism destination opportunities over the next 4 years.

2. Work towards local towns having completed Curb and Guttering and properly drained by 2030. We need a plan and actions for this to happen.

3. To lobby for the successful rezoning of the Hydro Smelter site and having a successful business park operating there within 3 years creating new jobs.

4. To have a complete civic design plan and implementation for the CBD of Kurri Kurri by the middle of 2017.

5. To lobby for a 24 hour combined emergency services complex including Ambulance, Fire Station, Emergency Services and Police, Highway Patrol headquarters for the Hunter Expressway and surrounding community.

6. Lobby for a new regional hospital in the central Hunter to service Kurri Kurri, Cessnock, Maitland and Singleton areas adjacent to the Hunter Expressway.

7. Work towards a reduction of energy consumption by the installation of low energy street lighting in the towns, and also promoting a low energy environment for the Cessnock district. Council’s annual street electricity bill is exorbitant.

8. Preserve the country town atmosphere in the LGA while not stifling development opportunities.

9. Set a Goal to lobby for a regional (PWR) Plasma Waste Recycling facility for the Hunter .
Need to bring the Cessnock Waste management facility into the 21st Century. Goal to reduce land fill in the Cessnock LGA to zero.

10. Work with committed community organizations to improve cycling safety and additional cycle ways along with supporting the Richmond Rail Trail project

Kurri Kurri CBD Master plans

Kurri Kurri CBD Master Plan slow to take shape.
Back in 2010 the Kurri Kurri District Business Chamber established a bi partisan committee called the
KK 2030 committee to advance the district. It was at this time that Cessnock Council ripped out the trees in the centre of Kurri Kurri CBD and held a public meeting to discuss new trees and a CBD Master Plan.
A petition was delivered by Councillor Graham Smith to council in June 2010 asking for a CBD Master Plan. It was promised based on council winning a grant for Kurri Kurri, Cessnock and Branxton.
Subsequently the grant was not forthcoming. In the meantime council went ahead with a Master Plan for Cessnock CBD and the Kurri Kurri one dropped off the radar.
In 2011, 50 University of NSW 3rd year Town Planning students did a complete makeover of the Kurri Kurri district and came up with excellent ideas for council to consider. The previous council ignored their studies worth around $150,000 in-kind.
Our Kurri Kurri Business chamber lobbied for 5 years for a CBD Master Plan to be completed without success.
At the beginning of 2016, council engaged consultants to investigate Cessnock Council land uses and come up with an overall plan for industry, rural lands and residential lands and would include a specific study of the Kurri Kurri district including a CBD Master plan. We were led to believe that the consultants would be doing the CBD Master Plan but subsequent meetings with council staff confirmed that council staff was going to do the CBD Master Plan in house and we were guaranteed that we would see it this side of Christmas.
The Barton Street footpath issue was part of the proposed CBD Master Plan study with all foot paths to be rebuilt using one style of finish, but with no Master Plan the Barton Street footpath continued to deteriorate and cause possible pedestrian accidents.
The resultant tar sealing cover over the existing footpath is a stop gap measure until after the CBD Master Plan is approved.
Even when the master plan is complete there is still the issue of finance and works being undertaken for improvements to the CBD infrastructure.


Mayoral candidate for Cessnock City Council, Councillor Rod Doherty, today announced the 12 candidates pre-selected to contest elections for the four Wards on Saturday, September 10.

Liberal Party candidates in Ward A are Paul Dunn, Karen Jackson and Robyn Strengers; representatives in Ward B are Jacqui LaFrance, Michael Gane and John McKendry; candidates in Ward C are John Fagg, Paul Monforte and Harry Slade; with Cr Doherty heading the group in Ward D also consisting of Carol Doherty and Maureen King.

Cr Doherty said he was pleased with the passion and diversity of the Liberal Party team.
“Our candidates represent the many and varied thoughts and aspirations of the community,” he said.
“Cessnock has boundless opportunities that need to be tapped and promoted. We are a growing city with all of the pains and expectations that go with growth.
“Appropriate planning, community involvement and listening is paramount to good leadership and we will consider all input from residents.
“I am passionate about the future of this community from job creation through to personal safety.
“With strong leadership from our team we will see our community prosper.”

Rod to stand for Mayor

Liberals embrace concerns and aspirations of residents
Mayoral candidate for Cessnock City Council, Councillor Rod Doherty, today announced the 12 candidates pre-selected to contest elections for the four Wards on Saturday, September 10.
Liberal Party candidates in Ward A are Paul Dunn, Karen Jackson and Robyn Strengers; representatives in Ward B are Jacqui LaFrance, Michael Gane and John McKendry; candidates in Ward C are John Fagg, Paul Monforte and Harry Slade; with Cr Doherty heading the group in Ward D also consisting of Carol Doherty and Maureen King.
Cr Doherty said he was pleased with the passion and diversity of the Liberal team.
“Our candidates represent the many and varied thoughts and aspirations of the community,” he said.
“Cessnock has boundless opportunities that need to be tapped and promoted. We are a growing city with all of the pains and expectations that go with growth.
“Appropriate planning, community involvement and listening is paramount to good leadership and we will consider all input from residents.
“I am passionate about the future of this community from job creation through to personal safety.
With strong leadership from our team we will see our community prosper.”
For more information or additional comment, please contact Bryce Gibson 0422 227 668 or Rod Doherty 0409 448 191

2016 Cessnock Council Elections

Rod Doherty is a current serving Councillor and has served the Cessnock community for 4 years representing Ward D and the wider Cessnock electorate.
Rod’s reason for standing in 2012 was that Cessnock residents needed a strong practical community voice on council.
Rod grew up in the Hunter moving to Kurri Kurri in 1971 to work as a NSW Ambulance Officer at Maitland, Cessnock, Dungog and relief Ambulance Officer at the Kurri Kurri Ambulance Station.
In 1981 Rod joined the Alcan Smelter at Kurri Kurri as an Employment Officer and Community Relations Officer where he worked for 18 years.
During his time with Alcan he joined the board of the newly established Cessnock Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) in 1992, to eventually become the Hunter Region BEC.
In 1988 he became involved with the Kurri Kurri Tidy Town movement and business activities of the Kurri Kurri community in which he has been involved to this day.
Rod managed the Hunter Region BEC in Kurri Kurri for 10 years assisting hundreds of would be small business people to establish their own business.
Rod has been President of the Kurri Kurri District Business Chamber, currently a Cessnock City Councilor elected in 2012 and a member of the Rotary Club of Kurri Kurri
Rod is committed to seeing the Cessnock Local Government area prosper.
Rod has a keen interest in seeing economic development activities achieved, and providing much needed employment opportunities for the Cessnock area.