In the past few years I've visited many beautiful spots in rural and regional NSW. The nature of my work meant I was mostly in these pretty spots to meet locals working to stop a coal mine or coal seam gas field from destroying a community, a forest, or farm land.
This is the Gloucester Valley, and sadly, it is no exception. In addition to being a very pretty part of the world, Gloucester is home to a diverse and sustainable economy including long
established agriculture such as the beef, dairy, and horticulture industries — and it's the gateway to the World Heritage Listed rainforests of Barrington Tops.
It is also threatened by the encroachment of mining. After years of campaigning, locals earned a hard-fought victory against the company seeking to develop a coal seam gas field on the outskirts of town. The threat of expanded open-cut coal mining remains.
I took this shot early one morning on a hill above the town. I'd gone up thinking I wanted to shoot the infamous Buckets, but the view in the other direction — over the mountains and paddocks — was too good to pass up.