Protecting the natural environment

Australia and the South Pacific

4nature is a volunteer-based conservation group established in 2010 that seeks to protect the natural environment of Australia and the South Pacific.

Photograph copyright Tom Crawshaw 2024

Our Objectives

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Springvale Mine

At the end of 2015, 4nature took the owners of Springvale coal mine and the NSW government to court to stop them polluting Sydney’s drinking water.

After originally losing the case in the Land and Environment Court, in August 2017 we won on appeal in the NSW Supreme Court.

Before the court determined final orders, the NSW Parliament passed special legislation overturning our win.

Despite the setback, the Springvale mine was still required to build a pipeline and treatment plant to ensure mine water is clean of its pollutants rather than discharging them into the Coxs River, one of the main sources of Sydney’s drinking water. The treatment plant began operation in June 2019.

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Solomon Islands

Since 4nature was formed in 2010, we have supported the efforts of landholders on Kolombangara Island in the western province of the Solomon Islands.

Each year 4nature raises funds for conservation scholarships that support Kolombangara Island parents to pay for their school fees, rather than relying on logging income. Since 2011, 4nature has raised over $70,000 to support the scholarship program.

4nature also supports the protection of the 20,000 hectare conservation area on Kolombangara Island.

4nature wins the Marie Byles Award

4nature wins the Marie Byles Award

We are grateful that our work protecting Sydney's drinking water catchment from polluting coal mine discharge was recognised by our conservation peers. The award was announced at the Nature Conservation Council of NSW 2017 Annual Conference at Redfern.
Court rules coal mine approval invalid

Court rules coal mine approval invalid

Conservationists today welcomed the 4nature conservation group's successful legal bid that overturns the approved extension to the Springvale underground coal mine near Lithgow. Conservation group 4nature won its case in the NSW Court of Appeal, overturning the original decision in the Land and Environment Court that ruled in favour of Centennial Coal who operates this mine.