Posted by: climatecampwa | December 11, 2009

Climate Camp starts THIS Thursday in Collie, whoahhh!

Click here to see the program for the 5-day camp

Update: Pleas take down the number of the first aid phone at camp, which is 0437 822 870.

We are almost there; camping by Stockton Lake, sharing experiences and skills and building a movement to be a part of  a fair transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and sustainable jobs. I can’t wait to swim, chat and take action with you in WA’s  coal capital. Please register on the ‘I’m coming!’ page so we can buy enough yummy food for you, mmmmmmmm. As a camp run entirely by volunteers, we encourage you to get involved and volunteer for a few hours of activities and chores that we should all be sharing  to make the camp fun and enjoyable for  everyone. There will be a volunteer roster board at the welcome tent    to help you find something that suits.

Friendly folk at Collie coal-fired power station 2008

How to get there

The camp is at Stockton Lake, an old open pit mine opened to the public for recreational use decades ago. To get there head east  from the Collie town-site along Coalfields Highway/Road. About 7 or 8 kilometres (5 min drive) east of Collie turn right off Coalfields Road onto Piavanini Road. The turnoff to Stockton Lake  is less than a kilometre along Piavanini Road to the left. Follow the signs to find the welcome tent.


A bushfire that saw the temporarily closure of Stockton Lake to recreation in early December has ignited some of the residual coal mixed in with the soil causing a potential hazard to tourists and visitors, known as hot ash. DEC is appealing to visitors to Stockton to keep out of the fenced off and signposted areas for their own safety.

The area affected by hot ash at Stockton is about 18 ha and digital thermometers used to assess the temperature of the hot ash revealed temperatures in excess of 490°C.  DEC will extinguish individual hot ash spots where possible but plans to keep the area fenced off and patrolled until the soil is saturated by a good winter of rain, at least. It is not sufficient to simply put out spots that we find as there may            be coal burning underground that someone — or someone’s dog — could still tread into. Even after a wet winter there have been terrible    cases reported to DEC in the recent past where a person has sunk through mud in winter only to be severely burnt by hot ash that was still smouldering 15 or 20 cm below the surface.

The fence will not be removed until the area has been thoroughly tested. The insidious nature of hot ash is that it is often undetectable and often exists just below the ground. A person or an animal that trod or fell over into a hot spot  would be severely burnt.

The burnt area is well-fenced but we encourage all climate camp participants to take care and be mindful when looking after pets and children.


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