Surfers, fishers & Coasties must Unite to stop PEP11

The Independent candidate for Robertson and local businessman, David Abrahams, today called for an end to all oil and gas exploration off the beaches of the Central Coast. In an fresh development, Abrahams called on all candidates for joint political action to stop further exploration for oil and gas and the revocation of the Federal Government’s Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 [PEP 11].


I read with horror in the Coast Community News the company Asset Energy’s commitment to start exploration off Broken Bay in the coming months, despite community opposition.

Umina, Ocean Beach, Killcare, Terrigal and Pearl Beach would be in the worst position if the fish, whale and dolphins were affected by explosive underwater testing. We run the risk of beached whales, and mass fish deaths washing up on these beaches, thanks to the East Australian Currents.


Mr Abrahams said, “No-one wants ruined fishing grounds and oily beaches, no-one wants oil-soaked pelicans, no-one wants a ruined surfing environment, no-one wants dead whales and dolphins on our conscience”.
Mr Abrahams asked, “If no-one of us want these horrors, why not join together and show the Central Coast community that politicians can work together for the community and need not always be at each others’ throats competing, fighting, scoring cheap points.

Mr Abrahams argued, “I would like to see a joint deputation to the Prime Minister & Opposition Leader, comprising Lucy Wicks [Liberal], Ann Charlton [Labor], Cath Connor [Greens] and myself [Independent] and other candidates to cancel this before it becomes unstoppable.


“The reasons for trashing PEP 11 are obvious”, said Mr Abrahams.
“First, the history of oil exploration is littered with accidents that ruin environments for decades”.
“Second, Big Oil & Gas is a big contributor to perilous Global Warming and Australia needs to stop being the international pariah and start being a future orientated smart nation that leads, not follows”.
“Third, the Federal Committee overseeing the licence conditions NOPSEMA is deliberately preventing local residents’ views being taken into account by not holding any community consultations in the area, instead holding briefings in difficult to access locations both in Newcastle and Sydney.”


I am assisting the community organisation Save Our Coast organise a mass hand holding event, between Ocean Beach and Umina Beach Surf Clubs on May 5 at 12 noon.


Mr Abrahams said, ”The area has much to lose with oil rigs dotted along our beaches and coast. PEP 11 is a bad plan. I suggest a good plan … a rare and unified political unity in defence of community interests would be a powerful act of community-based concern. Let’s do it.”

I encourage all locals to attend the event and make a strong statement to the government about this outrageous assault on our coastal way of life.

Authorised by David Abrahams, Independent Candidate for Robertson

The No Preferences Independent

“So, where are your preferences going?” is one of the most frequent questions I am asked.

The short answer is “I will not be advising voters on preferences. I will leave it to each voter to do what they feel is best themselves.”

Preference advice in the form of ‘How to Vote’ cards is not an official document, these are political party documents. I am not a political party and so I will not be involved in preference deals.

Preference advice is essentially a marketing ploy played by the parties to influence the outcome of the election in their favor or to block other parties.

What ‘preference advice’ does do is disenfranchise voters, by attempting to fool them into voting differently than they would have other wise done themselves.

True to my method of decision making I’ve discussed this with community members closely, my decision has been validated by almost everyone I’ve discussed it with.

A Central Coast University

It’s time for a University of the Central Coast.
Offshoot campuses of far flung Universities is no longer good enough.

Why? We have low educational attainment rates, low household incomes AND 40,000 commuters leave the region daily to find the jobs to keep their families going.

We are the 3rd largest region in NSW, the 9th largest in Australia and the only sizable region without a locally run University or TAFE.

A Central Coast University – focused on local industry development in for example; Arts, Food, Marine Science, Australian History, Advanced Manufacturing & Smart Cities would unquestionably develop local industry, investment, employment and opportunities for the region’s citizens young and old.

This local university policy is part of comprehensive plan for the Central Coast – A locally focused plan to build Central Coast industry, local employment and household incomes.

The decades old culture of political apologies and compromise has not served the region well.

See the the full suite of community created policies at the campaign website davidabrahams.com.au

A Central Coast Plan vs Election Promises

The Central Coast has suffered more than most regions as a result of the ugly battle between the two major political parties.

Promises, Promises

The parties are desperate, throwing around promises and commitments to spend our public money.

All this while the region suffers incredible challenges in family stress, housing, under-employment, telecommunications, roads & transport and the environment.

Yet these moribund political parties offer bits and pieces in the form of election promises, more often blaming each other for the very real problems in our region.

There is no planning, no complete consultation with community specialists, no public debate.

Instead we see party candidates jumping in front of cameras, holding big cheques or ‘hijacking’ community events, effectively dividing locals into two groups of for & against.

A Plan is Different

A plan is more than a word or a media stunt or a selfie in front of a community group.

A real plan requires research, discussion and debate. It needs discipline and the of building agreement.

A plan takes time and requires a large degree of intellectual honesty, sadly something that our political parties have all but abandoned.

A Plan is a strategy for the successful completion of a project goal.

The Central Coast suffers because there is no singular plan. There are at least three uncoordinated plans, one for each level of government.

The NSW government sees the Central Coast as a land use issue, primarily an overflow area for Sydney’s population boom.

The Federal Government sees the Central Coast as a place to save money. Pealing back hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure programs such as the NBN & Youth Training leaving the region hopelessly divided.

The local government has engaged in some serious planning processes and holds the greatest prospect for solutions in some areas.

Though the Council has yet to seek a mandate from locals on their plans. The political parties are starting to cause deep divisions within the council and that threatens to cause.


These observations have been formed watching all flavors of governments treat the region with political contempt. Leaving the Central Coast with a culture that discourages planning and encourages cheap political promises.

It was for this reason that in 2016 a team of locals started a legitimate non-party political planning process called the Community Plan Central Coast.

The CPCC process has resulted in a comprehensive 18 part policy plan, not a perfectly complete plan but a solid plan and a process that offers very real solutions that negates knee jerk policy by election promise.

How can I help make positive change?

People are asking how they can add their voice to a call for positive, sensible and real change. Defending our coastline is worth any effort you have.

I know not everyone can attend meetings and rallies or even spend time online following issues.

I’ve made this little video to encourage you to do something positive to stop PEP11, however small it seems. Please do add your heart and your voice to secure our coast.

Much can still be done to stop PEP11 – keep active, keep positive and help others understand.

Link though to public documents relating to PEP11.

Link though to Save Our Coast web site and petition page.

For your assistance I’ve created a contact page for many of the relevant MPs and government agencies. Write, ring or post to their social pages. Click here to view. 

You may have your own creative ideas to positively influence the debate. If so do share those with us and we’ll let others know. Every little bit helps.

Keep an eye on our events page.

Local Music Festival ‘taxed to death’

Mountain Sounds Festival cancelling a new low point in party politics. 

The Mountain Sounds Festival has been cancelled

The whole affair designed to divide the community pre-state election. 

The innovative young organisers, young attendees and performers crushed in the middle of the political shouting match. 

Reject division, reject divisive politics, build unity, build trust, solutions and believe in our young. 

Reject division!

A Gigabit City in Gosford

Gosford and surrounds has full fibre optic NBN broadband direct to the premises.

It’s now time to turn it on!

Yet, the government owned NBNCo is deliberately holding it back.

Sign the petition to Get a Gig for Gosford.

Gigabit internet is super way of attracting and building the industry and jobs of the future. It’s a no brainer in this Internet Age.

Let’s do this thing.

Change is possible.

Sign the petition here: https://myrepublic.net/au/petition/

Updates: Petroleum Exploration Permit 11

Thanks to the community of the Central Coast we have bought this to a head.

Our rally at Terrigal has been the catalyst that was required to help organise ourselves. Thank you to all the people and organisations involved. You are the true heroes of our community.

Thanks to your work it is now a hot political topic and so it should be, this advanced proposal is outrageous.

Some of the attendee at the PEP11 gathering at Terrigal on Sunday Feb 3, 2019

Clearly the federal regulator NOPSEMA feels that the Central Coast public are not worthy of a consultation. Newcastle is NOT the Central Coast. We will NOT be walked over again.

We must still stand united. We are yet to convince the Federal Labor and Liberal parties to join our united action to REVOKE PEP11. Why? I don’t know. Though it’s worth letting them know that we would like them to join our community campaign.

ABRAHAMS CALLS FOR UNIFIED POLITICAL OPPOSITION TO OIL & GAS RIGS

The Independent candidate for Robertson and local businessman, David Abrahams, today called for an end to all oil and gas exploration off the beaches of the Central Coast.

In an unusual development, Abrahams called on all parties for joint political action to stop further exploration for oil and gas and the revocation of the Federal Government’s Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 [PEP 11]. Mr Abrahams said, “No-one wants ruined fishing grounds and oily beaches, no-one wants oil-soaked pelicans, no-one wants a ruined surfing environment, no-one wants dead whales and dolphins on our conscience”.

Mr Abrahams asked, “ If none of us want these horrors, why not join together and show the Central Coast community that politicians can work together for the community and need not always be at each others’ throats competing, fighting, scoring cheap points. Mr Abrahams argued, “ I would like to see a joint deputation to the Prime Minister, comprising Lucy Wicks [Liberal], Ann Charlton [Labor], Cath Connor [Greens] and myself [Independent].

“The reasons for trashing PEP 11 are obvious”, said Mr Abrahams.

“ First, the history of oil exploration is littered with accidents that ruin environments for decades”.

“Second, Big Oil is a big contributor to perilous Global Warming and Australia needs to stop being the international pariah and start being a future orientated smart nation that leads, not follows”.

“Third, the Federal Committee overseeing the licence conditions NOPSEMA is deliberately preventing Central Coast residents’ views being taken into account by not holding any community consultations on the Central Coast. Instead holding briefings in difficult to access locations both in Newcastle and Sydney.” Mr Abrahams said,”

The Central Coast has much to lose with oil rigs dotted along our beaches and coast. PEP 11 is a bad plan. I suggest a good plan … a rare and unified political unity in defence of Central Coast interests would be a powerful act of community-based concern. Let’s do it.”


Authorised Media Statement: David Abrahams Independent Candidate for Robertson Comment.


Abrahams to run for Robertson

Hardys Bay resident Mr David Abrahams has announced he will run as an independent candidate in the 2019 federal election in the seat of Robertson.

Mr Abrahams announced his candidacy in Gosford on Thursday, December 13. Facing local media, he said he was “sick of party politics”. “Over the last 10 years, I have been involved in party politics and I think it is dysfunctional,” Mr Abrahams said. “I think most people on the Coast and most people in the nation agree that there is a high degree of dysfunction,” he said. “Parties are not in our constitution.

“The representative of the area is meant to be elected from the people of the area and answer directly to the people of the area and that is what I am going to go back to. “So it is back to the constitutional roots and have a good crack at being an independent candidate for the seat of Robertson.” Mr Abrahams acknowledged that his prospects against sitting Liberal Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks, Labor candidate Ms Anne Charlton and Greens candidate Ms Cath Connor, were “historically very low”.

“At the start of our Federation, we had a lot of independents before parties formed. “Parties aren’t necessary if you have strong independents. “ I am buoyed by Kerryn Phelps, Cathy McGowan, Andrew Wilkie and even Bob Katter. “These people deeply represent their electorates and I am aspiring to do the same thing. “I think the Central Coast in all my years of looking at it is very often compromised,” he said. Roads, telecommunications, TAFE and university, water supply and the threats of mining and gas exploration were areas of significant compromise, he said.

Mr Abrahams said he believed issues like Wallarah 2 coal mine and seismic testing off the Coast “all the way from Woy Woy to Newcastle”, were Robertson issues, even though not specifically located within the boundaries of the federal electorate of Robertson. He said the major parties were “rolling over and allowing that to happen and I will be putting a voice to stop that seismic testing that will kill the fishing grounds all along the Central Coast.”

Mr Abrahams said he had “divorced” from the Labor Party but his run as an independent was not based on “sour grapes”. “I am just disappointed with the Labor Party.”

He was critical of an online voting process for selection of delegates for the Labor Party National Conference, stating that he believed the online voting process was “rigged” and “hacked” and that the party chose not to do anything about the flaws he had uncovered. “So I can’t be in that sort of organisation.

“The Local Members here are wonderful, in fact, in the Liberal Party, the Labor Party and the Greens. “However, the Local Members here are ignored entirely. “All policy that gets sent up from the Local Members here in all the parties, by and large, gets ignored, and I think that is a corrosive process.”

In terms of how he will direct his preference, Mr Abrahams said he was supporting the policies put together for the local government election under the Community Plan Central Coast. “There are 18 policies that I was part of developing with a broad spectrum of political voters and those policies will be basis of the plan that I will take to the electorate,” he said.

SOURCE: Coast Community News Interview, 13 Dec 2018 David Abrahams, Independent for Robertson Reporter: Jackie Pearson