John Watts retired from legal practice in mid-2017 after working in Sydney for many years as a barrister and before that, as a solicitor. John and his wife Sue moved to Gloucester a few years ago whilst John continued to work part-time.
Soon after moving to Gloucester John became concerned about the proposal by AGL to construct a coal seam gas field in the beautiful Gloucester valley. John realised that the CSG field would destroy the character of Gloucester and as time passed, he became more heavily involved in the opposition to the gas field. Apart from the environmental impact John was shocked by the way a small community was being treated by AGL and the NSW Government. He has recounted the community campaign in The Town That Said No to AGL.