Bentley's angel goes to Byron for dawn rally against CSG

The Bentley Angel sculpture was raised on the main beach at Byron Bay at dawn on Saturday in a show of peaceful community protest against invasive gasfields in the Northern Rivers.
The Bentley Angel sculpture was raised on the main beach at Byron Bay at dawn on Saturday in a show of peaceful community protest against invasive gasfields in the Northern Rivers. Contributed

THE Bentley Angel sculpture was raised on Byron's Main Beach at dawn on Saturday in a show of peaceful community protest against Coal Seam Gas extraction.

The Angel was a centrepiece at the Bentley Blockade, a widespread community campaign against unconventional gas extraction, which was in full swing this time last year, Lock the Gate spokeswoman Elly Bird said.

The Angel represents the communities' desire to keep the region free from the new industry, she said.

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The Saturday morning crowd also heard music from Steve Andrews and talks from landholders from the Bentley area, she said.

In the approach to the March 28 State election the dawn meeting was also about keeping the community focussed on the issue, she said.

"It was a call to the Northern Rivers community - don't give up the fight to keep your homes, families, land and water safe from gas fields," Ms Bird said.

The Labor party, the Greens and independents have committed to making the Northern Rivers gas-field free, if they win the election, she said.

"With two weeks until the election, we need the LNP to promise no unconventional gas developments in the Northern Rivers and a commitment to make it law within their first six months," she said.

In 2012, a survey of the Lismore local area found an overwhelming majority of residents (87%) said that they do not want to live in a gasfield.

There was also a 12-hour concert in support of a CSG-Free Northern Rivers at the Red Devil's Clubhouse in Byron Bay from 10am. Performers were Lisa Hunt, A Little Province, Hottentots, Camel Tones and No Frills Twins.


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