NO DIRTY MONEY: James Anastassiadis of Safety Fence Australia, turned down lucrative deal.
NO DIRTY MONEY: James Anastassiadis of Safety Fence Australia, turned down lucrative deal. Contributed

Fencing companies take a stand, reject Metgasco contracts

TWO Byron Shire temporary fencing suppliers have made a stand against gas mining by knocking back a large contract offered by Metgasco.

James Anastassiadis of Safety Fence Australia, Brunwick Heads, said he was approached by the mining company to supply 1.5km of temporary fencing for the mining site at Bentley, but rejected the contract.

"It would have been the most lucrative contract of my career, but for me it's not about money," he said.

"I'd rather live in a clean environment and have a healthy conscience.

"I've done a lot of research about what's going on here, in America and in other parts of the world, and it's just totally wrong. It's just a filthy industry and I totally disagree with it."

Another Byron Shire contractor, Byron Hire, also rejected the contract to supply Metgasco.

"Even though the contract was worth over $5000, some things are more important than money," a representative said.

Metgasco CEO Peter Henderson declined to comment.


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