Sign gas is not welcome at Mullumbimby

CSG-FREE: Anti-gas protesters show their support for the new sign outside Mullumbimby.
CSG-FREE: Anti-gas protesters show their support for the new sign outside Mullumbimby. Contributed

A MERRY throng of campaigners turned up last weekend to celebrate the official launch of the Mullumbimby Gasfield-Free (GFF) sign.

Placed at the eastern approach to the town, passing motorists tooted their support to the group.

The GFF signs, which are appearing all over the shire, are the culmination of the Lock the Gate door-to-door surveys undertaken throughout the shire over the past year.

"A renewed threat to the shire has emerged with Metgasco signalling they want to recommence exploration activities on the North Coast, starting in Bentley, just the other side of Lismore, next year," Mullumbimby GFF co-ordinator Deborah Lilly said.

"One gas mining foothold will spread over the Coast like cancer, threatening our groundwater, fertility and climate with noxious chemicals, vapours and noise and eyesore infrastructure. We really need to keep up the pressure on the politicians.

"Will the NSW Minister for the North Coast, Don Page, please demonstrate willingness to protect the North Coast from CSG?"

On a recent visit to Canberra, Lock the Gate's regional co-ordinator Ian Gaillard met with Federal Industry Minister Ian McFarlane.

"This has now become a test of democracy. We have an overwhelming majority across the Northern Rivers opposed to gas field development," Mr Gaillard said. Two new documentary films, A Fractured Country and Undermining Australia, will be shown at 6.30pm on Friday, November 15, at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall.


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