BALLINA Nationals' candidate, Kris Beavis has released a statement saying the Nationals are the only party "taking practical steps to promote and protect healthy communities".
"The people of Ballina deserve to know how Mr Spooner plans to tackle key environmental issues such as preventing CSG in Ballina, while encouraging sport and other healthy outdoor activities," Mr Beavis said.
He goes on to accuse Mr Spooner of making "motherhood statements and catchy slogans" on the environment without any policy delivery.
"Last time Labor were in government there was a CSG licence free-for-all that saw Ballina blanketed with Petroleum Exploration Licences covering vast swathes of our community," he said.
Paul Spooner said Labor had made it unequivocally clear that they would cancel all CSG licences in the Northern Rivers if elected.
"It's a bit rich for the Nationals to be claiming they are protecting the Northern Rivers from CSG ...They have just renewed Dart Energy's licence over the North Coast, which still includes a portion of the Ballina electorate," he said.
"Labor has listened to the electorate and will be ensuring the North Coast protects its environmental quality, agricultural output and tourism industry."
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