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Originally published 20Feb2013

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Newsletter 124
20 February 2013


Greetings


BYRON E-ZONES - UNDER DIRE THREAT


YOUR SUPPORT MUCH NEEDED

Drop in to MULLUM CIVIC HALL

This THURS 21st FEB 11 – 2pm and 4 – 7pm


Q: What"s an E-Zone?

A: It"s a beauty spot which has been protected thanks to efforts of dedicated community-minded people; native vegetation, a wildlife corridor or waterway riparian zone. Now the state gov, bless their souls, are hungry for more development and want to remove our hard won protections for these ecologically important places. These zones may be wanted for csg mining.

Check picture of Byron Shire areas currently under E-Zone review (read threat) at http://www.northcoastnature.org.au/other/byron-e-zone-day-tips and scroll down the page till you see the map of Byron Shire. Shock horror marked in red. It"s a great website - read HOME PAGE too.


YOUR OPINION IS IMPORTANT!!

Drop into the Mullum Civic on Thursday, find out what"s in store, let them know what YOU think. OR comment online: http://www.northcoastnature.org.au/review-submission

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METGASCO RIG ARRIVES AT DOUBTFUL CREEK VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq1Kuejo43E Taxpayer funded police force doing some forcing.

See also Drew Hutton on ABC Stateline http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-08/lock-the-gate-campaigner-speaks-on-csg-protest/4509436



NSW NVDA tactics impress in the UK. http://frack-off.org.uk/direct-action-used-by-blockaders-in-new-south-wales/ http://frack-off.org.uk/civil-disobedience-will-be-outcome-of-dash-for-gas/



CSG REFORMS FOR URBANES, HORSE STUDS AND WINERIES

O"Farrell has conceded to community pressure, his style, and has promised a 2km protection zone from csg drilling around urban areas, horse studs and wineries. Big deal! Is this about city votes and protecting tax dollars from alcohol and gambling addictions - and how much will that protect our farmland, waterways and wildlife? O"Farrell priorities? Ha! A (less cynical) very informative newsletter, with lots of links to news items, is available from csgfreenr.lismore@gmail.com

What about the bush, O"Farrell? PLEASE REVOKE ALL CSG LICENCES.



BRIAN MONK"s TOLUENE TESTING APPEAL, TARA QLD

Gasbusters Lismore are having a car boot sale in March to raise funds for Brian"s testing of toxic substances appeal. Brian"s family & neighbours have been severely affected by csg air & water impacts; they are the canaries in the gasmine. Have you got old clothes & stuff to contribute to help this important research which will provide crucial data in the ongoing campaign. Contact John 0447458012 or nolliejoy (@) internode.on.net



ABC"S BACKGROUND BRIEFING – toxic ‘legacy water" from mines 17 Feb Excellent programme http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/

Check their website for pictures of the colourful water, the first link Qld"s Toxic Dee River has amazing pics.



UNCLE KEVIN BOOTHA – GITHABUL ELDER SPEAKS PASSIONATELY AT CEDAR POINT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylVST39oOpU "This is a time when the wind of our ancestors is blowing across this land. We have sat dormant in exile in our own country, seeing what we saw in a virgin state now being destroyed before our very eyes . . ." More background of this story at http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2012/12/02/a-sacred-githabul-site-in-kyogle-set-to-be-destroyed/

Please sign petition to save Cedar Point: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_a_known_and_acknowledged_Aboriginal_Sacred_site_being_turned_into_a_quarry/ Next vigil meeting 24 February.



CAMDEN (Inner West of Sydney) AGL GAS PROJECT


STAGE 3 NORTHERN EXPANSION CANCELLED

Brad Hazzard has made a small concession (thanks to his Lismore experience?) and ‘cancelled" Stage 3 expansion. Anthony Albanese sent me an email about this headed "We won on csg". However Alan Jones says AGL have ‘suspended the plan to drill 66 csg wells in the area" because they are under people"s houses and asks why they are not being abandoned altogether. He"s worth a listen:


Alan Jones talks to Drew Hutton about coal seam gas mining and the Maules Creek mine approval. http://www.2gb.com/audioplayer/7281


Meanwhile, Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke on Monday granted conditional approval for the coal seam methane gas project at Gloucester on the state's mid-north coast. http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-business/agl-welcomes-csg-project-approval-20130212-2e9pv.html



LOCAL NEWS: Byron CSG-Free public meeting on Sat 23rd Feb 2 – 5 pm at new Sports Centre. Myocum/Tyagarah new group starting up will have a table at the Byron meeting where those wishing to become involved can connect (or email me). Mullum survey – results so far indicate community are saying ‘yes" to being gasfield-free.


Southern Cross Uni TRANSPORT SURVEY https://scuau.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0J1GIHqqaBOcalDhttps://scuau.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0J1GIHqqaBOcalD takes you to a survey SCU is carrying out on public and community transport. Simply click the arrow at bottom R to start. It"s about 10 Qs & doesn't take long. Will this help bring trains back?


QUOTE: Even in evolution, the evidence now shows that change is not a seamless, gradual process but one of sudden, dramatic shifts. Small incremental changes reach a tipping point. Starhawk: Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising.

Cheers
Deb

PS Hello to Guy in Bundaberg, embarking on a csg-free mission. Keep dry!



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More Information:
http://www.csgfreenorthernrivers.org/
http://coalseamgasnews.org/
http://www.keerronggassquad.org/
http://www.gasileaks.com/
http://lockthegate.org.au/
http://www.stoppilligacoalseamgas.com.au/
http://www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/coal-mining-and-coal-seam-gas
http://www.abc.net.au/news/specials/coal-seam-gas-by-the-numbers/
http://stop-csg-illawarra.org/
http://www.ccag.org.au/
http://bimblebox.org/
http://ntn.org.au/
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=561260378#!/CsgFreeNorthernRivers
http://www.youtube.com/user/csgfreenr/videos



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