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Originally published 05Mar2014


meetings, rally, march, Polly H & Scott L

Newsletter 147 – 5th March 2014

Contents: NBN tower: Thurs; GAS affinity meeting: Friday; Cape Byron Marine Sanctuary RALLY Sat: March in March, Scott Ludlum"s speech, Polly Higgins

THURS 6 MARCH – MULLUM FORUM – UNITING CHURCH HALL, DALLEY STREET for talk on Wireless Radiation, NBN Tower and Electropollution.
6pm share a plate – 7 pm talk featuring NBN Tower proposed for Main Arm. Submissions open till 17 March – how to write a submission to Byron Shire Council.
See also FB: North Coast NBN Tower Action Group – interesting info!


All those opposed to CSG called to Action

To date, a core group of locals and action orientated people have successfully resisted any development or delivery of machinery and infrastructure to the Bentley site. It is time now for Byron Shire residents, all of us 97-99% to inject some energy, develop some strategy and have some fun at home or on site, a beautiful, council approved camp site just 1hour west of the Shire.

With arrival of a drill rig imminent at Bentley, an invitation to meet and network this Friday 7th is extended to all at 6pm Mullumbimby Community Gardens. This will follow a swap party planned for the garden and Wood fired pizza will be available for dinner.

The aims of the meet are to establish affinity groups called Pods, to discuss the many diverse tactics we Byron residents can take to support the Bentley protest and prevent fracking of our area. Pods can be as diverse as your imagination, ie the placard pod, fun pod, food pod, healing pod, lock on pod, media/promotion pod, car pooling pod, ukelele pod, cabaret/theatre pod etc. Think of the international coverage, success and quirky ideas of the Knitting Nanas Against Gas. Doing what they love with a cause.

Friday nights meet will be followed up by a carpool convoy and optional camp over on Saturday 8th so we can check in and give some support to those holding the fort on the front line. Saturday"s meeting point; behind the Bangalow pub at 3pm.

Protest site address: 15km from Lismore on road to Kyogle, Cnr of Bentley and Bungabee Rd.

Metgasco has convened a Community Meeting concerning the Bentley drill on Thursday March 13th 10am – 12pm at Metgasco‘s Casino Office. Some community representatives have been invited and please consider joining the expected crowd that will be assembling outside.


SAT 8 MARCH – 12 noon – Byron Main Beach
A small window of opportunity exists to save the Cape Byron Marine Park SANCTUARY – which the community fought hard to create. Sanctuary zones include the rocky headlands and beaches around Cape Byron, Wategos, The Pass and Tallows, which provide habitat for a diversity of marine life, including dolphins, turtles and fish - allowing them to feed and reach sexual maturity without pressure from fishing.
This is only the first stage of the Government's 'review' of marine parks, so areas like Julian Rocks (renowned for its threatened species and world-class diving) could also soon be at risk. We still have a chance to stop our State Government making this ridiculous decision. We will be calling on local member Don Page to stand up and oppose this controversial plan before it is approved. See FB page

MARCH IN MARCH is happening all over Australia 15-17 March.

SUNDAY 16 MARCH: BYRON BAY – meet up 10.45 Bay Street to march to Railway Park This is a political demonstration against the federal government and its Draconian policies. Now supported by Byron Shire Council thanks to Cr Basil Cameron"s motion, details will be notified on BSC website soon and check next week"s Echo, also supporting.

Wonderful! How cool is Scott as he delivers this gob-smacker!!

Mullum Civic Hall, Sat 15th March, 7pm
Polly Higgins" (lawyer, author, activist, speaker) talk on Mother Nature"s Rights in discussion with Aiden Rickets, University Law Lecturer, and Hans Lovejoy, Editor, the Byron Shire Echo.
Polly says we need to shift our paradigm away from restrictive legislation that just protects corporate interests to legislation that protects us as well as the planet
3; and she offers a way for us to eradicate ecocide. See her TEDX talk and

CAKES!! Please will you help support us to support Polly! Yet again, I am asking for cakes and savouries and help in the kitchen. I will be coordinating the kitchen again, and if you"d pledge something, please let me know 66843723 so I don"t panic at the last minute. Polly will be starting her tour with WOMADelaide next week.

Bentley Red Alert emails
An email address is now available for those wishing to receive email advices of red alerts regarding Metgasco‘s Bentley drill site. This will not be used to send out news, but only for alerts when action is on or pending. People can send their email address to :
Bentley Red Alerts Mobile phone Texts
If you would like to receive a ―red alert warning text‖ on your mobile phone for you to be called out when there is Metgasco activity at the drill site, then text your name and # to 0447399535 – (This number is only a text receiving number).

CLIMATE PROOFING YOUR INVESTMENTS: Moving Funds out of Fossil Fuels (they increase risks, not returns)


QUOTE: "We don"t need any more National Parks!" (guess who?) and another: "Pray for rain" (Abbott"s climate change policy)

GFFBS website:
New FB page: Gasfield Free Byron Shire (put in the spaces)

BPN: contact

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