Originally published 11Mar2014
Ecocide gig, Bentley rosters, Lock the Gate update
11 March 2014
POLLY HIGGINS ERADICATING ECOCIDE
SAT 15th MARCH 7pm MULLUM CIVIC
Ms Higgins in discussion with Hans Lovejoy of the Echo and Aiden Rickets, SCU Lecturer and author of The Activists Handbook in the big hall let"s fill it!! Excellent raffle prizes include balloon ride and $200 voucher from Crystal Castle.
Cakes and savouries are needed yet again! Thanks for all your support, proceeds from these help us to put on gigs like this, which need upfront investment ie hall costs. If you need cash for ingredients, call me 66843723. Also please let me know if you can pledge a dish for the night. Check the lovely banner on Echonetdaily!
MARCH IN MARCH BYRON BAY
SUN 16 MARCH 10.45 AM BAY STREET to express no confidence" in Abbott government, Bring a banner to make a splash.
BENTLEY SUPPORT WEEKLY MEETING OF LOCALS AT COMMUNITY GARDENS 5 -7 Fridays
Pods, or informal affinity groups of locals willing to support BENTLEY ie fundraising pod, ukulele pod, theatrical/clowning pod, promotion pod, public meeting with music and film pod, Acts of Creative Resistance to CSG pod . . . rock up and share your ideas. We need people to share this load, make it fun and broadranging.
WEEKLY ROSTER of BYRON SHIRIES going to BENTLEY is being organised (with car pooling) for Tues overnight and Wednesdays they desperately need our good neighbourliness. Social dynamics at Bentley has had its ups and downs and now its really good.
LETTERS TO THE PRESS NEEDED! 3 or 4 letters each week for next few weeks. Jan Barham recommends we also write to Fred Nile eg: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/santos-coal-seam-gas-project-contaminates-aquifer-20140307-34csb.html
or go to coalseamgasnews.org if you need inspiration.
PREPARE FOR BENTLEY BLOCKADE AT NON VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION WORKSHOP
Lismore Workers Club Thursday 13 March 6pm sharp 9 pm presented by Lismore Cr Simon Clough and Adam Guise LTG Regional Coordinator how to be a smart protester, roleplays, social movements and your Rights and the Law.
LOCK THE GATE ON THE FINANCIAL BRINK ....
LTG is in financial difficulties. To become self-sufficient they need a big data base of supporters (like for Oxfam or Greenpeace) specifically, 750 people giving monthly donation of $30 or so: http://www.lockthegate.org.au/regular_donations
But first we need a small crack volunteer data-entry team that can transcribe onto spreadsheets the contacts details of people who want to receive updates.
We are looking for reliable people who are accurate at adding data to spreadsheets.
This job will appeal to some because they can do it at home. It would be ideal if we could engage people who are not already too busy in Action Groups.
We urgently need this to help grow the movement by pulling a small, crack data team together.
We'll be holding an initial briefing on Wed 12th March 4.30 in Lismore.
If you know someone who would be good at this, and is keen and reliable, could you ask them to call Annie Kia 02 66 886-260
LISMORE PUBLIC MEETING TUES 11 MARCH 7.30pm LISMORE WORKERS CLUB
CROWDFUNDING: Please Help Fund the Protest again Metgasco's Gas Drilling in the Northern Rivers
Visit our crowdfunding project: Stop Bentley Gas Exploration Now! at http://bit.ly/1mWkIP8
Metgasco, a Sydney based gas exploration and production company, has returned to the Northern Rivers and now plans are underway to drill a 2 kilometre deep well in a tight sands gas deposit just 14 kilometres upstream from Lismore. Funds are needed to cover costs for campaign strategies such as media and rallies, protest camp and legal fees. This is a crowdfunding project set up on the Rainforest Information Centre's new Rainforest Connections website. 100% of funds raised will go towards the campaign and all donations are tax deductible.
Check out updates on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rosellagasfield
When the Heat is On!
Psychological Skills and Emotional Wellbeing
March 22nd from 9AM-1PM
Bungabee Road, Bentley (take the Kyogle road from Lismore and the protest camp is clearly marked on the right hand side)
Many in the Northern Rivers are standing up against unconventional gas exploration. Our attention now is on Metgasco's plans to drill a 2km deep tight sands gas well at Bentley, just 14kms upstream from Lismore CBD. For those working to halt these activities we need good skills to keep ourselves feeling well, to communicate skillfully with others, to think clearly and to act effectively. The work of Deep Ecology, Non Violent Communication and Ecopsychology are combined in this workshop on communicating in difficult situations, self care, emotional support and resilence for those involved in working for a gasfield free Northern Rivers. Facilitated by Ruth Rosenhek and Paulette Bray Narai
SCOTT LUDLUM WELCOMES TONY ABBOTT SPEECH
In case you missed this brilliant speech, here"s a link http://www.greenswa.org.au/scott_welcomes_abbott_to_wa
FIGHT FOR THE REEF PETITION: http://fightforthereef.org.au/whats-behind-closed-doors
KNITTING NANAS in BALLINA (Don Page's office) - Tuesdays 9 11am come and learn a useful skill.
NBN TOWER, MAIN ARM submissions to Byron Shire Council close 17 March. I"ll provide an outline next newsletter.
QUOTE: Scott Ludlum: "Every time Abbott opens his mouth, the Green vote goes up"
GFFBS website: http://www.gasfieldfreebyronshire.org
New FB page: Gasfield Free Byron Shire (put in the spaces)
BPN: contact firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.facebook.com/BetterPlanningNetwork/
NBN TOWER: FB: North Coast NBN Tower Action Group; mullumwifi.com