Mullumbimby Gas Field Signs are Officially Launched
Deborah Lilly and Mullumbimby residents celebrate the new no CSG signs in the town
A merry turnout of campaigners rocked up to celebrate the official
launch of the Mullumbimby Gasfield-Free (GFF) sign at the eastern
approach to the town while passing motorists peeped their support.
The GFF signs, which are popping up all over the shire, are the
culmination of the Lock the Gate door-to-door surveys undertaken
throughout the shire over the last year.
Mullumbimby GFF coordinator, Deborah Lilly said "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. One gasmining foothold will spread over the Coast like cancer threatening our groundwater, fertility and climate with noxious chemicals, vapours, noise and eyesore infrastructure" she said.
"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?" urged Ms Lilly. Meanwhile, on a recent visit to Canberra, Lock the Gate"s Regional Coordinator, Ian Gaillard, meeting with the Federal Industry Minister Ian McFarlane, said "This has now become a test of democracy, we have an overwhelming majority across the Northern Rivers opposed to gasfield development, including the Federal MPs for Richmond and Page who come from different sides of politics. Its time for state and federal governments to listen to the community rather than to the industry lobbyists and stop this unwanted industrial invasion", concluded Mr Gaillard.
For an update on gas and coal mining, two new documentary films will be shown at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall on Friday 15th November at 6.30pm; "A Fractured Country" and "Undermining Australia".