Anti-CSG protesters at Metgasco’s gas test well at Bentley were greeted by a strange sight yesterday morning.
Last week volunteers built a small set of steps on sloping a roadside verge adjacent to the site to ensure better comfort and safety for protesters of all ages and abilities.
Yesterday, four Richmond Valley Council workers, a truck and an excavator were deployed to remove them.
A bemused protester said he was told they were being removed on the grounds that ‘they didn’t meet Australian design standards’.
The protester told Echonetdaily he ‘expected this whole hillside will now become a treacherous slippery track and safety hazard for protesters, forcing us onto the even more dangerous roadway below’.
Echonetdaily has emailed Richmond Valley Council for an official explanation and is awaiting their response.