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April 19, 2024

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A quiet day in Bruns after arrests and lock-ons

Though no machinery arrived at Wallum this morning, contractors and police were on the development site at Brunswick Heads as well as dozens of Save Wallum protesters. 

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Wallum showdown unfolds in Brunswick Heads

Around eight people have been arrested so far, since almost fifty police arrived at the Wallum development in Brunswick Heads this morning to escort machinery and other work vehicles on to the site. Police include local officers, members of the NSW Public Order and Riot Squad, and Police Rescue.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell has said the council is powerless to stop planned coal-seam gas exploration on council land in Rock Valley.

Ms Dowell said that although council is opposed to coal-seam gas mining in any circumstances, the most it is empowered to do is to ensure certain requirements are met and levy a small access fee.

Council staff had previously issued approval for Metgasco to explore the region without councillors’ knowledge. But that permission was rescinded back in November after local anti-CSG activist Wanda Halden from Rock Valley GAS Rangers discovered the approval and approached the mayor about it.


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