Photo Amelia Hicks
Around 200 people turned out at a community forum in Ballina on Tuesday night to let the government know what Northern Rivers residents want as part of their Regional Action Plan. Everywhere you looked there was a ‘No Gas’ badge or a ‘Don’t FRACK with us’ t-shirt.
A new brand of superhero, Girls Against Gas, were there as well fighting the evil that is coal-seam gas with their sunny yellow capes.
One of the environmental-crime fighters, Amelia Hicks, commented on the proceedings for Echonetdaily.
‘There was a clear and near unanimous view from those present: implement CSG moratorium (not just on fracking); reopen the Casino to Murwillumbah rail link; protect agricultural farmland and water; and support for the mass rollout of renewables for job creation and to avert catastrophic climate change.
‘Despite this overwhelming support, the government representatives still managed to sideline our top priorities in their summary, put up at the end of the night. Their language could only be described as Orwellian when they said “more information on CSG” and “extend the moratorium” [the ineffective and token fracking moratorium]. And there was no mention of rolling out renewables for our region to bring jobs. So in my opinion, a token consultation.
‘The coalition government are not listening to the people. They voted against the moratorium and now they think that a token consultation process will placate this social movement. It won’t. We are the youth of this area and this is our future. We want clean, sustainable jobs and the protection of our tourism industry and agricultural land. They can expect to see the Girls Against Gas everywhere!’