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Govt should take heed of forum

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It was great to hear the number of informed citizens at the Northern Rivers Have Your Say forum in Ballina on Tuesday 21 March express their opposition to coal-seam gas mining in our region. It was also heartening to witness the near-unanimous support for renewable energies like wind and solar to be part of the government’s Regional Action Plan.

Despite some speakers at the forum ignorantly linking coal-seam gas to the fuel used in people’s cars, the overall transport vision was to improve public transport services, especially by restoring the Casino–Murwillumbah rail link for commuter use.

Furthermore, dismay was expressed at the government’s lack of vision to turn NSW into a mining pit, based on short-term profit aimed at overseas export. Instead, government has a real opportunity to invest in a renewable energies future by promoting the rapid rollout of solar and wind technologies, which provide long-term sustainable jobs for the region and positions us as number one in taking action on climate change.

If the government holds true to its promise of accountability, it must act upon the attendees’ recommendations and take real action to end CSG mining in our region, remove subsidies to the mining industry and begin the rapid transition to renewable-energy technologies in order to avert catastrophic climate change.

Adam Guise, Lismore


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