Members of the Richmond Valley Group Against Gas will join with other northern rivers farmers and landholders in the Beef Week parade on Saturday, where they will walk united in a float with a food-security theme this weekend.
The overwhelmingly positive reaction to the CSG-free northern rivers campaign and the recent rally in Lismore sends a clear message that coal-seam gas and other kinds of unconventional gas mining do not have the social licence they need to operate here,’ said Richmond Valley GAG spokesperson Dean Draper.
‘Our farms have been sustaining Casino for generations. It’s important we support the farmers to allow them to continue to do that.
‘In our region there’s a mixture of cattle farmers and cropping along with many people who live sustainably. Unconventional gas mining threatens our food-producing land and our community.
‘Farmers with concerns about this industry coming on to their land or into their region need to get vocal. Tell your politicians, tell your neighbours,’ said Mr Draper.
‘Farmers in other areas of NSW and QLD are speaking out against the gas-mining industry because of the negative impacts they are experiencing. The farmers of the northern rivers need to get together and stop it before it gets to that here.’
‘Without access to clean water I can’t do my job,’ says farmer Alan Collins, who breeds beef cattle in the Richmond Valley.
‘Coal-seam gas mining with its problems with aquifer drawdown and contamination has no place in our farming region. I will be joining the Lock the Gate float at Beef Week to show my concerns and my support of the Lock the Gate campaign.’
For more information or to join the parade contact Dean Draper 02 6667 1262.