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I refer to the article wherein Stuart George has decreed protesters will be banned from future Casino Beef Week parades – Echonetdaily 11 July.

Come on, Stuie, this sounds as if it’s the swan song of the George family and the National Party!

Or is it payback to Georgina Ramsay’s letter in the June edition of Nimbin Good Times about her experience at Beef Week outside the pub as she left the parade when your mate tried to trip her up and then called her a F*%@+#g Greenie bitch?

To get rid of the political agenda, Stuie, you should step down from Metgasco and also from being Councillor George Stuart. Oops, so sorry, I must be mixing you up with the character in CSG The Musical – I mean Cr Stuart George of Richmond Valley Council and Beef Week. Go get a job where politics are not an issue, and save the face of the George family. Look at what you have done to your poor old Dad. You’ve ruined his political career and now he has to hide behind a cardboard cut-out in his Lismore office window.

What about the Summerland Drags float in Beef Week? This flies in the face of the aviation community at Casino aerodrome and has nothing to do with farming. And what about the Metgasco float loaded with drilling pipes. Are you going to ban these floats as well? Metgasco is certainly not community oriented, and CSG is definitely against all forms of farming.

Are you and the Beef Week committee afraid that Metgasco and FEDC will pull their sponsorship of Beef Week? After all, Metgasco and its Shannon Brook holding ponds construction company, FEDC, have been throwing sponsorship money at more community events than I’ve had hot dinners. Poor old Roger at Coraki Radio 88.9FM has his lips sealed and daren’t utter a word about CSG on air for fear of losing the sponsorships given to Summerland Drags, Lismore Speedway, Jukebox Lismore Inc and all the rest. Metgasco hasn’t earned a cent to date, yet it has been throwing shareholders’ money around like water.

There was nothing for kids to be afraid of at Beef Week on the Lock the Gate float, as the kids had seen it all before. It was merely 40 people holding up five rows of bamboo farm gates. So, come on, Stuie, show us those letters, emails and records of who phoned you, as I think you are a bull artist and should go in the ring at Beef Week.


Margaret Howes, Empire Vale


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  1. Margaret ; Do you have a list of the local events that accept donations from CSG company`s ? Just so us that wish too can oppose & boycott them.
    Regards : BinnaBurra Mick

  2. Hang On! If this IS the same Stuart George that works for Metgasco, I would think that part of his job description would involve community engagement? Perhaps he should ask the community if they find the anti-CSG message offensive? Unfortunately, the community don’t have the corporate dollars behind them that the mining companies have, and have to rely upon community events to get their views across. Using positions of power to silence those that oppose your personal views is a dangerous road to go down, Mr George!

  3. The Richmond River Express Examiner 11th July 2012 states that Casino Beef Week committee put the question “What would you change to improve Beef Week?” to festival goers, and that 11% of respondents “said that they wanted no political protests”.

    It also states that all politically motivated protests or floats will be banned from taking part in future Beef Week parades after an “avalanche” of complaints from festival goers, and that Beef Week president Stuart George said “the Beef Week office fielded an avalanche of complaints after the parade from festival-goers upset that politics had infiltrated the family orientated festival”, and “People were all saying the same thing.”

    So they are quoted as specifically saying that this comment emanated from Stuart George himself.


    An avalanche?

    Great to see your commitment to democracy Mr George. You would make a great politician in China, or Iraq, or North Korea, or cold war Russia even. But Australia in the 21st Century? Thomas, did you instill this respect for democracy in your son?

    How about the other 89% who have NOT nominated political protests as something requiring change at Beef Week? Shouldn’t you go wish the majority view Mr George?

    If not, I back Margaret’s point that Metgasco should be banned from having a float at Beef Week. After all, the vast majority of beef farmers seem to be saying they are opposed to CSG in the Richmond Valley. If you can’t see that, your father might at the next election.

    RIP National Party politicians.


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