The village of Uki is set to become the next CSG-free community of the northern rivers with a meeting tomorrow, Saturday, to garner support for the move.
The meeting, to be held at Uki Hall from 3pm, gives locals the opportunity to say whether they want their roads and community CSG-free.
The meeting is the first step in the popular CSG-free Communities initiative by the national Lock the Gate alliance. Meetings are followed by surveys of residents along local roads and a community celebration to announce the road declarations and present them to their local mayors.
Tweed’s Lock the Gate spokesman Michael McNamara said surveying residents ‘gives the results strength and authority as the legitimate voice of the community’.
‘The average level of support for the initiative across the nearly 20 communities across the northern rivers that have already completed the road surveys is running at approximately 96 per cent,’ Mr McNamara said.
‘Other communities in the Tweed that have already conducted the road surveys are Tyalgum (98 per cent) and Crystal Creek (over 90 per cent). The final figure for Crystal Creek will be publicly announced at its community celebration on Sunday 29 July.
Tyalgum held its celebration last month, while the Upper Tweed Valley, Bilambil and Chillingham are part-way through implementing the initiative.
Other meetings planned include: Tumbulgum, Monday 23 July, at the community hall from 7pm; Burringbar/Crabbes Creek/Mooball, Tuesday 24 July at Burringbar Sports Club from 7pm; and Stokers Siding on Thursday 26 July at the community hall from 7pm.
A follow-up/implementation meeting will be held at Chillingham Community Hall from 7pm on Wednesday 25 July.