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Uki votes to be CSG-free

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The CSG-free Communities snowball is rolling along.

The village of Uki south-west of Murwillumbah is the latest community in the Tweed Valley to take up the CSG-free Communities initiative after a meeting of 110 locals unanimously endorsed it for their local area.

The group nutted out details for surveying residents on their roads.

Co-ordinator for the initiative Michael McNamara was thrilled with the turnout saying it demonstrated ‘the strong level of concern among local residents about the possibility of coal-seam gas industry coming into the beautiful Tweed Valley’.

Mr McNamara, the Tweed’s Lock the Gate alliance spokesman, said the road surveys ‘gave substance to the initiative by ensuring all local residents over 16 years had a say about the proposed industrialisation of their rural community’.

‘We will hold a follow-up meeting next Saturday at 3pm in the Uki Community Hall to support the co-ordinators of the survey and to allow a chance for those who could not attend the first meeting to find out what it is all about.

At an upcoming ‘Day of Celebration’, the village will present the declarations of their roads as CSG-free to the Tweed mayor Barry Longland.

Other community meetings to kick off the CSG-free initiative will be held at Tumbulgum hall on Monday 30 July, Burringbar Sports Club on Tuesday 31 July, and Stokers Siding hall on Thursday 2 August, with all meetings starting at 7pm.

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