At a community celebration held at Mt Burrell on Sunday declarations of roads in the area as CSG-free were presented to Tweed mayor Barry Longland.
The upper Tweed Valley communities of Doon Doon, Mt Burrell and Kunghur are the latest to declare themselves CSG-free, and follow similar declarations in Nimbin Valley last weekend.
More than 96 per cent of residents surveyed in the upper Tweed Valley want their community to be CSG-free, according to Lock the Gate – Tweed spokesperson Michael McNamara.
Mr McNamara also said that the growing community calls for the Tweed shire to be CSG-free were putting pressure on candidates in the Tweed shire council elections to declare their hands.
‘It is time for council candidates to let the community know what they will do, if elected, to reflect these strong community views.
‘There are strong, positive actions that councils can take to protect the community from the threat of CSG exploration and production.
‘When Burringbar, Uki, Chillingham and Stokers Siding hold their community celebrations over the next few weekends we will have communities covering well over 50 per cent of the land area of the Tweed shire involved.
‘The CSG-free Communities initiative has given communities an opportunity denied to them by the government and the CSG companies – to actually have a say.
‘These declarations of communities as CSG-free are backed up by hard data, which gives them extra strength as the legitimate voice of the community.
‘Communities covering almost all of Arrow Energy’s exploration licence in the Tweed have made it clear that the company has no “social licence” to operate here.
‘I invite anyone interested in implementing the CSG-free Communities initiative in their community to contact me on 6679 3013 or by email at [email protected] to organise a community meeting.’