The Upper Tweed Valley, consisting of the communities of Mt Burrell, Kunghur and Doon Doon, will celebrate their declaration as CSG-free on Sunday 26 August between 11am and 1pm at the Sphinx Rock Cafe at Mt Burrell.
Following a community meeting held at Nimbin as part of the CSG-free Communities initiative, members of the upper Tweed Valley communities decided to get the initiative under way in their locality.
Paul Hunter, one of the team of locals spearheading the initiative, is ecstatic about the response from the local community. ‘I am just blown away at the response,’ he said.
‘People have been knocking on doors all over the upper reaches of the Tweed Valley. They are so concerned that Arrow Energy might decide to start drilling in this area.’
‘Many people were unaware that Arrow’s exploration licence includes Clarrie Hall Dam, the main water supply for Tweed Shire.’
‘I expect that we will have a colourful and engaging celebration of the local community.’
The official level of support in the community for this declaration will be announced as part of the celebration. Preliminary figures show it will be well over 90 per cent. This reflects the experience in other communities across the Tweed shire and the broader northern rivers region.
Michael McNamara from Lock the Gate – Tweed said, ‘This declaration of the upper Tweed Valley as CSG-free takes us to nearly 50 per cent of the Tweed shire declared, by will of the community, as CSG-free.
‘The ongoing rollout of the CSG-free Communities initiative also puts pressure on local council candidates to ‘declare their hand’ about the extent to which they are prepared to stand with their community on this issue, and what actions they will take, if elected to council’