As most of your readers would be aware, the state government last week announced a range of new policies relating to coal and coal-seam gas (CSG) in NSW. These policies fail categorically in their stated aim of providing a balance between mining and gas extraction and other land uses, and the protection of farmland and water resources.
The government has also offered renewals on three exploration licences in the northern rivers – two held by Metgasco and one by Clarence Moreton Resources – and approved the petroleum production lease, which allows Metgasco to proceed with their gas-field development near Casino. This action came just days after the Lismore community voted overwhelmingly in opposition to this industry.
It is vital that we let our politicians know how we feel about their capitulation to corporate interests and their abandonment of the people of NSW and our vital land, water and natural areas. Please take the time to write, or even better, ring our local MPs and government ministers to let them know how you feel.
Writing and ringing today is the first step in an escalation of our activities to force the government to take notice and act on the concerns of the community. We must continue to do all that we can until they can no longer continue to ignore us.
Politician’s Contact Details:
Premier Barry O’Farrell
ph 02 9228 5239 [email protected]
Andrew Stoner – deputy premier
ph 02 9228 5209 [email protected]
Chris Hartcher – minister for resources and energy
ph 02 9228 5289 [email protected]
Brad Hazzard – planning minister
ph 02 9228 5258 [email protected]
Katrina Hodgkinson – minister for primary industries
ph 02 9230 3540 [email protected]
Thomas George – state member for Lismore
ph 02 6621 3624 [email protected]
Chris Gulaptis – member for Clarence
ph 02 6643 1244 [email protected]
Jeff Provost – member for Tweed
ph 07 5523 4816 [email protected]
Boudicca Cerese & Ian Gaillard
Coordinators, Lock the Gate Northern Rivers