The community of Stokers Siding will be the latest to join the growing number of Tweed Shire communities declaring themselves CSG-free.
Road surveys in the Stokers Siding area have produced a ringing endorsement of that original vote with support running at over 95 per cent of respondents.
The final figure will be announced at a community celebration tomorrow in the Stokers-Dunbible Hall at noon.
‘This growing community movement demonstrates clearly that coal-seam gas companies have no “social licence” to operate in Tweed Shire’ according to Michael McNamara from Lock the Gate – Tweed.
‘The initiative continues to put pressure on newly elected councillors to take a strong stand in support of their communities once the Tweed Shire election results are declared.
‘Stokers Siding will proudly take its place alongside other Tweed communities who have also declared themselves CSG-free.
‘Recent announcements by the state government that it had renewed 22 exploration licences, lifted the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and granted a production licence to Metgasco in the Lismore/Casino, area have steeled the resolve in local communities to make sure that the Tweed stays free from the impacts of CSG operations.
‘In the face of these disappointing actions by the state government, community resolve is strong to keep the Tweed CSG-free.’