Pete Murray has announced he will be joining the growing band of musicians who are uniting in Australia to oppose the expansion of CSG mining at the second Rock the Gate concert at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds, Saturday 13 October. Pete Murray is about to do a world tour and has taken time out from a very busy schedule to appear; he will be playing along with Natalie Pa’apa’a from Blue King Brown, Kerrianne Cox, The Round Mountain Girls, The Songs of the Haight Ashbury Stage Show starring James T, Lil’Fi, Diana Anaid and S Sorrensen, The Samba Blisstas, Deya Dova, Nathan Kaye, Ivy Lucille and many more.
Those musicians who cannot attend are sending video messages of support that will be played on a cinema screen throughout the day. Xavier Rudd, John Butler, Leo Sayer, Mia Dyson and retired Greens senator Bob Brown for good measure, are just some of the supporters sending messages and adding their voices to the campaign. The public will also have an opportunity to record a message for this campaign in our Interactive Booth. These messages may turn up on the cinema screen throughout the day.
The first Rock the Gate concert was in May 2012 in Lismore. Seven thousand people turned up to unite against CSG mining. All over the planet groups, such as Artists Against Fracking founded by Yoko Ono in New York, are springing up as famous figures use their public profile to help shine a light on this important and devastating issue. There are already CSG refugees leaving their lands as uninhabitable in southeast Queensland where CSG mining has created poisoned aquifers and rivers. Not long ago these waters were pristine. CSG mining can poison the eco-system very quickly. There is an urgency to this campaign and we urge people to come along and show that we can unite and win this fight to protect our land, our water and our future.
The Rally in Murwillumbah on October 13 has become the national focus of the Lock the Gate campaign for the National Day of Action against CSG mining. Sam McLean, national director of GetUp!, Natalie Pa’apa’a, Blue King Brown and Drew Hutton, president of Lock the Gate, and the Australian Institute’s Mark Ogge Beyond Zero Emissions will attend and speak along with a world-class lineup of entertainment.
This is a FREE family-friendly concert. People are requested not to bring alcohol. Drinks and food will be available at the venue as a fundraiser for Lock the Gate.
Saturday October 13
National Day of Action against Coal-Seam Gas Mining
Rally from 10am – Concert from 1pm