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May 18, 2024

CSG a Pandora’s box

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Had I been able to attend I would certainly have stood with the protesters at Casino last weekend.

CSG is a Pandora’s box and, what is worse, we have already seen what it does to land and people yet still our government ‘representatives’ allow it to continue unabated. Shame! Despite so-called protective Acts being set in place, our precious land remains unprotected, and the insatiable CSG machine rolls on hungrily.

I sympathise with Mr Boota’s comments. To brazenly fail to acknowledge the ancestral ties and native title rights of Indigenous Australians is typical of the arrogance that all too often accompanies the CSG insurgence over the northern rivers and elsewhere. Even beyond that, though, as Mr Monsell wisely notes, ‘this is not a black or white thing; it is a Mother Nature thing’.

All who love this land, even those who simply rely on it for their survival, must stop this carnage now. I am a non-Indigenous Australian, but I, too, along with untold others, feel a deep spiritual connection to this beautiful country and am appalled at what is being done in the name of ‘clean’ energy!

I attended a local meeting recently and was shocked, but (in a strange way) pleased, to hear gasps of horror from some attendees. Those gasps meant that these folk had finally really heard what is actually taking place and will now be motivated to spread the word to yet others who, to date, have remained unaware of the reality of this issue.

I urge any who require more information regarding this issue to attend meetings, or speak with those neighbours whose property bears a yellow triangle. If what you hear dismays you, as it does literally thousands and thousands of northern rivers residents, please offer your support at rallies and become active.

Yes, CSG is a Pandora’s box and it won’t go away by itself. It needs a concerted effort through both group and individual action to place a desperately needed lid very firmly, and permanently, on it!


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