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Mullumbimby is set to be the next neighbourhood in Byron Shire to declare itself a CSG-Free Community, following the successful announcement of Main Arm last week.

The news that the NSW Aboriginal Land Council has a prospecting licence that covers part of the township and surrounding area has only intensified the determination of local residents.

‘Rise up, Mullum – our time has come to speak out,’ says Deborah Lilly of Mullumbimby Community Action Network. ‘No drill rigs in Byron Shire!’

A public information meeting and film on Wednesday 28 November, 6pm, in Byron Shire Council Chambers, Mullumbimby, will take a vote on whether we want CSG and other gas mining in Mullumbimby. This process is for Mullum residents and will be repeated in other areas in the shire.

  • To set up process in your area, call Amica Sanday: 6680 3230.
  • To find out about making a submission to stop drill rigs in Byron Shire: www.mullumaction.org.

‘Do we want to become a pincushion of drill rigs with interconnecting roads and pipes, noise of compressors 24/7, air pollution, destruction of groundwater, soils contaminated by salt hills and fracking chemicals and have our prime agricultural land ruined forever?’ demands Ms Lilly.

‘Do you want to see the sun rise, or have the sky lit up night and day with gas flares? Is this the future we want for Byron Shire? Get involved, come on board and engage with community,’ she said.

Gas miners are poised to invade under the auspices of The Aboriginal Land Council. Prospecting Application PSPAA number 55 covers much of Byron and Tweed shires and seeks a licence to explore; submissions close on 5 December.

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