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Margaret Howes, Empire Vale

I refer to Peter Henderson’s claim that the Lismore poll on CSG was fraudulent. I was handing out leaflets on how to vote at the Keen Street polling booth. Almost without exception the community had already made up their minds on this question prior to casting their votes at the ballot box.

There were a few people who wanted CSG because they had jobs in the gas industry, but the majority did not want CSG. Many told me they had followed this toxic industry from inception in the northern rivers, had watched very informative documentaries on TV, and were not happy for it to be here.

Mr Henderson is casting aspersions on the highly intelligent and well-informed local Lismore population, who are more than aware of the pros and cons of CSG. People are not prepared to be pushed around and stamped on by politicians and public servants and if they say ‘no to CSG’ they mean ‘no to CSG’.

Metgasco’s shareholders could hardly be impressed with shares being traded at 15.5 cents, and $10,000 of shareholders’ investment money being given to Richmond Valley Council for a Christmas tree and to the local school for a water tank. Metgasco hasn’t generated any income and has posted a $5mil loss. They always say that the buck stops at the top. Mr Henderson is trying to use the local community as his scapegoat.

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