Olga Tresz, LGA coordinator, CSG Free Byron Shire
The CSG Free Communities meeting held at the Billinudgel Pub on Sunday was a big success with Aletha Zylstra (phone 6680 2179) stepping up to coordinate Yelgun, Wooyung and Crabbes Creek, and Col Zwan (phone 0421 800 330 or 6684 5471) agreeing to coordinate Billinudgel, The Pocket and Middle Pocket.
It’s great news that the northern end of our beautiful Byron Shire is now embarking on the Gasfield Free survey process that over 80 communities in the region have already completed.
The friendship and unity shown by the residents of Yelgun at the meeting was inspiring and it goes to show how strong and well organised that community now is because of their active involvement to protect their community and biodiverse environment through previous battles.
Right now Byron Shire is a hive of activity with Ocean Shores and surrounds, Bangalow and Byron Bay (which includes Ewingsdale, Suffolk Park and Broken Head) all well into their survey process. The survey sheets are filling up, data are being entered, and it is a good idea to keep a look out for the wonderful declaration celebrations that will follow in these areas.
Brunswick Heads’ survey is complete and they are busy planning their Declaration Day, so keep your diary ready for that one. If you live in any of these areas and have not yet been surveyed please contact Olga on 6680 3014 and you will be put in touch with your local survey area coordinator.
We have had a few small wins lately, but our clean future is not yet secure by any means. If you feel you simply can’t sit back any longer and watch the events as they unfold, go to csgfreenorthernrivers.org, join Lock the Gate (membership is only $10.00) and contact your local area coordinator listed to see how you can help. This is a grassroots community-driven movement and it is spreading rapidly.
So it’s a huge thankyou to all involved in the survey process to date. We intend to show our government and the mining companies that they have no social licence to destroy our clean air, water, land and communities with unconventional gas mining in our unique and pristine shire.