Despite the inclement weather about 150 residents of Ocean Shores and surrounds participated in the CSG declaration ceremony at the Ocean Shores Public School on Saturday, declaring the area gasfield free.
Setting the mood for the event were Methane Mike and two local community choirs: The Peace Choir and The Raise The Roof Choir, who sung CSG free songs.
After passing the scrolled declaration for each of the villages of Ocean Shores, New Brighton, North Ocean Shores and South Golden Beach from back to front, members of three generations of each area presented their scroll to mayor Simon Richardson.
Next it is Mullumbimby’s turn to celebrate, its CSG declaration day is this Friday June 14, at the Mullum Farmers Market.
Gasfield free Mullumbimby co-ordinator Deborah Lilly says, ‘meet at the main gates of showgrounds at 8.30am for a procession to the market to meet mayor Simon Richardson. A separate prize is offered for the most unique banner or placard about CSG mining in the shire.
‘Byron Shire Councillors will also be involved in making a concrete decision concerning CSG signage in the shire.
‘At council’s meeting on Thursday June 13, a motion from Cr Duncan Dey will be tabled to decide whether council will erect official gasfield-free signs in the shire.’