The mining industry has long had a strong hold on this country. Industry lobbyists have referred to themselves as the ‘mafia’ and enjoyed unprecedented access to government departments and cabinet. (ABC’s 4 Corners 13/2/06).
No surprise the demise of the mining tax or the new government’s policy to step aside and out of industry’s way.
Our politicians and bureaucrats are no match for the mining ‘mafia’; however, not all is lost. Farmers, mums and dads, greenies, and people from all walks of life are uniting and standing strong across the country to protect our health, land and water from mining rape and pillage.
Much of Byron Shire sits above the ancient Clarence Moreton Basin with trapped gas within its sediments. It might not be coal seam gas; however, it is an ‘unconventional gas’ that to exploit would require the ‘fracking’ process.
As part of the national Lock the Gate movement our Myocum/Tyagarah group has endeavored to visit every house in our area to ask residents over 16 whether they wish their road/property to be gasfield free. Of the 821 residents surveyed 98 per cent have said ‘yes’ to being gasfield free, with just over one per cent unsure and less than one per cent saying no.
Politicians, bureaucrats and investors take note. We and the wider Byron and northern rivers community are saying very clearly we wish to be gasfield free. Miners, you have finally meet your match.
Anyone who we might have been missed in our Myocum/Tyagarah survey please do give me a ring on 0414 643 468 to have your say.
Garry Scott, coordinator, Gasfield Free Myocum/Tyagarah