The Knitting Nanas are holding a protest this morning outside Metgasco’s Casino offices and a series of meetings are planned for the Tweed in coming weeks to screen Lock the Gate’s locally made film Fractured Country.
The activity follows last week’s roundtable meeting in on CSG in Canberra, hosted by federal resources minister Ian Macfarlane, which local activists said gave the green light to a new round of exploration and mining.
Lock the Tweed spokesperson Michael McNamara said the Dart Energy subsidiary Macquarie Energy is returning to the northern rivers with a plan to ‘get things moving in PEL445, which covers a significant proportion of the Tweed Shire’.
‘Tweed Valley communities are implacably opposed to the development of invasive industrialised gasfields,’ he said, adding that they ‘declared themselves Gasfield Free in 2012 at levels over 95 per cent.
‘Now those same communities are coming back together in the face of the threat of a return by the companies to the area.
‘That the companies are returning with federal government support is an insult to the democratic process.
‘The only thing that will stop them is a strong, united community willing to stand up and defend itself,’ Mr McNamara said.
Lock the Tweed’s meetings will give local residents a chance to see Fractured Country and hear about the latest developments in the campaign against CSG and other unconventional gases and to discuss how they plan to protect their local community.
The meetings will be held on consecutive Saturdays in Tyalgum (November 2), Uki (November 9), Burringbar (November 16), and Murwillumbah (November 23). There will also be a meeting in Stokers Siding on Friday November 22.
All meetings will start at 6pm. Admission is $10 and includes a meal.