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March 5, 2021

A protest worthy of all our support

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In 35 years of activism, I have never witnessed a protest more worthy of support than the Bentley Blockade.

The NSW government, in enabling non-conventional gas mining using fracking technology, can, I believe, be charged with gross negligence, if not intentional complicity in causing serious risk to public safety.

The available evidence already public knowledge shows both overseas e.g. in the USA and in Queensland, Australia the dangers inherent in fracking technology. There can be no excuse for permitting its use by mining corporations.

The dedication of the growing numbers of land, water and air protectors who are standing firm at Bentley and have established an exemplary camp on donated private farmland adjoining the gas drilling site, are deserving of the broad public support that increases daily.

Participating in this action alongside wonderful people of all ages and walks of life that includes many of the nearby and even some distant farmers, is an inspiration to be treasured.

The camp is maintained with the highest standards of health and wellbeing and provides a safe place for the children of families present and for the visiting public who are able to access full details of the fracking technology and the evidence of its dangers including the harm it has already caused to people, land, water and air.

There are also workshops that help people understand how to stand up for their beliefs in a non-violent way and to help them grow their ability to be responsible citizens who will no longer rely on governments to serve the people they are elected to represent rather than the vested interests of powerful corporations.

We the people must now directly protect our essential environmental assets, without which a healthy and productive Australia is not possible.

Only ten minutes from Lismore, this public action deserves your support and you deserve to enjoy the experience of being there.

Dudley Leggett, Suffolk Park

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