Congratulations to Tweed mayor Barry Longland, deputy mayor Michael Armstrong and councillors Katie Milne and Gary Bagnall who voted at the last council meeting to undertake a public exhibition process to determine if the community would like Coal Seam Gas Free signage installed at the major entrances to Tweed Shire, as has happened in Byron Shire.
Shame on Crs Carolyn Byrne, Warren Polglase and Phil Youngblutt for voting against this, even though Council has publicly affirmed its commitment to a moratorium on CSG activity and does not welcome CSG and other unconventional gas mining operations.
These councillors also appear to be disregarding the strength of community opposition to these activities which has been demonstrated by the many Lock the Gate events and local declarations, which now cover most of the land mass in the Tweed shire.
The lack of support by these councillors for this signage, along with the Liberal and National Parties’ promotion of unconventional gas and CSG mining, must be remembered and etched deeply in our mindset so that we place these supposed representatives of the community last on our ballot papers in future elections.
Dave Norris, Pottsville