18.4 C
Byron Shire
April 12, 2021

Lismore push for gasfield free status

Latest News

Dead rats in the Byron bubble?

Poppa Veet Mayo, Main Arm Am I the only one who can smell a dead rat in this bubble called...

Other News

Bayside, The Corso

Annie Radermacher, Brunswick Heads A clear description of the proposed development as presented to the public was of 37 boarding...

Fundraiser for EB at the Beachy

At any given moment around 500,000 people, mostly children, live with Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) a group of rare medical conditions that result in easy blistering of the skin and mucous membranes. 

A win for the roughy

The battle for the 'roughy had been a tough road for conservationists and hopefully this win will be the last fight.

In the ditch

Peter Olson, Goonengerry The Suez Canal blockage is just one small part of the Reset Button: unexpected delays, meet ‘just-in-time’ production. You...

Kingscliff RPA bringing it all back home

One of the Tweed Shire’s oldest residents’ associations is celebrating a long-awaited return to the Kingscliff Community Hall.

Armed robberies in Northern Rivers

Police have been investigating two armed robberies this week, one in Byron Bay and one in Lismore.

Lismore CIty Council is pushing for gasfield free status.
Lismore CIty Council is pushing for gasfield free status.

Darren Coyne

 The Lismore City Council will today debate whether to join the ranks of northern rivers councils requesting that the region be declared gas-field free.

Ballina recently voted to write to premier Mike Baird and his ministers, and the Byron Shire Council is set to discuss a similar motion on Thursday.

A motion by Cr Simon Clough urges his fellow councillors to also write to Mr Baird and state members asking that the local government area be declared a ‘no-go zone’ for unconventional gas mining.

Cr Clough’s motion also calls for all petroleum exploration licences to be revoked.

The opposition from local councils coincides with mining company Metgasco taking legal action against the state government over the suspension of its mining licence to drill at Bentley, just outside Lismore.

The company has claimed that the grounds of its suspension were not justified, and that it had complied with community consultation requirements.

Cr Clough’s motion points out that are 124 self-declared gasfield free communitiesin the northern rivers, where 27,776 people had responded to community-driven surveys.

Those surveys showed that 95.6 per cent of respondents wanted a gasfield free environment.

He also points to a 2012 poll conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission for Lismore City Council that showed that 87 per cent of voters did not want coal seam gas developments.

His motion lists industries that rely on access to clean water, healthy soil and clean air, such as tourism, which employs nearly 8000 people and reaps around $1.4 billion each year, and sugar cane farming which accounts for 1000 jobs and is expected to generate $4.6 billion over the next 20 years.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Linen SHIFT project urgently needs new home

With a vision to disrupt the cycle of women’s homelessness, the Linen SHIFT project was born to provide unique individual support and education for at-risk women in a safe residential environment, but today they they have been forced to close.

Bayside, The Corso

Annie Radermacher, Brunswick Heads A clear description of the proposed development as presented to the public was of 37 boarding rooms for professional couples who...

Essential businesses recognised

A sticker initiative, to say ‘Thank you’ and support local retailers’ doing it tough is adorning Mullum shops, owing in part to efforts by resident Angela Bambach.

Francis Cloake in running for National Portrait Prize

Byron Bay's Francis Cloake is one of two Northern Rivers photographers named as a finalist in the prestigious Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.