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Northern rivers residents are expected to turn up to Lismore in the thousands on Saturday calling for their region to be declared gas-free.

With both the Greens and NSW Labor having promised to ban coal seam gas and other unconventional gas mining from the region, the pressure is now on the Nationals to follow suit.

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers spokesperson Elly Bird said about 7000 people turned up for the last march in Lismore, so organisers were prepared for large numbers on Saturday.

‘We are coming together to declare the northern rivers gasfield free and we will be calling on the state government to cancel all exploration licences,’ she said.

She urged Lismore locals to consider walking or riding their bikes into town to ensure there was plenty of parking for visitors from other areas.

‘We’re also asking that people try to park away from Riverside Park,’ she said.

She said there would be limited parking for disabled people, who should call 66223613 to arrange their spot.

She said marchers should be prepared for hot weather, and said there would be plenty of food and drinks available on the day.

‘One hundred per cent of the profits from food and drinks will be donated to the campaign,’ she said.

‘Everything is on track for a big day. It’s pretty exciting really.’

The rally will hear from Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell, Gasfield Free Northern Rivers coordinators, as well as Mark Ogge from the Australia Institute, who will be speaking about the questionable economics of gas mining.

An Auslan interpreter will be attending for anyone with hearing difficulties.

Entertainment and music will start from 9.30am and the declaration will take place at 10am, followed by a march around the streets of Lismore at 10.30am.

The march is expected to have finished by 11.30am, and the strong line-up of musical talent will continue take to the stage.

Meanwhile, Ms Bird welcomed yesterday’s NSW Labor announcement that Clarence would be included in a CSG-free northern rivers.

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  1. Go down in history Premier Baird and Minister Roberts and be the first progressive politicians in Australia to take a big stand on ousting the fossil fuel industry, with its risks to the environment and communities’ health, from a region in Australia!!!!

    And then you can provide support in the many ways needed to progress the development of renewable energy in NSW on a big scale so that we can have renewable base load power sooner than later. What a contribution you could make to the climate change issue!

  2. Alan Jones is right! Reject the science and ban CSG. I certainly don’t want this happening in my region. Could we persuade Mr Jones to lend his support on Saturday?

  3. Last night at Tweed Shire Council the following recommendation was accepted (four votes to three).

    That Council :

    1. Notes that the Tweed Shire Council has previously declared that the Tweed Shire be off limits to the Coal Seam Gas and Unconventional Gas industries; and

    2. Recognises and supports all those dedicated local community members and Northern Rivers Mayors who are participating in the public march in Lismore on November 1st 2014 calling for the Northern Rivers to be declared ‘Gasfield Free’.

  4. Well Done Tweed Shire Council for supporting a Gasfield Free Northern Rivers! This area could again become a model for Renewable energy. Remember that Mullumbimby was forced to close down its hydro power plant and join the electricity grid.


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