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.