A ‘who’s who’ of environmental campaigners braved the stormy weather yesterday to attend the official launch of the Lismore Environment Centre.
Located in the Transit Centre in Molesworth Street, the new centre has been established to provide an information point and meeting place for anyone interested in protecting the environment.
Familiar faces from the Bentley Blockade huddled under cover as rain bucketed down during the official opening, listening to speeches from campaigners Paul Joseph, president Philippe Dupuy, Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Greens candidate Adam Guise.
They spoke of the passion that spawned the environmental movement in the northern rivers area, citing the protectors who turned out for the Terania Creek forest protests through to the recent anti-CSG campaigners.
Gidabal man Lewis Walker delivered the welcome to country, while Garth Kindred, Sarah McCarthy and Luke Vassella performed music.
The event included a sneak preview of a new album of songs from the Bentley blockade, featuring Vassella.
The new environment centre features an information centre and a shop stocked with local produce.
Check out the gallery for a few pictures from the opening.