16.1 C
Byron Shire
May 9, 2021

Bentley Angel to rise over Byron Bay

Latest News

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Search for a home

Jules Claydon, Ocean Shores I helped a friend move to a new rental property last week, relieved that a stressful...

Respect for Country

Léandra Martiniello, Whian Whian It is the night of the full moon, I have just watched it rise. On the...

Water strategy

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads The people of Mullumbimby would be aware that Byron Shire Council (BSC) intends to hand over...

Meet local firies and save lives, including your own

Meeting local firefighters and learning about home fire prevention is really important and more so in recent times and into the future.

Honouring midwives on their International day

Many of us have a midwife to thank for our safe arrival from the womb, these specialised 'catching' hands are a blessing to both mum and bub in hospitals and in the home.

Byron Bay’s first ever matured spirit wins gold medal at London Spirit Competition

While the Northern Rivers region is well known for its environment and lifestyle, it is also becoming known for...

The Bentley Angel at a rally in Lismore. (Darren Coyne)
The Bentley Angel at a rally in Lismore. (Darren Coyne)

The Bentley Angel sculpture will be raised on the main beach at Byron Bay at dawn tomorrow morning (Saturday) in a show of peaceful community protest against invasive gasfields in the northern rivers.

The Byron action celebrates a  full year since the blockade of Metgasco’s drilling project at Bentley, near Lismore.

To celebrate the anniversary, Lock the Gate spokesperson Elly Bird said the community would come together to demand greater protection from the impacts of unconventional gas mining, amid escalating political pressure over CSG licences state-wide.

‘People from all walks of life will raise the symbolic Bentley Angel together to raise the alarm about uncontrolled mining in the Northern Rivers, and across NSW, and ask the Government for strict protection for our region,’ she said.

Byron is located in the Ballina electorate which is a hotly contested seat in the upcoming NSW election.  Support for a Gasfield Free Northern Rivers has become the defining issue of the election campaign in the Ballina electorate.

Concert and speakers

Meanwhile, a concert tomorrow (Saturday, March 14) to raise funds and awareness for those affected and who are fighting against CSG has expanded its program to include speakers.

Co-organiser and musician Deidi Vine says apart from local performers, ‘A great lineup of speakers will also up-date everyone on the current situation in NSW and Australia in regards to coal seam gas mining and other invasive mining plans and proposals.’

Speakers to appear include Leard State Forest frontline activist Iris Ray Nun, Pilliga frontline activist Dan Lanzini, former greens senator Ian Cohen, NSW Green’s candidate Tamara Smith, Lock the Gate’s Ellie Bird, 11-year-old environmental singing/activist Holly Summerville, Aunty Barbara Randall-Kanyini and Kamaillie and Nanny Bonnie from the Narakwal Gidabul tribe.

Running from 10am to 10pm, the concert will feature the talents of Lisa Hunt, the Hottentots, Dub Collective, Swamp Catz, Camel Tones, Shooflys, Guy Chachel, Deidi Vine and many more.


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

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.