A contingent of northern rivers farmers has delivered bags of manure to the office of Lismore MP Thomas George, and are now on their way to Nationals campaign office in Ballina.
Kyogle farmer Peter Stackhouse told media outside Mr George’s office that farmers were sick of the ‘bullshit’ coming from the Nationals regarding the government’s coal seam gas policy.
‘Good farming country around Lismore, Kyogle, Nimbin, Coraki, out west past Urbenville and right down to Maclean will all be up for grabs,’ he said.
Today’s protest follows news yesterday that the biggest drilling company in Australia, AJ Lucas, has purchased the largest gas licence in the region, PEL 445.
Bentley farmer Peter Nielsen said farmers were sick of the Nationals’ weak policies on CSG.
Mr Nielson said the purchase by AJ Lucas made it more likely that northern rivers communities would be facing the spectre of a gas drilling invasion if the Liberal/National government was returned to power.
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