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The gentle folk of Bentley reunited

Luke Vassella. Photo Tree Faerie.

It wouldn’t be a day at a Bentley anti-CSG event without Luke Vassella. Photo Tree Faerie.

Eve Jeffery

Celebrating the day that Metgasco and a huge cohort of police was sent packing, the folk of Bentley and their supporters gathered at the Bentley Hall on Saturday for songs, dance, speeches of warning and hope, and a chance to hug friends not seen for 12 months.

In the typical Bentley fashion of ‘confusing them with our joy’, it was true meeting of people from all walks and all backgrounds coming together to remember fighting a common evil and winning – for the moment.

One year on – Gate A at the Bentley Blockade. Photo Tree Faerie.

One year on – Gate A at Bentley.

The threat of CSG still looms. As yet there is no happy ending for Bentley but, in the reprieve, the people have grown stronger and smarter.

They have won the battle and now are bracing themselves for the war – they are waiting and ready, and will not back down if the ugly face of mining surfaces in the northern rivers.

Photos Tree Faerie


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