15.4 C
Byron Shire
May 24, 2022

North Coast Plan a betrayal of community’s wishes

Latest News

Computers donated to home schooled kids in Lismore

There nothing like the support of the CWA ladies to help get you through a disaster and the Lismore CWA Evening Branch were very pleased to be able to help their community once again to supply computers to some flood-affected Lismore kids.

Other News

Why I’m voting Greens 1 on Saturday

What exciting times we live in. Never has there been a better time to be politically engaged than now. This election is like no other. With the problems of the world bearing down on us, now is the time to make your voice heard.

Everyone reads The Echo

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don't be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round. 

The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

Sculpture distilled at Husk

The inaugural outdoor exhibition, Sculpture Distilled, opens this week at Husk Farm Distillery and promises the opportunity to get...

Interviews with Richmond candidates 2022: Liberal Democrats Party candidate Gary Biggs

Gary Biggs lives in the Tweed Shire and owns a small business. He is running as a candidate for the Liberal Democrats Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

The NSW Government made a commitment to a Coal Seam Gas (CSG) free Northern Rivers before the last election that included the promise of buying back a number of exploration licenses in the region.

While the government made these commitments in the days leading up the last state election, due to one of the longest and most successful community based social movements that our region has ever seen, they deserved to be congratulated for supporting the community’s wishes. Unfortunately, it appears this win for our region maybe short lived.

The recently released Draft North Coast Plan makes specific mention of the Clarence-Moreton Basin coal seam and the ‘coal seam gas resources that may be able to support the development and growth of new industries’.

The report goes on to promote the government’s NSW Gas Plan, which establishes a ‘clear strategic framework to deliver world’s best-practice standards and regulation for the coal seam gas industry’.

Instead of promoting the ‘potential’ for CSG in our region, the government needs to support the community’s clearly expressed position and declare the northern rivers as a CSG/unconventional gas exclusion zone like it has for other regions.

A little over a year since being returned to government, we now have draconian new ‘anti-protest’ laws and a North Coast Plan talking up the prospect of CSG. Congratulations to Lismore councillor Simon Clough for taking the lead on this issue.

At the next meeting of Ballina Council, I’ll be asking for the councillors’ support in reaffirming our opposition to this industry and to call on the NSW Government to declare our region Gasfield Free. Anything less would be a betrayal of the clearly expressed wishes of our community.

Ballina Shire Cr Jeff Johnson

 


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

COVID-19 update for the NNSWLHD – May 23

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, Sunday May 22, there were 40 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

Elliot ecstatic about Albo and confident of a Richmond win

While her win in Richmond has not yet been confirmed, Justine Elliot is very happy about the overall result for Labor and a new government.

Australian politics transformed

Following an election like no other, Australia looks set to change course on climate and corruption, with the Coalition's Scott Morrison being prised from office and Anthony Albanese about to form a new Labor government with the support of Greens and teal independents.

Kevin Hogan returns for Page

Though the coalition government he represents is now in opposition, National Party candidate for Page, Kevin Hogan, has been returned to his seat and yesterday he released a statement to all media.