14.6 C
Byron Shire
October 19, 2021

Narrabri locals demand answers from Barilaro

Latest News

Lake Ainsworth Cyanobacteria Update – RED ALERT

Ballina Shire Council has just issued a Red Alert for Lake Ainsworth. Water should NOT be used for primary recreation. Users should obey all signage erected by Council.

Other News

Man wanted on outstanding arrest warrants – Mullumbimby and Central Coast

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man wanted on outstanding warrants who may be working around Mullumbimby and Central Coast.

Natural Resources Commission using ‘propaganda’ to log koala feed trees sat NEFA

The North East Forest Alliance says that the assertion by the Natural Resources Commission report that logging of koala feed trees doesn’t have any impact on koalas is ‘dangerous propaganda’.

Satvik Foods simply: sauté, simmer & serve

Easy. Delicious. Healthy. Satvik Foods ready to go packs will have you coming back for thirds! Their range includes...

Editorial: Clear as a muddled government

Good news! Local police will not be actively enforcing the government’s Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021 when it comes to business activity – see NSW govt’s Health Order lacks clarity.

AI confirms over 85% of the world is affected by human-induced climate change

Brought to you by The Echo and Cosmos Magazine Climate complexity unpacked to reveal the wide reach of human-induced climate change Eighty-five percent of...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Mind Your Language

The other day someone called me a sheeple. I was offended. Not personally, but on behalf of sheep. It’s a term meant to denigrate my agency by suggesting I have herd stupidity. Sheep are incredible, and surprising beings. Before you start denigrating sheep, you should know they are emotionally complex animals who can self-medicate!

Narrabri local Rowan Boehm says that John Barilaro’s backing of gas runs contrary to the energy direction set by the NSW State Government’s support for renewable energy. Photo Tree Faerie

The bite is still stinging from the IPC’s approval of the Narrabri Gas Project, and today Narrabri locals are demanding answers from John Barilaro.

Farmers from North West NSW have slammed Deputy Premier John Barilaro as ‘out of step’ with the local community and blind to the renewable energy direction of the NSW government, following his speech today backing the controversial Narrabri coal seam project.

Narrabri-based energy consultant Rowan Boehm said that Barilaro’s backing of gas runs contrary to the energy direction set by the NSW State Government’s support for renewable energy. ‘Renewable energy is the future for NSW and the North West. The NSW Government’s own roadmap defines this very clearly, and it also very clearly does not identify the need for a major gas hub for the region.’

‘Renewable energy can establish abundant low cost energy, new jobs, new skills and a new resilience for this region. It’s the direction that the world is moving in, with only a couple of people in NSW still clinging to the past. Gas might have been the right direction 50 years ago, but that’s not the case today.

Mr Boehm said the ‘energy hub’ that’s being spruiked is nothing but a smokescreen. ‘It’s a last hurrah for the gas industry, that will leave stranded assets all over the place over the next few decades.

‘Santos’ shareholders need to face up to reality and move the company to renewable energy production if it is to survive. They’ve already written off $8bn on their Australian assets, and shareholders can’t be keen for further losses.’

‘Simply put, underperforming assets like gas infrastructure are bad for our economy. John Barilaro needs to get behind the renewable energy direction that will create jobs and growth for the North West.’

Liverpool Plains farmer Margaret Fleck is asking voters to consider the environment and our food bowl. Photo Tree Faerie.

Barilaro out of touch

Mullaley farmer Margaret Fleck said that Mr Barilaro was out of touch with the needs of farmers and National Party voters. ‘John Barilaro is letting down farmers by trying to push coal seam gas into our agricultural region.

‘The National Party has already lost a seat to Roy Butler of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers in Barwon over water and coal seam gas. Farmers here need to see the Nationals have the guts to stand up to the coal seam gas companies and protect this agricultural region from gasfields.

‘The decision not to extinguish twelve ‘zombie’ coal seam gas exploration licenses, which will endanger large swathes of food producing areas reliant on underground water, puts Barilaro at odds with even his own party.’

Ms Fleck said that last year at the NSW Nationals State Conference, a motion was put forward to extinguish petroleum licenses as they expire, which was carried. ‘And yet, John Barilaro has decided to support the gas industry over Nationals grassroots.

‘Barilaro needs to make a decision about who he represents – regional voters or the coal seam gas industry.’

Zombie Petroleum Exploration licenses are licences that have expired but not been formally extinguished. There are 12 such exploration licences that stretch across 56,000 square kilometres between the Queensland border, Dubbo, Moree, the Warrumbungles, and the Upper Hunter.


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.

4 COMMENTS

  1. “‘Barilaro needs to make a decision” I think you’ll find he made that decision about the same time he joined the Nationals, who have always represented the Multi-nationals and exporters, who have always done their best to rip-off all of Australia.
    Cheers, G”)

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

STP problems ignored

The people in Byron Shire need to start asking Byron Shire Council (BSC) and councillors when are they actually going to responsibly and effectively...

So long Greens

So, where to now for Greens voters disillusioned with local MP Tamara Smith advocating the big pharmaceutical program? One would have thought a Greens approach...

Immunity

I know I’m not the only one who has joined the dots between Byron Shire having the lowest vaccination rate in the state and...

One new COVID case in Lismore and Local Health District venues of concerns

Northern NSW Local Health District says there has been one new case of COVID-19 reported for the are to 8pm 17 October.