The story behind the Bentley Blockade, which effectively chased the coal-seam gas industry out of the northern rivers, will be the centrepiece film at the upcoming Byron Bay Film Festival's 10th closing gala on October 22 .
Story & photos Cloudcatcher Media News spread quickly across the northern rivers yesterday that the NSW Government had offered Metgasco $25 million to abandon their remaining PELs in the area. An impromptu gathering of community members and gasfield activists converged... Read More →
Harking back to Frocks on the Frontline from the Doubtful Creek and Bentley blockades, the Knitting Nanna’s hosted Frocks Back on the Frontline yesterday at the Eltham hall
Ballina MP Tamara Smith has called on the state government to either buy back or cancel Metgasco’s license to drill for coal seam gas in the northern rivers. The call follows an announcement from miner AGL that it was divesting its CSG assets in Western Sydney and the Hunter Valley.
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.
Local filmmakers are launching a crowd funding appeal to help bring the story of the Bentley Blockade to the big screen. They want to create a feature length documentary that tells the story of the blockade and the social movement that led to it.
Anti-gas activists are prepared to revive a blockade at Bentley but would prefer to work with politicians to ban coal seam gas mining from the area.
As newly elected Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith took tea with the Knitting Nannas, her party has called on NSW police ato respect the right of citizens to peacefully protest against Metgasco's plans for the region.
Last year was momentous locally and nationally as the people’s fight against unconventional mining escalated and battles were won and lost.
Lismore musician/filmmaker Tom Avery has followed up the recent release of his documentary Ocean Music with a dance video set at Bentley, and a reggae music clip showcasing Lismore’s colourful street art.
A grassroots movement is making its presence known across the northern rivers by asking a simple question. Can you hear us? The question is directed at politicians at both state and federal levels.
In an Echonetdaily exclusive, reporter Simeon Michaels gained access to a closed meeting on Tuesday between around 40 Bentley landowners and government departments who tried to allay fears over gas mining expansion. This is what happened.
Her dad walks next to her, his shoulders stooped under an invisible weight. He smiles but it's a melancholy one. The future is uncertain. And the future is all we have for the kids. The pair disappears into the general store.
Federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot visited the Bentley community blockade yesterday in the latest show of support by politicians in the region for anti-gas protesters who now face legal threats by the local council to close down their camp.
Despite recent name-calling by energy and resources minister Anthony Roberts, there is nothing extreme about Jim Hewitt, who runs the last dairy farm in Bentley. He is a man of few words but he is speaking up now to save his land and his livelihood.
I live in a shack under the cliffs – not too far from Kyogle, not far enough from the proposed gas wells at Bentley.
On Monday, people from all over this country are gathering at Bentley to defend the region from coal seam gas (CSG).
Since the minister for the north coast couldn’t be enticed to Metgasco’s planned gas-well site in person, some of his constituents made sure he put in some ‘face time’ by donning masks featuring his smiling visage.
Fears that drinking-water supplies on the northern rivers could be contaminated by toxic chemicals if coal-seam gas (CSG) production was allowed to go ahead have been heightened by the contamination of an acquifer near a CSG project in the Pilliga Forest.
Gasfield Free Northern Rivers say they are not fazed by calls from Richmond Valley Council for them not to block roads during Metgasco’s planned gas testing at Bentley next month.
The driver of a vehicle in which a woman died in the early hours of yesterday morning has been refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today on multiple charges.
Farming families stretching back generations, landowners, locals and supporters who don’t want the Bentley area turned into a gasfield say they will fight for the very land that provides them food on their table. Aussies Against Fracking Bentley Fundraiser#1
Civil disobedience has reached a new level at the blockade of the Bentley test gas well, with the construction of a substantial barricade overnight at the entrance to the property.
There's something about how Kooris sit in a car. They look so comfortable, like they belong. Kooris do belonging well. It looks like they could sit there forever.
Anti-CSG protesters at Metgasco’s gas test well at Bentley were greeted by a strange sight yesterday morning. Last week volunteers built a small set of steps on sloping a roadside verge adjacent to the site to ensure better comfort and... Read More →