CHILLINGHAM residents joined the fight against coal-seam gas mining last weekend in the lead up to Rock the Gate - Northern Rivers, to be held at Murwillumbah Showground this Saturday.
The small village declared itself gas field free as residents gathered to celebrate the culmination of a community road survey process that saw 146 (92.4%) out of 158 respondents across 11 local roads support the declaration.
Tweed mayor Barry Longland joined community members at the celebration to accept the road declarations.
"The declaration of Chillingham as gas field free completes round one of the initiative in the Tweed Shire," said Michael McNamara from Lock the Gate - Tweed.
Chillingham joins the communities of Tyalgum, Crystal Creek, Kunghur, Mt Burrell, Doon Doon, Burringbar, Mooball, Crabbes Creek, Uki and Stokers Siding in being declared gas field free.
Road surveys are being undertaken in Bilambil/Carool and Murwillumbah and are soon to start in Pottsville.
"Communities covering over half the land area of Tweed shire have declared themselves gas field free" Mr McNamara said.
"All of the communities in the Arrow Energy exploration licence (PEL445) in the Tweed have declared themselves gas field free.
"There is no social licence for gas exploration or production in Tweed shire.
"This strong statement by communities across the Tweed puts pressure on our elected representatives at all levels of government.
"It is time for Tweed Shire Council to respond to this clear statement of community views by declaring the whole of Tweed shire gas field free."
The Rock the Gate rally at Murwillumbah will be the biggest stand made against coal-seam gas mining in the Tweed region with signer/songwriter Pete Murray joining the growing band of musicians performing.
Gates open at 9.30am with the rally starting at 10am.
There will be a march through Murwillumbah at noon starting from the showground and returning to the showground, followed by entertainment from 1pm.
Supporters of the rally are encouraged to wear yellow in support.
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