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CSG demands nailed to Justine Elliot’s door

Lock the gate tweed members at the offices of Justine Elliot in South Tweed,Michael McNamara and Justin Elliott chat.
Lock the gate tweed members at the offices of Justine Elliot in South Tweed,Michael McNamara and Justin Elliott chat. Blainey Woodham

ANTI coal seam gas mining protesters 'nailed their demands to the door' of Richmond MP Justine Elliot this morning at Tweed Heads.

Spokesman for Lock the Gate-Tweed Michael McNamara said his organisation demanded that the federal government exercise its powers to contain damage from irresponsible mining.

"This call to country is an evocative plea for protection of our precious water, farmlands, natural heritage and tourism icons," he said.

"It's part of a synchronised action across the nation to pressure the federal government to take action on coal and coal seam gas developments.

Nationals candidate with Lock the Gate - Tweed's Michael McNamara.
Nationals candidate with Lock the Gate - Tweed's Michael McNamara. Mairi Manley

"It represents a massive outpouring of community will.

"Communities have nailed their demands to the doors of federal MPs right across the country."

Mrs Elliot received the demands from Lock the Gate - Tweed at 11am, then the group moved on to Hungry Jack's, owned by Nationals federal candidate Matt Fraser, handing him the same list of demands.

Lock the Gate members at the office of Justine Elliot
Lock the Gate members at the office of Justine Elliot Blainey Woodham

Mrs Elliot threw the ball in to the state government's court to stop CSG mining on the North Coast.

"They can stop it here and now," she said.

"We want a CSG free North Coast.

Lock the Gate at Justine Elliot&squot;s Tweed office
Lock the Gate at Justine Elliot&squot;s Tweed office Blainey Woodham

"The licences are here.

"It's a reality and the main priority must be to stop it."

Mr McNamara said the community was pleased that a number of local MPs and political candidates had declared their opposition to CSG.

"As the federal election nears, we are keen to see how statements will be matched by action."

Topics:  csg, justine elliot



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