News

Labor MP supports Tweed fight against coal seam gas mining

Lock the Gate Tweed's Michael McNamara addresses protesters.
Lock the Gate Tweed's Michael McNamara addresses protesters. Leigh Jensen

TWEED anti-CSG campaigners have welcomed Federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot's call on NSW state National MPs to support a ban on coal seam gas (CSG) operations in the Northern Rivers.

"This is the least we should be able to expect from our elected representatives, that they actually represent us," Michael McNamara from Lock the Gate - Tweed said.

Last Wednesday Mrs Elliot called on the North Coast National Party State parliamentarians to speak out and stop coal seam gas (CSG) mining and exploration in the Tweed area.

"It's time to draw a line in the sand on this important environmental issue," Mrs Elliot said.

"We know the community's view.

"It is clear.

"Our community does not want Coal Seam Gas Mining and it's up to the State National Party MPs to do their job, to stand up, and stop this."

Mr McNamara said a large contingent of the 1,000 strong crowd at the CSG public meeting in Lismore last week were from the Tweed.

"It is great that Ms Elliot has decided to support her constituents and we hope that her local state counterparts Thomas George and Geoff Provest follow suit," he said.

"Ms Elliot states that CSG is entirely a state matter - but she is wrong," Mr McNamara said.

"Elements of the federal government, of which she is part, such as Minister for Resources Simon Ferguson, are strong advocates of the CSG industry.

"She needs to challenge the distorted world view promoted by Mr Ferguson.

"She should stand publicly beside Page MP Janelle Saffin in the Federal Labor caucus and give the same message of opposition to CSG.

"I look forward to seeing a speech from Mrs Elliot in the Federal Parliament in which she publicly declares her opposition to CSG and calls on her government colleagues to adopt a similar position."

Topics:  csg, environment, fracking, justine elliot, labor, mining industry, tweed



Search for man missing in floodwater has been suspended

A man has been washed down a creek after trying to cross Martin Bridge at Larnook.

A man is clinging to a tree after trying to cross floodwaters

Tweed council date confirmed

Tweed residents will elect a new council on October 29 after candidate death forced reschedule.

Tweed to head to polls on October 29 after candidate death delay

Tweed deluge breaks rainfall records

Harrison Powick and Amy van den Akker have some fun at Murwillumbah after heavy rain.

August average rainfalls demolished.

Latest deals and offers

Blac Chyna sued after car injured 2 women

Blac Chyna is being sued after her friend crashed into another car

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

Chris Hemsworth surprises kids at hospital as Thor

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston surprised children at hospital

Single-day tickets on sale for each date of Falls Festival

LAUNCH: The Avalanches' Robbie Chater and Tony Diblasi were the official DJs at the Byron Bay launch of Falls Festival 2016/17.

Find out when is each artist playing this year in Byron Bay

MOVIE REVIEW: War Dogs tells a fascinating true story

Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in a scene from the movie War Dogs.

DARKLY funny film examines the business side of the war on terror.

Marvel-ous: Thor actors visit sick kids at Lady Cilento

Stars of Thor: Ragnarok dropped in on patients at the hospital

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m

Guess which Sunshine Coast suburb cracked the million dollar list?

This four-bedroom home at 26 McAnally Dr, Sunshine Beach was for sale for $7 million.

List of Australia's five most-expensive suburbs

Does it get any better than this? Check out this $2M home

LUXURY LIVING: The Coral Cove home built by Steve Coates Constructions that took out the best home over $2 million and the Wide Bay Burnett House of the Year at the Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards.

Wide Bay's best home is right on our doorstep