Nannas take up needles against the CSG industry

Maureen O'Shea, left, from South Grafton and Magda Mussared, from Waterview Heights knitting on the frontline of the Knitting Nannas protest against CSG outside Chris Gulaptis' office in Grafton on Friday.
Maureen O'Shea, left, from South Grafton and Magda Mussared, from Waterview Heights knitting on the frontline of the Knitting Nannas protest against CSG outside Chris Gulaptis' office in Grafton on Friday.

A GROUP of Clarence Valley women has taken up knitting needles to join the fight against coal seam gas mining.

Calling themselves the Knitting Nannas Against Gas, the Clarence Valley chapter gathered outside the Grafton office of the Member for Clarence, Christ Gulaptis, today.

Group spokeswoman Leonie Blain said the group drew inspiration from a similar demonstration in Lismore.

"We think it's a novel way of drawing attention to the issue," Ms Blain said.

"We want to get the message across to the politicians we don't believe the line they are spinning us on CSG."

Ms Blain said the people in the group, which included one male apprentice knitter, Brent Wilson, said they were worried about what sort of world will be left for their children and grand children.

Mr Wilson said government claims they were concerned about prime agricultural land were hard to believe.

"Look at what they're doing to the Darling Downs. You can't get more prime agricultural land than the Darling Downs and look at what they're doing to it."

Another member of the group said this demonstration was just the start of a week of protests against CSG.

She said tomorrow morning three groups, Pillar Valley Lock the Gate, Yuraygir Coast and Range Against CSG and the Clarence Alliance Against CSG planned to hang anti-CSG banners from the Grafton Bridge.

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