At least 3000 expected at CSG rally

WITH a massive anti coal seam gas mining rally planned for this coming Saturday at Murwillumbah Showground, organiser Michael McNamara has taken a parting shot at resources minister Chris Hartcher.

In a speech in Brisbane last week Mr Hartcher accused green groups of creating an irresponsible debate about coal-seam gas, particularly in Northern NSW.

"If he thinks we are just making background noise, then he's in for a big surprise Mr McNamara said.

"We are about to make a hell of a lot of noise and hopefully he will hear it, along with NSW premier Barry O'Farrell.

Mr McNamara said he expects a minimum of 3,000 people at the rally, but the yellow human sign has been scrapped due to time constrictions.

"There isn't time for both a march and the human sign," he said.

"The march will have more impact and has taken precedence due to popular demand."

Aerial photographs are planned of the march.

"It should be quite a sight from the air," Mr McNamara said.

"I'm hoping the whole of the Murwillumbah CBD will me a yellow mass of people.

"It will send a resounding message that we do not want CSG mining in the Tweed.

"But with so much happening in the rest of NSW, we may have many more than the predicted 3,000 at the rally.

"If that happens I will be jumping with joy."

Similar events are planned throughout NSW with a human sign planned in Sydney on Saturday.

"It will be displayed on a big screen at the Murwillumbah rally," Mr McNamara said.

Singer/songwriter Pete Murray will head the entertainment, with high profile guest speakers lined up.

Gates open at 9.30am with the rally starting at 10am, the march at noon and entertainment from 1pm.

Supporters are asked to wear yellow.

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