CSG fight turns to rock
MURWILLUMBAH will host what could be the biggest stand against coal seam gas mining through the Lock the Gate Alliance National Week of Action during October.
On Saturday, October 13, the week kicks off with a rally from 10am and concert labelled "Rock the Gate - Northern Rivers."
High profile speakers will join a march through the Murwillumbah CBD, with as well a concert planned from 1pm.
"The National Week of Action has been called by Lock the Gate Alliance to give local communities a chance to stand up against the rapid expansion of coal and coal seam gas activities," said lock the gate Tweed's Michael McNamara.
"The event gives residents a chance to make their voices heard and to have a bit of fun at the same time.
"Recent announcements by the NSW state government do not give communities any confidence that they are actually listening to the people they supposedly represent.
"Communities all over the Northern Rivers are saying they want to be gasfield free with the average level of support running at 97%.
"In the Tweed Shire we have communities covering half the land area of the shire and all of the Arrow exploration licence within the shire (PEL445) declared gas field free"
"Yet the state government recently announced the renewal or extension of 22 exploration licences and the granting of a production licence in the Casino area with no community consultation"
"They have also removed the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking."
Speakers will include Drew Hutton, president of Lock the Gate Alliance, Annie Kia, co-ordinator of the Gas field Free Communities initiative and national broadcaster Alan Jones.
A march through the Murwillumbah CBD is scheduled for noon.
Performers appearing include Kerrianne Cox, cast members of the highly successful "Songs of Haight Ashbury" show including James T from Canned Heat, Natalie Pa'apa'a from Blue King Brown, the Round Mountain Girls and a host of others.
Video messages of support from celebrities such as Xavier Rudd, Leo Sayer and John Butler, who are unable to attend because of performance commitments, will be beamed onto a large screen next to the stage.
Recently retired Greens Senator Bob Brown will also send a video message of support.