Mur'bah locals rally to fight CSG
A COMMUNITY meeting held in Murwillumbah on Wednesday night has unanimously supported the proposition that Murwillumbah be declared coal seam gas free.
"A group of 40 residents viewed a film about the impacts of CSG and discussed the road survey process that underpins the CSG-free Communities initiative," Lock the Gate-Tweed member Michael McNamara said.
"Participants resolved to start surveying their neighbours about their views.
"We are pleased that there are people in the Murwillumbah community who share our commitment to give local residents a voice.
"We are prepared to survey Murwillumbah street by street."
Mr McNamara said giving local communities a voice about the direction of development in their area was something the state government and the mining companies have never been prepared to do.
"In the road survey residents are able to answer Yes, No or Unsure to the survey question 'Would you like your road/land declared CSG-free?" Mr McNamara said.
"If we get a majority of residents on a street indicating that they support their street being CSG-free then we will declare that street accordingly.
"Judging by the response in surrounding rural villages, where the levels of support for being declared CSG-free are averaging 97%, I think it is only a matter of time before the whole of Murwillumbah is declared CSG-free.
"Communities covering half the Tweed Shire have already been declared CSG-free."