M'bah asked for opinion on CSG

MURWILLUMBAH gets a chance to be part of the coal seam gas (CSG)-free initiative on Wednesday when residents meet at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre to gauge community opinion on the issue.

"For those who want to find out how bad CSG is - we will have a video about the impact of CSG on the Northern Rivers at 6pm," Lock the gate Tweed's Michael McNamara said.

Food will be available at the end of the video.

The action meeting will start at 7.15pm.

"Currently, support for the Tweed being CSG-free is running at over 97% across communities already surveyed," Mr McNamara said.

"These community-based road surveys have been validated by the poll of Lismore residents at the weekend that showed opposition to CSG running at 88%."

"The announcement of the release of the state government's Strategic Land Use Policy and the approval of a production lease for Metgasco in the Casino/Lismore area means it is more important than ever to have a big turnout and send a strong statement from the community to Thomas George and the rest of the state government that the residents of the Tweed do not support coal seam gas in this area.

"It is only the expressed will of the people that is going to make a difference.

"It is also important to keep the pressure on newly elected Tweed Shire councillors to make sure they stand with the community on this important issue."

The community of Stokers Siding is the latest to join the growing number of Tweed Shire communities declaring themselves CSG-free.

"Stokers Siding will proudly take its place alongside other Tweed communities who have also declared themselves CSG-free," Mr McNamara said.

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