Singer Pete Murray says he was 'shocked' to learn about CSG
SINGER Pete Murray was mobbed by young girls as he waited to perform at the Rock the Gate rally at Murwillumbah Showground on Saturday.
But the mild-mannered Murray took it all in his stride.
He admits he knew little about the coal-seam gas mining debate until recently.
"A friend of mine filled me in on the issue," he said.
"I have to say I was pretty shocked when I heard about the possible effects of the process.
"I think it's great to see so many people coming together to object.
"Someone has to take a stand and the thousands of people at the rally certainly made their point.
"There was such a diversity of people at the rally. It was very impressive."
There's some debate over just how many people attended the rally, with anything from 1500 to 6500 being tossed around.
The ABC reported over 4000.
Cabarita resident Michele Parker said she felt there were about 5000 people at the rally.
"Not everyone was in the march," she said.
"A good 1000 or so people were at the showground doing other things.
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"I just know there was a heck of a lot of people making their point."
Organiser Michael McNamara said he felt there was a good 4500.
"The march numbers increased as people joined on the way, so there were many more at the end of the march," he said.
Mr McNamara said he was elated with the success of the rally.
"I'm also exhausted," he said.
"It took a lot of organising and I can't thank the volunteers and performers enough for their efforts.
"It was so good to see such talented people show their support and to have such an impressive line-up of performers."
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