Aussie songwriter makes a 'Last Stand' against coal seam gas
WHEN Australian singer and songwriter Ash Grunwald visited the Tara region, he was told stories about bubbling methane gas and unexplainable bleeding noses.
He believes, like some of the residents of the area, that the cause is coal seam gas mining.
Mr Grunwald was inspired by their tales and penned the recently released track, The Last Stand.
"I thought I would come and see what was happening for myself," Mr Grunwald said.
"You probably couldn't understand what it is like until you see the river bubbly away with methane; it is a bit of a shock.
"I knew it was there but when you see it oozing through the mud and hear people's stories, it was a shock for me.
"In one sense it was good to visit the sites to see it for myself, but at the same time it was a freaky experience."
Mr Grunwald said he has always taken an interest in CSG mining and its effects on the environment and people.
"I understand that people need jobs and I don't blame people working in those jobs," he said.
"I just think it is not the right thing to do now, and if you do it then the proper research needs to be done first."