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Anti-CSG highway protest longest ever

ROADSIDE RAGE: Knitting Nannas (from left) Meg Heggen, Angela Dalu, Rosie Lee, Anne Thompson, Rosmary, and Carmel Bennett, set up their roadside protest at Knockrow on the Pacific Hwy.
ROADSIDE RAGE: Knitting Nannas (from left) Meg Heggen, Angela Dalu, Rosie Lee, Anne Thompson, Rosmary, and Carmel Bennett, set up their roadside protest at Knockrow on the Pacific Hwy. Marc Stapelberg

PROTESTERS against Coal Seam Gas staged what they called the longest protest ever, covering up to 2500 kilometres of highway across two states.

The community-based protest movement aimed to have protesters park on the side of the Pacific and Newell highways at regular intervals displaying anti-CSG banners and signs.

There were at least seven groups of protesters, splashing the colour yellow and various signs, from Goonellabah on Bruxner Highway up to Knockrow on the Pacific Highway.

People from the local area decided to come and join the protest after seeing what had been done on the Newell Highway, where the idea originated, Knitting Nanna Against Gas Anne Thompson said.

Using social media, Ms Thompson soon found that people from as far as the Gold Coast and Newcastle wanted to get involved.

Yesterday was picked to expand the protest because of the vast amounts of traffic associated with the end of the school holidays, she said.

"People are happy to come out with their signs and man the highways in safe, legal positions to get the message out to all this traffic."

The Newell Highway protest has also grown and people were coming out in support as far away as Chinchilla in Queensland.

"The last time I checked, 2500 kilometres had been covered by protesters, and it has been expanding all the time," she said.

"The Nationals say they are going to buy back one of the local CSG licences, but it is a promise made just seven days before the election and a complete turnaround," she said.

"We are not a hundred per cent confident that they will buy it back before June 30 - their cut off date," she said.

"We want everyone to know we don't want CSG in this area; we want all the licences cancelled," she said.

The Knitting Nannas set up a comfortable protest site outside the Macadamia Castle, after getting permission from the owners, Ms Thompson said.

Many travellers showed their support for the protests by blasting their horns.

Topics:  anti-csg protest, csg, editors picks, newell highway




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