Greens candidate says Fraser’s $1000 wager is ”juvenile”
ELECTION fervour is hotting up in the electorate of Richmond with the Greens federal candidate Dawn Walker calling one of her opponents "ill-informed" when it comes to CSG.
Yesterday, the Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser pledged to donate $1000 to charity if MP Justine Elliot could show him a commercially viable deposit of CSG within the Richmond electorate.
Ms Walker said his comments highlighted the need for more community education on the issue and said his offer of a wager was "juvenile."
"The Nationals candidate for Richmond was quoted as saying, 'the fact of the matter is there is no CSG to harvest in Richmond,'"Ms Walker said.
"This is a strange comment to make when large mining companies have shown great interest in the region.
"Exploration licence PEL445 stretches from Lennox Head to Tyalgum and from Nimbin through to Byron, and another licence application in the system includes Tweed Heads, the Tweed Coast, Banora Point and Murwillumbah."
Ms Walker has called for the Nationals candidate to go on the record about whether he supported CSG mining.
"We know that the North Coast is not prepared to accept the risk to water and community health from coal seam gas. They are looking for leadership on energy policy," Ms Walker said.
If elected to parliament, Ms Walker said her first action will be to call for an urgent national moratorium on CSG mining and introduce legislation to create blanket "CSG exclusion zones" to protect our productive farmland, villages, cultural heritage sites, national parks and drinking water catchments from the potential harm of this high-risk industry.