COOL TREAT: Greens leader Christine Milne enjoys a mango sorbet with Norco’s Andrew Burns.
COOL TREAT: Greens leader Christine Milne enjoys a mango sorbet with Norco’s Andrew Burns. Andy Parks

Greens rally behind farmers

BAD weather interrupted plans for a two-day helicopter trip across coal and CSG affected communities in NSW, but federal Greens leader Christine Milne and NSW Greens mining spokesman Jeremy Buckingham did make it for a tour of the Norco factory in Lismore on Friday.

The pair spent Thursday night in Moree and then had to drive to Lismore where they were driving home the message that the Greens are a farmer-friendly party.

"The Greens have legislation to give farmers the right to say no to CSG on their properties. It's time the old parties got on-board and supported this legislation and a CSG moratorium," she said.

She praised Norco for looking after the interests of their members and taking a stand on CSG, saying that dairy and mining were not compatible industries.

She also said the success of the campaign against CSG in the Northern Rivers was an example to other communities around Australia concerned about mining.

"When people are struggling they sometimes think that no-one is listening, but the thing about a campaign like this is that it makes people realise the great things they've got."

Ms Milne said the next century would be about food security and protecting water and agricultural land for future generations.

NSW MLC Jeremy Buckingham said there had been a noticeable shift in the attitudes of farmers towards the Greens in recent years, primarily because of concerns about CSG mining.

"When I started out (as an MP) I used to get booed when I turned up in country areas. But I think farmers are not getting the representation they want from the Nationals, which are increasingly being seen as the party of multinational mining interests," he said.



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