Police arrest protestor Benny Zable at the Goonellabah Sports and
Police arrest protestor Benny Zable at the Goonellabah Sports and

Activist objects to Aussie BBQ

COLOURFUL local activist Benny Zable, Nimbin’s unofficial ambassador to sister town Woodstock in the US, threw the only spanner in Lismore’s Australia Day ceremonies at Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Mr Zable was inspired to take his anti-meat production protest to the event after seeing the official Australia Day retro poster slogan, ‘BBQ like you’ve never BBQ’d before’.

Wearing his world famous post-apocalyptic Grim Reaper outfit, it was unclear whether Lismore City Council officials objected to dress sense or his associated information boards blaming meat production for excessive carbon emissions.

Either way Mr Zable found himself on the wrong end of the law as police came to move him on.

“I admit I got a bit stroppy with a council representative who ordered me out of the building, but I wanted to participate as an insider, not an outsider” he said.

“This issue is about the well-being of all Australians. I’ll write to the mayor and ask her to drop the complaint.

“Police forcibly removed me from the building, and told me I had to stay out of Goonellabah for 12 hours, which I refused, so they arrested me.

Police confirmed Mr Zable had been arrested and charged with trespass. He was released and ordered to appear in Lismore Local Court on March 1.



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