Glen Schaefer addresses protestors outside Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker’s office.
Glen Schaefer addresses protestors outside Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker’s office.

Luke Hartsuyker told to Lock the Gate by CSG protesters

PROTESTORS marched on Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker's Coffs Harbour office as part of a national action against coal seam gas and mining operations on Thursday.

The "Call to Country" campaign was organised by the Lock the Gate Alliance and involved concerned residents called for Federal action to prevent potential environmental damage from natural resource extraction.

About 40 protestors, many landowners, displayed support for Lock the Mid North Coast's efforts and gathered outside Mr Hartsuyker's office and posted their demands onto windows.

The protest calls for an immediate moratorium on coal seam gas operations, a Royal Commission to investigate governments' management of resource extraction, strengthening laws protecting residents and the environment and for handouts to mining companies through tax breaks and other means to cease.

Lock the Mid North Coast spokesman Glen Schaefer told the crowd the group had met with Mr Hartsuyker on Wednesday to talk about the issues around CSG.

He told the Advocate that the meeting had ended without any committments from Mr Hartsuyker.

"Very uninspiring, he made no committments," Mr Schaefer said.

"He said a couple of very bizarre things, one was that the coalition would release their policy before the Federal election."

Mr Schaefer predicted CSG would be a big issue in the lead-up to the national poll with the Federal government's hands-off, leave it to the states position being challenged.

He said there LTGMNC had 1800 people signed up to its email list and nationally there were about 50,000 people involved in the movement.

"Federal MPs have been sitting back and watching the state governments mishandle this issue," Mr Schaefer said.

"They can act, they can certainly reduce subsidies, they can definitely put a moratorium on extraction.

He said NSW Premier Barry O'Farrel's recent announcement of restrictions on CSG did not go far enough."

"That was just policy making on the run," he said.



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