Honorary member casts on for knitting nannas at Glenugie
BECOMING an honorary member of the Grafton chapter of Knitting Nannas Against Coal Seam Gas was a gimme for Greens Upper House member Jan Barham (pictured).
Ms Barham, who until September was mayor of Byron Bay, is an avid knitter, and set to work on a yellow triangle soon after setting foot on the Glenugie protest sight yesterday.
"I never thought to get to like yellow so much, but now I'm a convert," she said, referring to the colour scheme of the anti-CSG protest site.
Ms Barham used the parliamentary break to catch up on the region's protest against CSG after missing the recent meeting in Lismore.
"It seemed to me the Lismore meeting indicated a strong community presence around the issue, but the people are not being listened to," she said.
"The politicians are not respectful to people and not doing enough work to get across the subject and listening to voters."
Ms Barham said the anti-CSG protest revealed a new dynamic in the political process.
"Never before have I seen an issue where the community is better informed than the members of parliament," she said.