Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Annie Kia holding the baskets full of CSG Free Community declarations.
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Annie Kia holding the baskets full of CSG Free Community declarations. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Lismore residents CSG vote

LISMORE residents will vote on whether they support the development of a coal seam gas industry in the region in September but whole North Coast communities have already expressed their view.

They've declared their communities coal seam gas free as part of a movement unique to the fight.

It started with The Channon in February, and was quickly followed by others including Dunoon, Keerrong, North Lismore and Ewingar.

Up to 20 communities have now signed up to a pledge to protect the region from the industry's "radical plan to turn the Northern Rivers into gas fields".

The declarations are powerful statements which send a clear political message, says Southern Cross University law and justice lecturer Aidan Ricketts.

He said the declarations counter the legal power of coal seam gas companies to force entry to land and make it clear to politicians the political cost of allowing access is unacceptably high.

"The Coal Seam Gas Free Community strategy is a powerful new political strategy aimed at defending communities through the use of a solidarity based approach," Mr Ricketts said.

"Communities don't feel politicians or the parliament have protected their interests sufficiently, and because the legislative position is so unfavourable to landowners they are having to rely on community and political resistance."

The movement was the brainchild of The Channon resident Annie Kia and some of her anti-coal seam gas colleagues. Ms Kia now co-ordinates the program.

"The declarations are an expression of the will of community members because government and the legal system has failed them," Ms Kia said.

 

HOW COMMUNITIES VOTED

Do you want your roads/lands CSG free? **

THE CHANNON

99% said Yes

KEERRONG

100% said Yes

DUNOON

98.5% said Yes

MODANVILLE

97% said Yes

GOOLMANGAR

97% said Yes

EWINGAR

97% said Yes

NIMBIN

100% said Yes

DORROUGHBY

97% said Yes

JIGGI

97% said Yes

NORTH LISMORE

93% said Yes

ROSEBANK

100% said Yes

TREGEAGLE

100% said Yes

TYALGUM

100% said Yes

** Results compiled from a public meeting and/or a CSG survey in each area.



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