LIVE: Court day for CSG protesters

Supporters gather outside Grafton Courthouse
Supporters gather outside Grafton Courthouse


THE street theatre of the anti-CSG protest continued in Grafton Court  today when 18 people charged with offences at the Glenugie protest appeared in court.

One protester who has been in custody for the past week, John Wyborn, has just emerged to cheers after $500 bail was posted for his release.

Outside the court one of Mr Wyborn's co-accused asked if anyone with a credit card could post bail for him. Several volunteered, Last week Mr Wyborn, who was twice arrested at the Glenugie protest site, refused to sign bail forms and was remanded in custody until today's local court hearing.

Magistrate David Heilpern has ordered briefs of evidence to be prepared for most of the accused by March 3 and adjourned the cases for mention on March 11.

Mr Heilpern told one of the accused, Benjamin Zable, he could apply to the Coffs Clarence Police Commander to have the charges dropped.

Mr Zable, a performance artist, was self represented.

He took the microphone and attempted to make a speech in court, claiming he had DVD evidence the charges against him were false.

Magistrate Heilpern cut him off and explained the court procedure would allow him to have his say at a future hearing.

Outside the court Mr Zable donned his costume consisting of a shawl covered in slogans and a gas mask, His performance was greeted with enthusiastic applause from the crowd.

The crowd of protesters is now heading to the office of Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis.

More to come.



ANTI-CSG activists are gathering outside Grafton Court House this morning to support protesters arrested at the Glenugie site last month.

About 20 were erecting banners and holding signs outside the court by 9am.

Pillar Valley land owner Wendy Craig-Duncan said the protesters had exhausted all the avenues of getting their message across which had led to the arrests of protesters at Glenugie.

She said it was vital the authorities took heed of the message that CSG mining had dangerous consequences for the environment, especially ground water and aquifer

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