LONG HAUL: Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell (above) speaks with protester Terry Elvey.
LONG HAUL: Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell (above) speaks with protester Terry Elvey. Jojo Newby

Mayors back CSG protest

PROTESTERS at Glenugie, south of Grafton, are "in it for the long haul," said Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell after visiting the coal seam gas protest yesterday.

Cr Dowell visited the protest with Lismore councillor Glenys Ritchie, Byron mayor Simon Richardson and Byron councillor Basil Cameron.

Protestors show Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson around the Metgasco CSG site.
Protestors show Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson around the Metgasco CSG site.

"Spirits are high and people are feeling positive," Cr Dowell said.

Police arrested 18 people almost two weeks ago at the Glenugie site where Metgasco is doing test drilling.

Seven people were arrested on Tuesday.

Cr Richardson said it was clear the Glenugie protesters appreciated their visit.

"Most people are new to campaigning and blockading, so there is still a lot of optimism," he said.

"But there are others who are despondent.

"I was hoping the people there would feel supported by the people of Byron and the Northern Rivers, and I think they felt that.

"People from our neck of the woods are seriously aware of what they are doing at Glenugie and we appreciate it.

Cr Dowell said they were "feeling the pressure after 50 days of protesting".

Byron Shire councillor Basil Cameron
Byron Shire councillor Basil Cameron

"This (coal seam gas) problem is not going to be solved overnight, so we need to be there for the long haul," she said.

"That commitment is definitely there at Glenugie.

"It's a natural reaction for people to be passionate and committed about this."

Tweed mayor Barry Longland was expected to join the other, but gave his apologies due to commitments at Murwillumbah.

The protest at Doubtful Creek, 30km from Kyogle, also continued yesterday.



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