New rules to keep protest peace
KYOGLE Council met with about 15 frustrated Doubtful Creek residents on Thursday who are fed up with hampered road access and intimidation by some anti-CSG protesters at the Knights Rd protest site.
The Council is now drafting a set of protocols to manage any future protests and avoid these kinds of issues happening again.
"Our protocols will address such issues as parking, camping, toilet facilities, keeping the road free, and working with the protest groups and keeping the local population as minimally affected by it as we possibly can," Kyogle Shire mayor Ross Brown said.
Cr Brown said some local landowners had reached 'the final straw' and had reached out to council to take more responsibility for the situation.
"The crux of the matter was on Tuesday night a gentleman out there was trying to get his cattle to market and they blockaded his gate in and they wouldn't move, and he couldn't get his cattle out," he said.
"They feel harassed, they feel intimated, and it's been going on for so long they almost feel like they're under siege."
"The tensions and pressure on these people is that high that one of them actually broke down when they had this meeting with us."
The Knights Rd protest site lies outside the entrance to a NSW Forestry pine plantation (officially part of Eden Creek State Forest) through which the drilling site is accessed.
It has now been going on for almost four weeks.