No Gas Rig Gig supports CSG health tests

ALMOST 500 people turned out to support the cause at the No Gas Rig Gig fundraiser, raising money for health tests on the effects of coal seam gas, while rocking out to some local musicians.

Co-organiser of the No Gas Rig Gig, Anne Thompson, said the event, held on Saturday night at the Lismore Workers Club, was "absolutely amazing", and had been even more successful than they'd hoped.

She explained that the gig was to raise money to go towards health checks on residents of the Tara region in southern Queensland where CSG is already being mined.

Ms Thompson said Brian Monk, who lives in the Tara residential estate on the Darling Downs, believes his children are suffering health effects from CSG mining.

"(His) children are having nosebleeds, headaches and severe rashes and the Government health department is saying there's no connection, so independent tests are needed, but they cost $1000 per patient," she said.

Along with the gig, which Ms Thompson said raised $10,000, the Gas Busters group also held a garage sale stall at the Lismore Car Boot Markets last week where they managed to raise another $2000.

Ms Thompson said the group had been aiming to raise $10,000 but had happily surpassed that number and could now afford to pay for 12 people from the Tara region to have the health tests done.

They handed over checks to Mr Monk that night so he could take them back to Tara and get the process of independent testing under way.

"He really admires the stand that we have taken here. He just keeps encour- aging us," Ms Thompson said.



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