Rallies plan to protest CSG

TWEED residents have slammed the coal-seam gas mining industry and plan to hold a slew of protest rallies across the region next weekend.

Lock the Gate Alliance is the driving force behind the rallies, which will be held in Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads, Burringbar, Uki, Mt Burrell, Byrrill Creek and Tyalgum next Sunday, October 16.

The day marks the start of National Water Week and the Tweed rallies will join with other events across the country.

Tweed couple Michael and Julie McNamara recently returned from a trip that saw them take the fight against coal-seam gas mining across New South Wales.

"Everybody should be at these rallies; if you drink water then this concerns you," Mr McNamara said.

The Northern Rivers Guardians spokesman said the rallies would be held on the National Day of Action and his group had already been hard at work creating banners to take to the Sydney rally.

"The banners will have the town names on them and one will show statements like "Murwillumbah says no to CSG."

Murwillumbah business owner Robina Lathouras said residents were aware of the rally and its importance to the community.

"I'm opposed to coal-seam gas mining after looking at what the consequences are. I think everybody should be aware of this event," said the Muse Collections owner.

Tweed residents have been voicing their support for the upcoming rallies on the Lock the Gate Alliance website, with one Murwillumbah man writing, "Just found out today our property is smack in the middle of a huge petroleum title granted some time in the past six months in the western half of the Tweed Shire. Have been aware of the problem for about six months and have been spreading the word to all our customers and friends".

Northern Rivers Guardians spokeswoman Andrea Vickers said the organisation is expecting a large number of residents to turn up to the rallies.

"We had more than 3000 people turn up to the Northern Rivers Guardians rally earlier this year and that indicates people are active in the support of this cause," Ms Vickers said.

"We have seen what happens with coal-seam gas mining in other towns like Chinchilla.

"All residents are encouraged to attend the rallies and take part in the action against CSG."

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