Residents continue protest support

NORTHERN River's protesters are continuing to stand with farmers at Kerry, near Beaudesert, as they blockade a drill site in an effort to force Arrow Energy to conduct base line water testing before drilling commences.

Keerrong Gas Squad member Ian Gaillard spent Saturday at the blockade and said about 20 other Northern River's residents were there.

Protest spokeswoman Heidi Ross said Arrow representatives had on Saturday agreed to negotiate with the group.

"Arrow Executive Tony Knight came to the site and agreed to start discussions with the blockade to thrash out an agreement," Ms Ross said.

"So we've called a 24-hour ceasefire, as it were.

"We're very happy with the developments, even though we're not quite there yet."

Ms Ross said several members of the group would remain on the property, as would Arrow Energy's drilling equipment.

In a brief statement, Arrow said negotiations were continuing.

"Discussions have continued on site with the protesters and Arrow is continuing to engage with the community on their concerns for the region," the statement said.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, 28-year-old NSW schoolteacher Daniel Robins, who spent more than 24 hours atop a 7m drilling rig, climbed down when his demand to speak to an Arrow executive was met.

Robins was later charged with trespass and will appear in court today.

A total of 12 other protesters, including Wanda Halden of Larnook and Alan Roberts of Kyogle, have been arrested at the site and charged with contravening a police direction.


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