Rocking CSG bandwagon
THE atmosphere was cheery despite occasional drizzly weather as performers Xavier Rudd, Ash Grunwald, Diana Anaid, Nathan Clearly, Andrea Soler, and Lil' Fi took to a stage erected with a direct line of sight to a CSG drilling rig on an adjoining property.
The installation of the rig - located west of Summerland Way between Kyogle and Casino - sparked fierce confrontations between protesters and the property owner, police and Metgasco workers.
Co-organiser Nick Hanlon said the concert was a private party promoted via word of mouth and social media.
She said it was held to show support to frontline activists put under stress during the anti-CSG action.
Mr Knight said he was happy to play host because he was so opposed to CSG mining.
He said he was worried that contaminated water from the nearby drill site would flow directly onto his property and poison his dam.
"At night the light and noise from the rig already means I can't sleep," he said.
Teacher Greg Lyons, of Casino, said he was there to show support for the activists on the front lines of the anti-CSG protests.
"We have people being arrested and verbally and physically abused, and things like this party help them not lose heart," Mr Lyons said.
Nimbin resident Robyn Berry said she hoped such events would make those in power realize that the majority of Northern Rivers people did not support CSG.