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Bentley blockade phone in to politicians

SAY NO TO POLICE BEING USED TO FORCE ACCESS FOR GAS CORPORATION

PLEASE PHONE NSW PREMIER & POLICE MINISTER TODAY & EVERY DAY THIS WEEK.

Police are expected in large numbers at the Bentley Blockade site near Casino and Lismore, where the community are opposing gas drilling by Metgasco in the Northern Rivers.

The date of the 19th May has been confirmed for potentially 700+ riot police to enforce access for Metgasco to the proposed drill site.

The community believe this to be both unnecessary and an absolute breach of their democratic right to express their opposition to this toxic industry and that the Government has not heard nor acted on the community’s overwhelming support for a gasfield free community of which 87% voted against the industry in a local council election.

The Northern Rivers call on people everywhere, particularly in the cities, to support their opposition to this industry and demand that there is an immediate political solution that calls off the NSW police being used to force access. This level of force is dangerous and unnecessary for a community engaging in peaceful and non violent direct action to protect the land and water which they are dependent upon.

NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO CONTACT “STUART AYRES” AS HE STARTS HIS FIRST DAYS ON THE JOB AS MINISTER FOR POLICE AND ALSO BENTLEY FARMERS ARE IN SYDNEY TO SPEAK TO MINISTERS IN PARLIAMENT HOUSE ABOUT THE MATTER.

Stuart Ayres MP
Minister for Police
Level 36 Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place
SYDNEY NSW 2000
02 9228 5276
office@ayres.minister.nsw.gov.au

Premier Mike Baird
(02) 9228 5239
manly@parliament.nsw.gov.au
http://www.premier.nsw.gov.au/
GPO Box 5341
SYDNEY NSW 2001

Other Ministers to call:

* Pru Goward – Minister for Planning – Phone (02) 9228 5413  / office@goward.minister.nsw.gov.au

* Brad Hazzard – Minister for Justice (tehe!) – Phone (02) 9228 5258  /  office@hazzard.minister.nsw.gov.au

* Kevin Humphries – Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water – Phone (02) 9228 5248 / office@humphries.minister.nsw.gov.au
* Anthony Roberts – Minister for Resources and Energy – Phone (02) 9228 5289 /  office@roberts.minister.nsw.gov.au
* Rob Stokes – Minister for the Environment – Phone (02) 9228 5253  /  office@stokes.minister.nsw.gov.au
* Andrew Stoner – Minister for the North Coast – Phone (02) 9228 5209  /  office@deputypremier.nsw.gov.au

POINTS TO MAKE:
– Request the Government cancel sending in riot squad and police presence and make clear to them that they should enable the community, who are wholly opposed to this industry, to peacefully assemble and exercise their right to object to Metgasco’s gasfield exploration plans at the site.

– Request that the Government immediately freeze the licence and exploration activity and review the situation, and that based on the fact that the community are unequivocally opposed to the exploration of unconventional gas by Metgasco (87%+ say NO) that the exploration be cancelled to reflect democratic process, and the Petroleum exploration licence be revoked by the NSW Govt. as the gas company have “no social licence”.

Article about Bentley farmers arriving in Sydney today:- http://www.echo.net.au/2014/05/bentley-farmers-head-sydney-hunt-pollies/

7 news report tonight on the Bentley Blockade:- https://au.news.yahoo.com/video/watch/23276423/csg-protest-locals-to-defend-land/

ABC news report on the Bentley Blockade aired tonight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP7ztu_qfxw

For more info about the campaign go to Gasfield Free Northern Rivers webpage: http://gasfieldfreenorthernrivers.org/

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