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July Newsletter: CSG Free Northern Rivers


CSG Free Northern Rivers Newsletter.
CSG Free Northern Rivers
Dear Supporters,The last month has again been a busy one in the region with a petition of more than 10,000 signatures presented in state parliament calling for a CSG free region and Northern Rivers residents travelling to Canberra with landholders and supporters from across the Eastern seaboard for a sit in on the steps of parliament.  The Canberra action was successful in highlighting the current expansion of coal and gas mining across the country and called for Federal action to give landowners a ‘fair go’ against mining giants.CanberraLocking the Coast

Celebrations in the Byron Shire exploded this month with 3 coastal communities holding their Gasfield Free declaration celebrations. Brunswick Heads kicked off on the first of the month with a gentle celebration at the sound stage by the river, followed by Ocean Shores and Surrounds, where choirs and musicians took to the stage along with Mayor Simon Richardson who was presented with four village scrolls. Fittingly, Mullumbimby celebrated at their local Farmers Market, where a stately and colourful procession paraded around the market and the town was proudly declared “Frack Free”. The Byron Bay group is also busily planning a huge day of celebration on July 21st that will begin with a sunrise meditation at the lighthouse and incorporate much music, street theatre and above all lots of fun.


Shale Gas in the Northern Rivers??

A new report Shale Engineering Energy; Unconventional Gas Production, produced by the Australian Council of Learned Academics shows gas miners may have their sights on shale gas in our region.   The report identifies that the Clarence-Moreton Basin contains shale gas in the Koukandowie and Raceview formations and that the deeper coal seams may also be targeted in future. While Dart and Metgasco have announced their temporary withdrawal from our region, this report highlights the fact that we will not be safe from invasive until all PELs have been cancelled, and our region is declared Gasfield Free. Despite our euphoria at the company withdrawals, it is clear that we need to keep working towards this important campaign goal.

Upcoming Events


For those of you who have not yet visited the gas fields in Queensland and witnessed the stark reality of the destructive CSG industry, July is the time to do it! Show your support for locals living with the industry, enjoy great entertainment and solidarity with other protectors at Daynes party- a concert in the gaslands on July 13th!

Celebrate the work of our dedicated Northern Rivers film makers Brendan Shoebridge and David Lowe at the premiere of two new Lock the Gate documentaries at the Star Court Theatre in Lismore on August 17th. The films look at the impacts of coal and unconventional gas mining on Australia and feature the personal stories of Australians whose lives have been changed forever mining developments.

Looking forward to seeing you at these events,

CSG Free Northern Rivers

CSG Free
Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

July 5th: Heritage Fight screening plus Do the Maths

Short with Bill McKibben- Lismore Workers Club 6.30 $10/5

July 13: NVDA workshop, Stokers Siding

July 13: Daynes party

July 21: CSG Free Byron Celebration

August 17th: Premiere Screening of Lock the Gate documentaries at the Star Court Theatre Lismore

Check our our public events calendar and read more about events in the Northern Rivers and elsewhere on our events page.

Recent News

Recent News

Read our latest media releases and stories of interest about coal seam gas from our news archive.

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