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MR: Northern Rivers community representatives say “No Deal” to Federal Energy Minister and Metgasco.

Tourism operator and Marine Biologist Wendy Craig Duncan and Ian Gaillard , regional coordinator of Lock the Gate Community put the case to keep the Northern Rivers free of industrial gasfields at a ‘stakeholders’ meeting held in the office of the Federal industry minister Ian Macfarlane today.

The meeting called at short notice in Canberra included local member Kevin Hogan and local farming, gas industry and state government  representatives.

The Minister and Metgasco were provided with latest survey results showing that the vast majority of local residents, including those in the Richmond Valley LGA are opposed to gasfield development.

“This has now become a test of democracy, we have an overwhelming majority across the Northern Rivers opposed to gasfield development, including the Federal MPs for Richmond and Page who come from different sides of politics. Its time for state and federal governments to listen to the community rather than to the industry lobbyists and stop this unwanted industrial invasion”, Mr Gaillard said.

Mr Gaillard added “Given the lack of support for the Industry, the way forward in the Northern Rivers would be to formulate an exit plan for Metgasco so it can cut its losses.”

“Northern Rivers residents do not want Invasive Gas fields and there are so many serious questions unanswered about the safety and impactof this industry.” said Ian Gaillard.

Wendy Craig Duncan told the meeting:

“The NSW government exclusion zones are an admission that CSG mining has negative impacts. All residential dwellings ,agricultural land and water catchments must be included in these zones ,with no exceptions  or compromises. “

Mrs Craig Duncan said that to exclude any resident is akin to creating a sub-class within our society, where certain people’s health and livelihood’s are seen as expendible or collateral damage. This is just not acceptable.

Contact. Ian Gaillard.           0431 108784

Wendy Craig Duncan.      0423369373

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