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Fracking good entertainment

THE best of the Illawarra’s musical and performing talent will be donating their time and tunes to a fundraising event this Saturday, for the ongoing campaign to stop coal seam gas (CSG) mining.

Celebrated TED X darlings The Glamma Rays, the immensely talented Carrie Phillis and The Downtown Three and reggae wunderkinds Alotta Presha are just some of the performers at the all-day event at the Wollongong City Diggers on Saturday April 14.

They’ll be joined by Local Blues artist Big Earle, the Wil Massey Band and Justin Frew’s Loose Intentions amongst others, to raise much needed funds and to keep the spotlight firmly on the divisive and destructive practice of coal seam gas mining.

Starting at midday and rocking until late, circus performers will join musicians and dancers for an early all-ages gig that will continue on until late in the evening for the older folk.

This years’ all-day festival at the Wollongong City Diggers follows the hugely successful music and art gig held at Bulli Heritage Hotel last year.

Thousands of residents have been putting their voices and financial support behind the Stop CSG Illawarra campaign to raise awareness about the practice, and the Illawarra community is regarded as one of the most organised and vocal opponents of coal seam gas mining in the country.

Stop CSG Illawarra is calling for a moratorium on coal seam gas mining until the outcome of a Royal Commission and a ban on ‘fracking’.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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