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Community leaders call for coal seam gas ban in water catchments

ILLAWARRA community leaders will come together tomorrow to petition the State Government to change its draft Strategic Regional Land Use Policy.

Stop CSG Illawarra spokesperson Jess Moore says the policy does not rule out coal seam gas (CSG) development in drinking water catchments.

Ms Moore said the policy does not classify drinking water catchments as land of strategic importance.

“There are five big drinking water catchments managed by the Sydney Catchment Authority. All are covered or encroached on by CSG exploration licences.

“These catchments supply drinking water to two thirds of people in NSW.”

The conference will take place at 10am in the Level 9 Function Room, Wollongong City Council building, Burelli Street Wollongong. It will include the launch of a petition to have CSG prospecting and mining banned in NSW drinking water catchments.

The panel will include Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery, State MP for Keira Ryan Park, Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO, Sharralyn Robinson and Stop CSG Illawarra’s Ms Moore.

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 Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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