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Thousands rally against coal seam gas mining at Bulli

JUST over 3,000 people rallied at Bulli today to send a clear message to the NSW Government by spelling out: “Protect H20, Stop CSG!”.

Stop CSG Illawarra spokesperson Jess Moore said following a slew of broken promises by the state government last month, and a failure to rule out CSG development in drinking water catchments, people across the Illawarra came out in force once again.

“It’s astonishing that the community is having to fight the state government to protect our water supply.

“O’Farrell promised to ban exploration and mining in the drinking water catchment. This was – quite clearly – a lie.

“No part of NSW – not the land where food is grown, not our water catchments – has been ruled out to CSG development.

Protesters prepare for today’s ‘human sign’ at Slacky Flat, Bulli. PHOTO: Warren & Diana Ackary.

“But this community is ensuring our land and water is protected. We’ve won a freeze on the local project and had an application withdrawn due to the level of opposition here.

“It’s past time we saw this reflected in policy.

Protester Steve Whistler said the Illawarra took a stand today.

“We want to see a science-first approach to CSG that puts facts
before development, and a ban on CSG in the drinking water catchment.”

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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One thought on “Thousands rally against coal seam gas mining at Bulli

  1. A great effort by volunteers & residents to make the human sign.

    Like

    Posted by wazza180 | October 22, 2012, 1:35 am

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