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Former coal mining villages say no to CSG

CSG StatsWOMBARRA and Scarborough residents have declared that they want their villages to remain ‘Coal Seam Gas (GSG) free’.

Stop CSG members have surveyed households in the two former coal mining villages, with an overwhelming majority of respondents declaring that they want their suburb to remain CSG-free.

Residents also want a ban on CSG development in the drinking water catchment and a freeze on the industry state-wide to investigate the impacts.

Stop CSG Illawarra spokesperson and Wombarra resident Jess Moore said while a CSG licence has been granted in these suburbs and across the drinking water catchment, the Government has not asked communities what they want.

“These results provide a very clear picture: a stop to CSG,” Ms Moore said.
“Residents want the CSG licenses over Scarborough, Wombarra and the drinking water catchment revoked, and no such new licenses granted.

“People are standing up to protect their communities; standing up where the Government has failed,” she said.

Survey data: Question one: Do you want your suburb to be CSG-free? Wombarra (by household) Yes: 202 (95.73%) No: 2 (0.95%) Don’t know: 7 (3.32%) Scarborough (by household) Yes: 77 (93.90%) No: 2 (2.44%) Don’t know: 3 (3.66%) Question two: Do you want CSG development banned in drinking water catchments? Wombarra (by household) Yes: 207 (98.10%) No: 2 (0.95%) Don’t know: 2 (0.95%) Scarborough (by household) Yes: 78 (95.12%) No: 2 (2.44%) Don’t know: 2 (2.44%) Question three: Do you want a freeze on the industry in NSW to investigate the impacts? Wombarra (by household) Yes: 200 (94.79%) No: 6 (2.84%) Don’t know: 5 (2.37%) Scarborough (by household) Yes: 76 (92.68%) No: 4 (4.88%) Don’t know: 2 (2.44%)
Wombarra: 211 households responded, no-one was home at 104 on more than one occasion and 13 households indicated they were busy or not interested. Scarborough: 82 households responded, no-one was home at 63 on more than one occasion and 15 households indicated they were busy or not interested.

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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