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Anti coal seam gas campaign comes to Bulli

The Stop Coal Seam Gas human sign at Austinmer in 2011.

The Stop Coal Seam Gas human sign at Austinmer in 2011.

A FUNDRAISER is organised for 7pm this Friday (June 7) at Bulli’s Heritage Hotel, to raise funds for the campaign to stop coal seam gas mining (CSG).

Stop CSG Illawarra spokesperson Chris Williams said the evening, titled BlockAid, aims to raise funds for a community blockade should residents deem it necessary to peacefully block work on the local CSG project if any work should start.

“If the NSW Government fails to protect our drinking water and work starts on the local CSG project, this community has vowed to organise a community blockade,” he said.

“We will only take this action if the Government leaves us with no other option. The blockade will be peaceful and very well organised and we will work with police and emergency service crews to ensure the site is safe for participants.

“To ensure the blockade is effective, we need to raise funds to cover a range of costs – from hiring portable toilets and shade covers to adequate sound system. BlockAid is a chance for campaign supporters to enjoy some wonderful local entertainment and help out the cause.

Tickets are $20 per person ($15 concession) and can be purchased via Stop CSG Illawarra’s website. Performers donating their time to the campaign for free include Alotta Presha, Beat Meisters, Sweet Lime, Michele Madden and The Merchants.

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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