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Councillor calls for support on CSG

Cr Jill Merrin

Cr Jill Merrin

THE Illawarra Greens have called for Wollongong City Council to support the ban on Coal Seam Gas exploration and mining in the water catchment.

Greens Councillor Jill Merrin said Council have discussed a CSG policy drafted up by the Association of Mining Related Councils.

“As a member of the Association, Wollongong needs to ensure that any CSG policy is consistent with our decisions,” Cr Merrin said.

“Since Wollongong Council was elected in 2011, we have consistently and strongly supported out community in opposing coal seam gas exploration and mining, especially in the water catchment. A series of Motions I put up in the first year of our tenure gained unanimous approval, and the issue also gained support in many of our neighbouring Councils and the Southern Councils Group.

“if we don’t know the full impact of CSG mining, and the risks are great, then we need to apply the Precautionary Principle.

“The people of Wollongong, the Illawarra, and in the water catchment, have spoken loudly and clearly – they want water, not gas,” Cr Merrin said,

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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