Sunday, 23 October 2011

10,000 people at national day of action against CSG

From Cairns in Far North Queensland to Margaret River in Western Australia, from small groups of 50 to mass rallies of 2000, Lock the Gaters rallied on Sunday to celebrate our national day of action. It was a remarkable success with over 10,000 people mobilising to show their support for our campaign to stop irresponsible mining from destroying good farm land, closely settled areas, underground water systems and environmentally sensitive areas.

We had about 1,000 people from Queensland's Scenic Rim hanging anti-coal and CSG banners from peaks on the Border Ranges, 2,000 from the Illawarra on the march and even a little town like Bullahdela could muster 300 with the Chamber of Commerce supporting Lock the Gate. Even the little Hunter town of Putty hoisted the green Eureka flag to show its strong resistance.

We demonstrated on the weekend that the Lock the Gate Alliance is a powerful organisation and a mass movement that governments cannot ignore. My thanks to everyone who made the day possible and let's keep up this good work.

Here is a list of places where local groups hosted events with the
estimated numbers attending. Please let us know if we left your community

Armidale, NSW 100.
Blue Mountains NSW 200.
Brisbane, QLD 1000.
Broke, NSW 450.
Bulahdelah, NSW 300.
Burren Junction NSW 120.
Burringbar 65.
Bylong Valley NSW 74.
Byrill Creek 13.
Byron Bay, NSW 3000. 
Coonabarabran NSW 70.
Gloucester NSW 200.
Illawara, NSW 3000.
Kyogle, NSW 560.
Lismore, NSW 700.
Margaret River, WA 150.
Mount Burrell 120.
Mudgee NSW 50.
Mullaley, NSW 250.
Newcastle, NSW 350.
Nimbin, NSW 101.
Putty, NSW 50.
Running Stream 14.
Rylstone NSW 20.
Scenic Rim, QLD 1000.
Sydney, NSW 1000.
Townsville, Qld 200.
Tweed Heads, NSW 250.
Tyalgum, NSW 78.
Uki 200.
Virtual Event 150.
Willow Tree NSW 60.

Drew Hutton
Lock the Gate

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