The NSW Government approved exploration for coal seam gas 500m from the World Heritage Wollemi National Park at Putty. The Australian 'gas rush' for export needs to be reconsidered taking into account the impacts on the environment, people’s health, livelihoods and plans for the future.
Sunday, 23 October 2011
10,000 people at national day of action against CSG
From Cairns in Far North Queensland to MargaretRiver 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 BorderRanges, 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