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Community gathers against CSG

DECLARING: Julie McNamara and Michelle Rawlings at Tyalgum.
DECLARING: Julie McNamara and Michelle Rawlings at Tyalgum. John Gass

TYALGUM has declared itself coal-seam gas free.

The community will gather this Saturday and hand a declaration to Tweed mayor Barry Longland.

"The CSG-free Communities Initiative has arrived in the Tweed Valley with a bang," said Lock the Gate Tweed representative Michael McNamara.

"After our first CSG-free Community meeting at Tyalgum in late May it has been all go.

"At the meeting residents formed into road groups to survey their neighbours about their desire to declare Tyalgum CSG-free.

"Local people know that the best time to stop CSG is before the drilling rigs arrive in their community."

Saturday's events starts at 10am with a street parade, community picnic and entertainment.

"For each road which has a majority of residents wishing to be CSG-free we will prepare a road declaration which will be presented to the mayor," Mr McNamara said.

"A tree will be planted at the community hall to commemorate this occasion on which the community came together to fend off the threat of CSG exploration and extraction in the area."

He said the group held a community meeting at Crystal Creek last week.

"The community of Mt Burrell was so fired up after hearing of the initiative's implementation at Nimbin that they have held a community meeting and are conducting road surveys as far east as Doon Doon.

"Community meetings are also scheduled in many other Tweed valley communities, with Cabarita Beach/Bogangar, Bilambil, Kingscliff and Pottsville all scheduled for next week."



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