News

MP wants balance

Chris Gulaptis.
Chris Gulaptis.

WHEN it comes to the contentious issue of coal seam mining (CSG), Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis stands firm: our food and water is the number one priority.

"We need to put in regulations and protection for our food and water supplies and if that can happen, and it's scientifically proven that CSG mining is not going to interfere with our food and water security, then this is fine on the basis that there's an access agreement between the mining company and the landholder because this is a major concern being raised by landholders. If not, it shouldn't happen," Mr Gulaptis said clarifying his position in the debate.

"What the government has done is put in place a lot of things that were never there before; it hasn't issued any new licences," he said.

"The government has banned certain chemicals and put a moratorium on fracking. The other thing it's done is entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth Government to be part of a scientific investigation into the CSG industry so it can be standardised across the country."

Mr Gulaptis said that the government had also recently completed an Upper House inquiry and had then handed down 35 recommendations.

"There's a lot of good stuff that's come out of those 35 recommendations," he said.

"What we have is a responsibility to protect our food and water but also responsibility to protect people who make an investment into this state. That's the balance we have to reach," he said.

Topics:  council government



This is some serious fun and games at pool party

JUMPING IN: Some of the 110 young people at the Youth Pool Party at Grafton Pool on Friday get into the spirit of the day.

There was some seriously good fun behind the Grafton Pool Party.

WARNING: Severe storm set to batter Northern Rivers

Danielle Young took this photo of the storm at Harwood and posted it on the Northern NSW Storm Watch Facebook page.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall predicted

Grant freshens up Pelican Playhouse

WORKING TOGETHER: Bendigo Bank board director Derek Alden and Pelican Playhouse president Bronwyn Gell discuss plans for the restoration of the playhouse.

Bendigo Bank help fund playhouse restoration

Local Partners

Baird will be 'sorely missed'

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis says the Clarence Valley has benefited from Mike Baird's time as Premier.


5 things to do this weekend

Lower Clarence Relay for Life Swim

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Artist program to link to gallery theme

VALUABLE STINT: Indigenous artist Karla Dickens at work in Grafton Regional Gallery's studio during her 2010 artist's residency.

Gallery encouraging indigenous artists to take up residency offer

J.K. Rowling writes through severe back pain

An aching back couldn't stop J.K. Rowling catching inspiration

Elsa voice actor's son hates Frozen

Idina Menzel's son "hates" his mother's most famous film 'Frozen'

Chrissy Teigen likes her "soft" stretch marks

Stretch marks are no problem for Chrissy Teigen

Naomie Harris in the dark over Daniel Craig's future as 007

Naomie Harris has no idea if Daniel Craig will be returning as 007

REVIEW: Will Kasey Chambers' Dragonfly take off with fans?

Kasey Chambers’ new album Dragonfly gets 3.5 stars from Cameron Adams.

CHAMBERS is back with her 11th studio album.

Ed Sheeran wants Beyonce collaboration

Ed Sheeran wants to record a duet with Beyoncé.

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Rates safe from land value hike

DRIVING GROWTH: The Pacific Highway upgrade has been linked to improved land values.

Figures up in latest valuer-general report

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property

PAT'S PAD: The Sunshine Beach home of tennis ace Pat rafter is on the market for a record price.

"It's a record for our company and for the Sunshine Coast.''

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!