Back home 'demo goes on'
NOT everyone could make the long trek down to Sydney for yesterday's action against CSG mining.
But for at least one Grafton business, that didn't mean its staff couldn't still take part.
Draped in red yesterday were Susan Morgan and her colleagues at Grafton Veterinary Clinic.
After hearing of the group, Women against CSG Mining, set up by The Daily Examiner photographer Debrah Novak, the clinic was one workplace that took up the idea of wearing red yesterday as a symbol of their disdain for CSG mining.
"We wanted to be associated with both the women against CSG mining and the groups who have gone to Sydney from this valley and surrounding regions to rally against CSG mining," Susan said.
"Alan Giles has voiced his supp
ort as a business owner, to stand against the CSG mining in this valley."
Some of the other staff donning red yesterday were Tracey Rodda, Gai Weisse, Emily Roberts, Bianca Wiblen, Racheal Golding, Amber Newman, Claire Willison, Carrie Ensor, Tess Bailey and Alan Giles.
"We wanted to show the symbolic representation of the outrage we as women are experiencing by the poorly regulated, unwanted and unjustified greed of CSG mining companies," Susan said.
As well as wearing red, the clinic set up a notice board in the reception area and gathered information material to give to clients, which was provided by the Clarence Environment Centre and the Green Party.
"Greenpeace, Get Up, Rainforest Action Network, many international environmental groups and leading scientific groups have already witnessed the devastation of the CSG mining in parts of the USA," Susan said.
"It's a no brainer to look at our dairy and beef production herds being bought by China and (other) overseas interests, our agricultural food producing areas being bought by China and the remaining land being devastated by the greed of companies, being exploited for short term gain.
"When a very large proportion of Australia's key resources is being raped and pillaged we stand by and watch it happen."
Susan said she felt now was the time for every Australian to join together to say no to CSG mining and encouraged people to get informed and get involved.
"This is the largest single disaster this current generation will witness in this country," Susan said.
"A famous quote 'Bad things happen because good men do nothing'
"Let's not be shamed by the questions of the next generation when they ask, why did we do nothing!"