Nannas demand action as CSG buy-back deadline approaches
THE deadline for the New State Government's promise to buy back all the PELs on the North Coast is fast approaching.
The looming deadline has prompted the Knitting Nannas Against Gas to ask the government: "Are you going to do right by your constituents or are you going to break a pre-election promise and push the date back?"
Spokeswoman for the Knitting Nannas' Grafton Loop, Lynette Eggins, said the PEL buy-back promise was the foundation on which Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis was re-elected.
"The date stated, which is June 30, was a major statement in the NSW Gas Plan," she said.
"It was a pre-election promise made by the Nationals, and one that worked in their favour.
"But now the date is on the horizon and we have not seen a lot of action from the government to buy all of the PELs back from the mining companies.
Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said that the matter of the PEL buy-back date was not an issue for debate, with the negotiations in the hands of NSW Minister for Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts.
"There is no need to bring this issue up," he said.
"The PEL buy-back matter is currently in the hands of the minister who is negotiating with the other parties involved in the scheme."
Meanwhile North Coast Knitting Nannas representatives took off northward recently to trek to Cape York to spread the anti-gas exploration message of the organisation.
Mrs Eggins said it was fantastic that the message was spreading, not only around Australia but on a global scale.
"The Nannas was a group that started on the streets of Lismore bringing a publicly backed message to local politicians," she said.
"Now we are recognised internationally, which is fantastic. The politicians and local members want to portray us as dreadlocked hippies who need to get a job, but that is not what we are.
"We are local community members providing a voice for the community."