Knitting Nannas call on Nationals to declare CSG ban
THE Knitting Nannas have reacted to The Nationals' rejection of a coal-seam gas ban with disappointment and a giant pair of knitting needles.
During a 'knit-in' at Grafton's Market Square on Saturday, to celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day, the Nannas unveiled a pair of giant knitting needles as they called on local National MPs to stitch up issues associated with the gas-mining industry in the Clarence Valley.
The needles were so large two stalwart Nannas were required to wield them.
Spokeswoman Lynette Eggins said the group was "very disappointed" the Nationals rejected the move to vote at their State Conference to have the Northern Rivers made gasfield free.
"Following all the hype from some North Coast Nationals about listening to their communities, as well as the statements from State Leader Troy Grant, we were beginning to think the Nationals were serious about keeping this area free of that invasive, polluting industry," she said.
The Nannas say that if the Nationals and their Coalition partners, the Liberals, fail to declare this region gasfield free it is very likely there will be more big confrontations like those seen at Glenugie, Doubtful Creek and Bentley.
"There are seven PELs (petroleum exploration licences) in the Clarence electorate," she said.
"Three of these have expired. They should not be renewed. And we call on the Government to cancel the other four, two of which are held by Metgasco."