Numbers impress at rally for gasfield-free region
GLENUGIE resident Sarah Fletcher could not help but be impressed as she watched the masses flock to Lismore's latest anti-coal seam gas rally.
Mrs Fletcher was among the first to arrive in Lismore on Saturday to show her support in the rally to have the Northern Rivers declared gasfield-free.
"We watched the throngs come in and they did not let me down; by 10am it was jam-packed," she said.
"That says to me it is obvious that the community does not want coal seam gas or any other mining down here."
Mrs Fletcher said she knew little about CSG until the Glenugie drilling site was set up 1km from her home a couple of years ago.
"I did some research and I know it's not what we want in the Northern Rivers," she said.
Fellow Clarence Valley protester Lynette Eggins said it was great to see so many people representing the Clarence Valley, from Glenreagh to Iluka.
She said it was hard to say how many people from the Valley were at the march, but estimated the number to be at least 500.
Ms Eggins said the biggest message to come from it was to the government, to look at its policies and decision making.
Both Labor and the Greens have stated they will cancel all CSG licences in the Northern Rivers if they win the NSW State election next year.
"I think (the gas companies) are counting on us getting tired, but we won't give up protecting the Northern Rivers," Ms
"Opposition is growing all the time and the movement is increasing. The number at the rally really proved that."