ON TRACK: Mick Franklin and his offsiders ride into Market Square after riding to Canberra on a campaign for clean water and to voice their opinions against CSG. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY
ON TRACK: Mick Franklin and his offsiders ride into Market Square after riding to Canberra on a campaign for clean water and to voice their opinions against CSG. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY

Anti-CSG riders on campaign trail

IT LOOKED like a stampede of bushrangers as Mick Franklin and his fellow activists rode into Market Square yesterday.

The riders had just returned from their ride to Canberra where they voiced their opinion against CSG mining.

"Water is the main issue; everyone can relate to that," Mr Franklin said.

"We went to Parliament House and we had our say," Mr Franklin said.

"We got our point across."

They invited politicians to meet with them outside Parliament House earlier this month, but only three Greens senators came out to speak with the group of protesters.

"When we were in Canberra I saw more hope in the school kids we spoke to than I did in any of the politicians," Mr Franklin said.

"Hopefully those kids might grow up and be the ones who protect our water in the future."

Mr Franklin said the Australian spirit was strong throughout the whole ride, especially when they converged outside Parliament House.

"We're just trying to highlight Australia - not just the city parts - and our need for clean water."

The journey took them 74 days, and their meeting in Market Square, Grafton, offered them the chance to say thank you to those who had helped them along the way.

"We more or less came here today, not to annoy everyone on the Grafton Bridge, but to have a cuppa tea and visit the only town we didn't stop at on our way from South Grafton to Canberra," he said.



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