'Stick it' – protesters
CLARENCE Valley residents opposed to coal-seam gas mining were among dozens who turned out in force at a public meeting in Casino on April 19 to discuss the O'Farrell Government's draft Regional Strategic Land Use Policy and new Aquifer Interference Regulations.
Dressed in ominous "Don't frack with me" T-shirts, Varpu Rantanen, Seanine Cooper and Larissa Cooper held up placards and taped their mouths shut as NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard spoke about the government's awareness of the risks associated with CSG mining.
"Everyone opposed to CSG asked the minister why the Northern Rivers was left out of the strategic planning policy as a protected area when we have the second-highest biodiversity in Australia," Seanine said.
"It is obvious that the National Party local MPs don't know what to do with all this community pressure, so they have invited Mr Hazzard to explain it for them.
"Each time Mr Hazzard avoided answering a question, someone would stand up and put black tape over their mouth to show he is not listening to the majority of the population who want the Northern Rivers included as a protected area.
"We all say no to CSG."
CVC Mayor Richie Williamson, Clarence Alliance Against CSG, Yuraygir and the Range group and Lock the Gate Pillar Valley were also in attendance.
Each time Mr Hazzard avoided answering a question, someone would stand up and put black tape over their mouth.