News

North Coast mayors visit Glenugie Coal Seam Gas blockade

A snapshot of the action at the Glenugie CSG blockade today.
A snapshot of the action at the Glenugie CSG blockade today.

CLARENCE Valley deputy mayor Craig Howe has thanked two Northern Rivers mayors for visiting the Coal Seam Gas blockade at The Avenue, in Glenugie today.

Lismore City mayor Jenny Dowell and Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson arrived on site at 10am and have spent the morning meeting and talking with protestors.

Cr Howe said the mayors were welcome in the Clarence Valley and he thanked them for supporting the protestors at Glenugie.

He added that local councillors were notified of their impending visit but were unable to attend due to being on leave.

"Our mayor Richie Williamson received an email on Tuesday but unfortunately he is away and is subsequently unable to join the other mayors at the site," he said.

"Their support means a lot to everyone in the Clarence Valley who opposes coal seam gas.

"I also plan to visit the Glenugie site soon."

Cr Richardson, who organised the visit, said today was an opportunity for the mayors to show their support to the local protestors and demonstrate their opposition to CSG.

The mayors thanked protesters for taking a stand against the threat of CSG in the Clarence Valley and spoke of their own concerns regarding CSG in their shires.

"It was important for us to come to Glenugie today to show solidarity on behalf of our local communities who also oppose CSG mining. The protestors have essentially put their lives on hold to take a stand to help protect their communities against CSG and we wanted to be here to offer then additional support and thank them," Cr Richardson said.

The mayors said their visit was not an attempt at political grandstanding.

Cr Richardson said the controversies surrounding CSG extend beyond more than one electoral boundary and it was important for communities to unite.

"We wanted to be here to look at the site, to talk to the protestors and offer them our support," he said.

"We (mayors) have all been following the accounts of the Glenugie site through social media and also in the news," he said.

"Cr Richardson contacted Clarence Valley councillors to inform them of our visit and we are sorry that mayor Richie Williamson could not (attend)."

Topics:  blockade, coal seam gas, glenugie, metgasco



Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Coffs PCYC to add a hub for youth

BOOST: The Coffs Harbour PCYC has been granted $9120 for a Youth Hub.

PCYC awarded $9120 by the Federal Government for a youth hub

Please no patting: I have a job to do

RESPECT MY UNIFORM: Local guide dog handler Sally Jary and her dog Kent are joining fire fighters in reminding the public not to pat guide dogs in uniform.

Distracting a working guide dog could have disastrous consequences

New job has Dan on a fairway to heaven

Daniel McKechnie has found full-time work at the Sawtell Golf Club thanks to the Work for the Dole program.

Work for the Dole program participant gains apprenticeship

Latest deals and offers


Rally Australia Chair Ben Rainsford

Kennards Hire Rally Australia will bring spectacular world rally action back to the NSW Coffs Coast on November 17-20.

Rally Australia Chairman Ben Rainsford comments on Coffs Harbour City Council...

AFL North Coast preview

BACK IN THE FOLD: Grafton’s Josh Lollback returns to the line-up for today’s knockout semi final clash against Port Macquarie. Photo: Debrah Novak/Daily Examiner

Paul Taylor and Allanah Hanson take a look at the AFL North Coast news ahead of...

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Renting harder in Coffs than Sydney

HIGH DEMAND: Coffs Harbour rental properties are in higher demand than in Sydney.

Coffs Harbour’s rental vacancy rate at lowest level in eight years

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.