Alliance spokesman Michael McNamara speaks against mining the Coffs Coast at a gathering in North Coast Regional Botanic Garden.
Alliance spokesman Michael McNamara speaks against mining the Coffs Coast at a gathering in North Coast Regional Botanic Garden. Leigh Jensen

Lock The Gate calls for 'real action' from Coalition on CSG

LOCK The Gate Alliance is calling on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to deliver "real action" to protect farmland from mining.

Speaking on radio this week, Mr Abbott back-flipped on previous statements and passed the issue off as a State rather than Federal matter.

In response, Lock The Gate Alliance president Drew Hutton is calling on the Liberals and Nationals to introduce a Bill when Federal Parliament resumes next week to protect farmland from invasive mining.

"We're asking Tony Abbott to stop playing politics with this issue and to deliver some real action," Hutton said.

"Last week he tried to pass all responsibility for action off on to state governments but in this case, the buck stops with him.

"If he expects farmers to believe anything he says on this issue in the future, then he really needs to introduce a Bill to protect farmland from coal and gas mining.

"You either support a landholder's right to say no to big mining invading the farms that feed us, or you don't.

"Abbott and his colleagues need to make up their minds."

This latest appeal from Lock The Gate Alliance follows increasing alarm at the potential for the issuing of coal seam gas and exploratory mining licences in the North and Mid North Coast regions.

It's one of the reasons for the revival of the Ulitarra Conservation Society in Coffs Harbour where members share a belief there is no method of CSG mining that can be guaranteed to have no impact on the environment.

Coffs Harbour City Council also has a policy of opposition to the granting of licences to mine highly toxic minerals such as antimony in the headwaters of rivers and streams linked to the catchments of local drinking water supplies.



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