Opposition deepens to mining projects with heated rally
SEARING 38 degree temperatures did not deter more than 150 people voicing their opposition to mining projects in the Mid North Coast region in Bellingen on Saturday afternoon.
The rally and free concert was organised by local anti-mining group, Lock the Mid North Coast, as part of a national week of action against mining by the Lock the Gate Alliance.
"The day was an outstanding success, with people coming from Lismore, Grafton, Nambucca Valley, Dorrigo, Coffs Harbour and the Orara Valley to listen to the guest speakers and share information and strategies," said Lock the Mid North Coast spokesman, Glen Schaefer.
The group marched through the Bellingen markets with banners saying Headwaters not Deadwaters and waving yellow triangle Lock the Gate signs, chanting "Lock the Gate, before it's too late".
The march was warmly received by marketgoers, visitors and traffic as they made their way to the council park.
Guest speakers included former Coffs Harbour City councillor Mark Graham, representatives from Dorrigo Environment Watch and Lock the Mid North Coast.
"These public displays show just how strong the growing opposition is to potentially destructive mining practices on the Mid North Coast," Mr Schaefer said.
"Local MPs, councils and the NSW Government can expect a lot more widespread community action and pressure in the future as the Lock the Gate campaign expands throughout the entire region."
More information can be found on the Lock the Mid North Coast website: lockthemidnorthcoast.com.au.