overview of possible impacts from coal seam gas
development in Northern Rivers, New South Wales
Project by Elfian Schieren, 2012
6.5 Northern Rivers community actions and groups in
response to CSG development
The Northern Rivers community have expressed strong opposition
and concern about the development of CSG in the region.
Since the birth of the Keerong Gas Squad in 2010 growing
awareness of the negative impacts from CSG has led to an uprising of community
groups against CSG development.
There are now over 20 local anti CSG groups in the area
including Kyogle Group Against Gas, Gasbusters (a non violent direct action
group based in Lismore), Rock Valley Gas Rangers, Mid-Clarence Group Against Gas
and many more. These groups are working together with the nationwide Lock the
Gate group and CSG Free Northern Rivers, a regional group.
The efforts from these groups have forged such events as the
Rock the Gate Rally, Rock the Gate Movie and Rock the Gate the Musical (CSG Free
Northern Rivers, 2012).
This campaign has created the CSG Free Roads initiative using
door to door community surveys to determine the community stance on CSG followed
by a formal declaration to the Mayor that the road is CSG Free and protected by
There is ongoing continuum of events and campaign initiatives
within the region and more information can be found on websites such as
www.csgfreenorthernrivers.org.au (CSG Free Northern Rivers, 2012)..
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