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Council opposes CSG

LISMORE City Council approved a motion presented by Cr Simon Clough to request the NSW State Government to revoke all licences for exploration and production from the Lismore City Local Government area.

The motion was for Council to send a letter to the NSW Premier, NSW Minister for Planning, NSW Minister for Local Government and the North Coast, Page MP Janelle Saffin, and Lismore MLA Thomas George to express "its deep concern over the recently introduced Strategic Regional Land Use package".

Cr Clough said that the some documents of that package are in conflict with the mandate gained by council when 87% of voters were against CSG mining in the Lismore LGA.

He mentioned the Aquifer Interference Policy and two CSG codes of practice -Well Integrity and Fracture Stimulation activities- as policies that affect all of NSW.

Council passed the motion after a vote of 8-3.

Councillors Gianpiero Battista, Neil Marks and Mathew Schiebel voted against the motion.

In the same Council meeting last Tuesday, a motion by Mayor Jenny Dowell was also passed to formally express the council's opposition to coal seam gas mining in the LGA to State and Federal Governments.

The letter was to also be sent to all local members at state and federal level.

"At the time of writing this report I have 245 road declarations in my office," Mayor Dowell said. "Councillors that have been to my office have seen them in baskets, in boxes, in bags, on the floor and on cabinets. Last weekend I received another six."

Mayor Dowell said that "representatives at other levels of government need to see that we value our agricultural land, our water, our air and social harmony more than we value the dollars that coal seam gas supposedly can bring us".


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