News

Lismore, loud and clear

FEELING THE RAGE: NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard.
FEELING THE RAGE: NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard.

THOMAS George thought he was doing the right thing when he organised for a panel of pollies and public servants with science backgrounds to come to Lismore and answer questions about CSG.

But it was doomed from the start, because Mr George didn't understand that the anti-CSG lobby feels it has nothing to learn from those people.

On the contrary, they feel that politicians, bureaucrats and mining company executives need to listen, urgently, to them, and to the expert advice of many scientists including Drs Maher and Santos from SCU.

The public meeting on Wednesday at a packed-to-capacity Lismore City Hall took a while to settle down. An hour before the politicians arrived, the crowd gathered outside in their hundreds. They parted to let the panellists through, but the roar of booing was deafening. The tone had been set. The crowd filed into the hall to a high-volume chant of "No CSG!"

Every speaker on the panel - Planning Minister Brad Hazzard, Brad Mullard of Mineral Resources, Dr Regina Fogarty, Rob O'Neill, Dan Keary and Greg Yeates - was heckled, booed and shouted over. The crowd was quiet only when one of its own speakers had the microphone.

And one after another, biologists, geologists, hydrologists, farmers, children and a psychologist gave coherent reasons for opposing CSG exploration and extraction in the Northern Rivers.


Stay Connected

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

WATCH: Local artists ‘paint’ the Opera House with light

SONGLINES: Artwork by local artist Karla Dickens as it may look in the Sydney Opera House during the Vivid Sydney Festival 2016.

Rhoda Roberts and Karla Dickens' work will be seen by millions

IS IT POSSIBLE? How to live alongside flying-foxes

A vexed questionof living with flying foxes will be discussed this Friday at the NPA forum.

THE conflict between urbanites and wildlife has a new battleground

Gamblers can beat betting

BEAT IT: Recovered gambling addict Blayne Marcantelli gives an emotional address at the Responsible Gambling Awareness screening of the movie, Broke, at Ballina Cinema.

Lismore Baker raises awareness for problem gambling.

Latest deals and offers

Aldi ready to threaten Coles and Woolworths stranglehold

Now discount grocery store Aldi has muscled in on the big boys, threatening Coles and Woolworth's stranglehold on shoppers.

WATCH: Local artists ‘paint’ the Opera House with light

SONGLINES: Artwork by local artist Karla Dickens as it may look in the Sydney Opera House during the Vivid Sydney Festival 2016.

Rhoda Roberts and Karla Dickens' work will be seen by millions

IS IT POSSIBLE? How to live alongside flying-foxes

A vexed questionof living with flying foxes will be discussed this Friday at the NPA forum.

THE conflict between urbanites and wildlife has a new battleground

Gamblers can beat betting

BEAT IT: Recovered gambling addict Blayne Marcantelli gives an emotional address at the Responsible Gambling Awareness screening of the movie, Broke, at Ballina Cinema.

Lismore Baker raises awareness for problem gambling.

Elder’s art tells tales of past for today’s kids

INSPIRING: Uncle Digby Moran with Lismore Heights Public student Shannyah Hope at Lismore Regional Gallery.

Bundjalung Elder teaches heritage through art and stories.

NSW lags but North Coast booms on renewable energy

But Northern Rivers moving ahead at "cracking pace"

Caitlyn Shadbolt, Sara Storer join Gympie Muster bill

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMC Rocks in March 2016.

AWARD-winning singers star in third line-up announcement.

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Road rage caught on Dashcam

Attack with a baseball bat caught on Dashcam

Video of a violent road rage incident in Orange last December.

Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce tour Rockhampton sweet potato farm

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce visit a...

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest