Jenny Leunig, of Lismore, shows off her giant protest sign against CSG painted by Julla Livingston.
Jenny Leunig, of Lismore, shows off her giant protest sign against CSG painted by Julla Livingston. Marc Stapelberg

Grandmother says it loud and proud: No to coal seam gas

MOTORISTS passing Goonellabah grandmother Jenny Leunig's Ballina Road home are being left with no doubt about her views on coal-seam gas mining.

The 65-year-old has a 6m x 4m sign draped over her roof declaring, "No to CSG, yes to clean water", which she commissioned local artist Julla Livingstone to paint.

The retired public servant said this was the first protest she had ever been involved in and she was prepared to go to jail over the issue.

Jenny Dowell had even posted a picture of it on her Facebook page.

Ms Leunig moved to the region in 1973 in her pink panel van after attending Nimbin's Aquarius Festival, but she described herself as "quite mainstream" and "not a tree hugger".

But after educating herself about CSG she was so disturbed abou the potential for pollution of the water supply she joined local protest group CSG Free Lismore, which boasts around 300 members.

"Why do it if there's even a 1% chance of something horrible happening? It's just ludicrous," she said. "I can't believe our politicians are allowing this."


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