Nimbin goes gas-free

NEARLY 99% NIMBIN: says "no" to coal seam gas mining.Photos by David Lowe.

THE long and winding roads leading to Nimbin are so long, they took a while to be surveyed for the CSG Free Northern Rivers campaign.

But the results were presented to Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell at a CSG-free rally in the town last Saturday. Of 1868 people surveyed in the Nimbin area (which included Coffee Camp, Goolmangar, Boorie Creek and Terania Street, North Lismore) 98% wanted their roads and lands to be CSG free. (37 people were not sure and one was in favour of gas coming to the area).

Roads group organiser Len Martin told The Echo there were 42 roads that had to be doorknocked for the survey to be complete.

"Annie Kia and the people of The Channon started the ball rolling," Len said.

"The original intention of the Nimbin group was just to survey the Lismore to Nimbin road - but we ended up doing all the roads in the district, including the whole length of the Lismore-Nimbin road, and Blue Knob and Stoney Chute roads as well.

"And a woman from Williams Road in Kyogle Shire, who is part of the Nimbin community, organised her friends to survey 20 roads in Barkers Vale, Cawongla, and Lillian Rock. Of 247 respondents, 97.6% voted to be CSG free."

Len said it was a great day for the community that started with an eloquent and heartfelt welcome to country by Bundjalung elder Gilbert Laurie.

"He spoke of the need to come together to face this threat to country which is sacred to the Bundjalung and to all of us."

Len praised Annie Kia for starting the CSG-free roads movement and establishing a non-political tone.

"It's a people-powered community concern," he said.

The day after the Nimbin rally, Jenny Dowell was at Jiggi Hall receiving road declarations from 17 roads around Jiggi, Georgica and Mountain Top where 97% of the 334 resident surveyed wanted to be CSG-free.

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