‘No gas' nannas

IN STITCHES: Four of the Knitting Nannas staging a knit-in outside Thomas George’s office on Tuesday (from left) Robyn Stewart, Clare Twomey, Maree Bracker and Liz Stops.
IN STITCHES: Four of the Knitting Nannas staging a knit-in outside Thomas George’s office on Tuesday (from left) Robyn Stewart, Clare Twomey, Maree Bracker and Liz Stops.

A GROUP of women calling themselves the Knitting Nannas Against Gas staged a peaceful protest outside Thomas George's Lismore electorate office on Tuesday.

Clare Twomey said the group has up to 20 participants and they have staged other protests outside Metgasco's Casino office, at the Shannon Brook pond site and at the Lismore Produce markets.

She said they were inspired by the women from the French Revolution who would sit at the foot of the guillotine.

"We're like the iron fist inside the velvet glove," Clare said. "We sit and we knit and we bear witness."

The nannas are knitting the trademark yellow triangle of the anti-CSG movement as well as yellow beanies "for those cold mornings at the coal face," Clare said.

When The Echo visited they were contemplating whether Thomas George would appreciate a beanie or a bikini.

Robyn Stewart said the group evolved out of the non-violent direct action group that came together at a public meeting at the Lismore Workers Club and that people are fascinated by them whenever they stage in public actions. She said in order to join them, you don't have to be a nanna and you don't need to know how to knit.

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