Three mayors meet for gas-free roads
THREE Northern Rivers mayors will meet for the first time at a CSG-free road declaration ceremony on Sunday, February 3.
Road declarations will be given to Lismore City Shire Mayor Jenny Dowell, Ballina Shire Mayor David Wright and Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson by residents of Newrybar, Brooklet, Fernleigh, Knockrow, Teven, Tintenbar and Nashua.
The ceremony will be held at the Tintenbar Oval from 10am-12pm, with a community picnic afterwards.
Co-coordinators Amelia Hicks (Tintenbar, Knockrow and Teven), Jess Gilmore (Brooklet, Fernleigh and Newrybar) and Carmel Bennett (Nashua) are working to have all volunteers' work completed and all preparations ready on time.
Jess Gilmore explained that some of the roads surveyed by their teams are part of Lismore local government area, such as Pearces Creek Hall, Houlihans Creek and Kirkland Roads.
Just under 1000 surveys have been completed by households and individuals living in those areas, "with 100% of results positive to declaring the roads of Nashua gas-free and 97% in other areas," said Jess.
"We are doing this because we all use the same water, we live in the same land and we are all the same people in the area", said Amelia.
"It does not matter to us whether the risk of drilling is not certain in our areas yet. Is Casino or Lismore far enough not to care? We don't think so," said Jess.
"We share the same uncertainty as all the other residents of the Northern Rivers and we believe by unifying all three shires with our work we make the gasfield free movement stronger for everyone," added Carmel.
Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell currently holds 256 gas-free road declarations in her office, mostly from rural locations.
Two more declarations will be added to the list this week from McCleans Ridges and Wyrallah.
Besides surveys completed last year in North Lismore, no roads on the metropolitan Lismore township area have been declared gas-free yet.