Feb 19 2013
Media Release 18th February 2013
The results of the first community survey on coal seam gas in the north-west region have returned an overwhelming vote for the Mullaley area to be declared coal seam gas free.
Local people have surveyed every landowner and resident along all the rural roads and villages from Mullaley to Tambar Springs over the last two months, with 98.5% voting to declare the area ‘CSG Free’ .
On Friday evening at the Mullaley Hall, landowners and residents celebrated the results and presented declarations of their CSG Free roads to Councillor David Quince Gunnedah Shire Council and Anne-Louise Capel Warrumbungle Shire Council – with the request that the declarations be handed to the Mayor of Gunnedah and Coonabarabran Councils.
Spokesperson Robyn King stated that “98.5% is a great result by any standards. When it comes as the result of a survey asking ‘Do you want your road/land gasfield free?’ And 98.5% of people survey said YES, it is an amazing result.”
The survey , based on an approach that has been applied successfully in the Northern Rivers, provided the community an opportunity to speak out against CSG in this region.
A large crowd gathered in the Mullaley Hall on Friday night to eagerly await results of the survey. Loud applause and cheers erupted when the result was announced. Some people were visibly moved to know the extent of support in the district.
“The survey has proved a wonderful way of uniting our community. We know we will stand together against CSG. The declarations that were handed to the local councillors said it all ‘…this road is gasfield free. Protected by the will of the community‘” Robyn King said.
Residents of each road surveyed were presented with a sign to be erected clearly stating that this road/land is gasfield free. More celebrations are planned as each sign is erected along the many roads surveyed.
“Santos have stated that they will not force land access. These declarations send a very clear message to Santos and all levels of government – we don’t want coal seam gas and we are determined to protect our land and water” Robyn King said.