Banners from Bentley were attached along the cyclone fence of the Showgrounds during the action. Protesters held signs saying "Protect our Water", "No CSG in Australia" & "Water Is Life". There was a clear sign of support from drivers passing by with lots of toots and waves.
Check out this NBN news report and the media release below. Thanks to the "Korora Crew" who also set up North of the footbridge and to Rob Cleary who took some lovely shots at the end of the day. It was lovely seeing lots of new faces on the day and the support from the passes by was astounding.
"We stand with landowners protecting our water, our food and our future from the unfettered unconventional gas and coal mining which is destroying our precious water. We live on the driest continent on Earth, only set to get drier as climate change becomes more extreme, we must protect our water," said Marnie Cotton, one of the organisers with the Coffs Coast Climate Action Group.
Our farmers are facing undeniable hardships because of the impact mining is having on their water. Usually reliable bores have gone dry or become explosive in the Queensland Gasfields, Rivers can be set a light and now the proposed Adani coal mine has been given access to free unlimited water. What kind of future will be left for our children if the Great Artesian Basin is depleted?" asked Marnie.
"The CSG industry in Queensland will take 70,000 million litres of Water from the Great Artesian Basin every year, add that to the billions of litres of groundwater the Adani mine will extract and we will see irreversible damage to the lifeblood of Australia, producing a permanent drop in the water table." said Marnie.
"In NSW we have our own battle. The Narrabri Gas project attracted a record breaking 23,000 submission but only approximately 300 are for the project. That is 98.7% who are saying 'No!' to the 850 coal seam gas wells planned in one of the major recharge areas of the Great Artesian Basin. It is clear that the public understands that this project is a Trojan horse, that will open up our fertile black soils to this ever expanding industry. We know our water is more precious than gas and that we cannot jeopardise our farmlands anymore. When will the government listen to us?" Marnie added.