Northern Rivers to be permanently protected from CSG under Labor

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A Foley Labor Government will declare the Northern Rivers region CSG and unconventional gas free.

Labor Leader Luke Foley with Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord and Country Labor Candidates Isaac Smith (Lismore), Paul Spooner (Ballina) and Ron Goodman (Tweed) reaffirmed Labor’s policy during a visit to a farm in Myocum.

Labor will declare a total ban on CSG and unconventional gas mining throughout the entire Northern Rivers region – encompassing the local government areas of the Ballina, Clarence Valley, Byron, and Kyogle Shires, Lismore City, Tweed Shire and Richmond Valley.

The Northern Rivers is one of Australia’s most biologically diverse areas supporting a variety of significant habitat, including large swathes of World Heritage listed forests.

Many of the region’s key industries including tourism and agriculture rely on the region’s ‘clean and green’ image.

Quotes attributable to Labor Leader Luke Foley:

“Labor has listened to the concerns of communities in the Northern Rivers and we will act by banning all CSG activities in the region.

“The risks CSG poses to the natural assets of the Northern Rivers are unacceptable. Labor believes in a prosperous future for NSW and one where we consider the health of our communities and our environment.

“Today I met with a farmer whose business and livelihood depends on the Northern Rivers’ reputation as a clean, green environment – a brand that international consumers of the region’s milk, beef and sugar cane trust. I won’t allow that to be threatened by risky CSG activities.

“The CSG industry will never have a place in the Northern Rivers under a Labor Government.

“Labor’s position on the Northern Rivers is in addition to a state wide moratorium on CSG activities.”

Quotes attributable to Country Labor Candidate for Lismore Isaac Smith:

“Labor’s policy to place a permanent ban on CSG activities in the Northern Rivers is a victory for the strong community campaign we have been waging over the last few years.

“Labor has listened and we will act to protect our region’s environmental reputation and the industries that are growing and exporting on its back.”

Quotes attributable to Country Labor Candidate for Ballina Paul Spooner:

“While Labor has listened, the Nationals have turned a deaf ear to our communities.

“Labor will not put local jobs and agriculture at risk by allowing an unproven industry to have free reign throughout the Northern Rivers.”

Quotes attributable to Country Labor Candidate for Tweed Ron Goodman:

“The communities of the Northern Rivers have a clear choice at the election on March 28.

“Vote Labor and stop all CSG activities in the Northern Rivers or back the Nationals who want to roll out the red carpet for CSG companies."