Gamilaraay opposed to CSG

A GROUP of Gamilaraay people from Moree travelled to Narrabri and Tamworth to take a stance against Coal Seam Gas (CSG).

A "Big Picture" event was held to show opposition to CSG developments in NSW was held in Narrabri on Sunday.

Organised by People for the Plains, Lock the Gate and a group opposed to CSG, the event attracted about 200 people.

A bus of 20 Gamilaraay people from Moree attended the event to determine the next direction about the protection of their land.

Concerned member of Gamilaraay nation and Moree local, Paul Spearim, said CSG and coal mining was not welcomed in Moree.

“Levels of uranium leaked in the Pilliga four years ago and it is still a barren waste land today. 

“If the same happened in Moree it would contaminate the artesian water, hot bores and aquifers and Moree’s tourist industry and economy would be affected.”

Sarah Ciesiolka, from People for the Plains, spoke about how public pressure had all but ensured the Northern Rivers area gas free and how the same thing was possible in the North West.

After the event she said that a further nine local communities were “declared gas field free”, taking the area in the North West to more than 3.2 million hectares.

The Gamilaraay people then travelled to Tamworth the following day after hearing the Goomeroi Native Title Group was signing off on a deal with Whitehaven Coal in Tamworth. 

“We attend and protested the signing off to address the Goomeroi Native Title Group about their transparency and why they had not communicated the larger picture with surrounding communities,” Mr Spearim said.

“It was a heated protest, we were there to find out what the Goomeroi Native Title Group doing and why Whitehaven was allowed to expand on crown or free-hold land.

“We are having a meeting on the December 5 in Tamworth about our petition that we have circulating at the moment to fight CSG, also about what we have to do to try and get answers from the Goomeroi Native Title Group.

“If anyone would like to get involved with the fight against CSG they can join our Facebook page called ‘Gamilaraay people and clan groups against CSG and coal mining.’”