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Gulaptis calls for 'Gas field free Northern Rivers'

The Northern Rivers neither needs nor wants coal seam gas mines, Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast and Nationals Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis told the NSW Parliament.

The MP told Parliament that the people of the region had spoken and it was up to the Government to take further action.

“What is rarely acknowledged is that since the previous Labor State Government allowed 48 per cent of NSW to be under the CSG footprint, the Liberals and Nationals Government has reduced that to 11 per cent.

“We'd go further but the courts are thwarting us. We suspended Metgasco's drilling licence at Bentley last year and I was extremely disappointed by the recent decision of the NSW Supreme Court to reverse that decision. I hope the Government will appeal it.”

Mr Gulaptis said there were sound reasons for opposing gas on the North Coast.

“People from all walks of life, like the knitting nannas who sit outside my office every Tuesday afternoon, the famers who rely on the clean green reputation we have in the Northern Rivers to market their produce and just ordinary town folk who are concerned about the future for their grand kids. These are not extremists just everyday people,” Mr Gulaptis told the NSW Legislative Assembly.

A full copy of Mr Gulaptis’s speech can be found at the following link:
http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/hansart.nsf/V3Key/LA20150507013?open&refNavID=HA8_1.

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