No to Gasfields
Declared at Meerlieu
There were over 200 people at the Meerlieu Hall on Sunday 5th
October to help Meerlieu and District declare itself “Gasfield Free”.
A giant “No Gasfields” sign made from farmers’ utes was a
big highlight of the day with a plane and photographer capturing aerial photographs
of the ute sign. People were also able to join in the ute sign, forming a line
underneath the words “No Gasfields”, underlining their concern about
unconventional gas mining.
From noon, there was a range of family friendly activities
to kick off the day. At 2pm the formalities began with a few short speeches and
a presentation to declare Meerlieu and District “Gasfield Free”.
The local co-ordinator of the event Mrs Anita Hallett said,
“Over 450 residents from the Goon Nure, Bengworden, Meerlieu and Perry Bridge
districts were surveyed and an overwhelming 98% responded to the survey
question by saying “NO” to unconventional mining in our community.”
Deputy Mayor, Cr Peter Neal from the East Gippsland Shire
attended on behalf of the Shire to receive paperwork about the declaration from
residents of Bengworden and Goon Nure. Cr Darren McCubbin from the Wellington
Shire attended to receive paperwork from Meerlieu and Perry Bridge
Ms Debbie Carruthers, Gasfield Free Bairnsdale Co-ordinator
said “We were very pleased to have representatives attending from both Shires
that are impacted by the declaration”.
“Both Councillors were asked to take the information that
they received today, back to their fellow Councillors and inform them about the
declaration and the will of their communities,” she said.
“Meerlieu and District is now the 26th community in
Victoria to have
shown its deep concern about Coal Seam Gas (CSG) mining by taking similar action,
although this is the first ute sign,” Ms Carruthers said.
Debbie Carruthers: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0448 809 798