NORTH COAST NATIONALS WELCOME SUSPENSION OF METGASCO LICENCE

The suspension of CSG company Metgasoco's drilling licence shows the NSW Government is both listening to community concerns and enforcing State laws fairly and without bias, according to the four Northern Rivers based NSW MPs, Chris Gulaptis (Clarence), Geoff Provest (Tweed), Don Page (Ballina) and Thomas George (Lismore).

Chris Gulaptis said the group had approached NSW Energy Minister Anthony Roberts and told him they believed the company had failed to engage in sufficient genuine and effective consultation with the community which was a condition of its petroleum exploration licence."

"We are pleased the Government has agreed," Mr Gulaptis said.

Ballina MP Don Page said the Government's decisive action was timely and should defuse tensions at the Bentley site and across the community.

"I held serious concerns about a looming confrontation but the Government decision should allow all sides to catch their breath," Mr Page said.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest who is also Parliamentary Secretary for Police, also welcomed the decision saying it came as a relief to the police.

"The NSW Police Force is absolutely ready and capable of enforcing the rule of law, but it is obviously preferable to avoid major confrontations like these," Mr Provest said.

Lismore MP Thomas George contrasted the effective representation of the State MPs with the attention seeking stunts of federal Labor MP Justine Elliot.

Ms Elliot stirs up a lot of trouble for headlines but when has she actually lobbied the decision makers in support of her views?" Mr George asked.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577