NEW POLICY PROVIDES FRAMEWORK FOR A GASFIELD FREE NORTHERN RIVERS

The Nationals North Coast State Members have welcomed the NSW Government’s policy on coal seam gas.

Member for Lismore Thomas George, Member for Ballina Don Page, Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis and Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the Plan reset the management of the CSG industry in NSW.

“It has taken us a while, and I understand that some people have been frustrated that we haven’t done this sooner, but we needed to get this right,” Lismore MP, Thomas George said.

“Labor had 16 years to fix NSW and failed, instead they blanketed the state with inappropriate licences including on the North Coast,” Mr George said.

“We are enacting legislation to revoke all of the State’s Petroleum Exploration Licence Applications, which cover 43% of the state, and at the same time we will be implementing a buy-back of existing licences.

“This will come at a price but we believe that our land and water are worth the cost.

“We will adopt all of the Chief Scientist & Engineer, Prof Mary O’Kane’s recommendations to ensure that coal seam gas activity only occurs where it is appropriate.

“The NSW Government is serious. As matters currently before the Courts show, we are managing the CSG industry on our own terms.”

Ballina MP, Don Page, said “I have long questioned the appropriateness of the CSG industry in the Northern Rivers and this staged plan ensures there is no place for companies that do not comply with the NSW Government’s tough new regulations.”

“This is about policy and not politics”, Tweed MP, Geoff Provest said.

“We have listened to our communities. We will not support activities where it is unsafe or inappropriate.

“I call on industry to reflect on its standing in the community and consider handing licences that cover inappropriate areas back to the government through the buy back process.

“We will never compromise our communities – this is the best possible Plan to regulate the CSG industry, Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis said.

“We will determine where coal seam gas takes place, not the gas companies”.

To view the NSW Gas Plan visit: www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au

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