CSG protest blueprint employed against megaport plan
THE BLUEPRINT of successful opposition to coal seam gas mining is being rolled out to nip a proposed megaport for Yamba in the bud.
The Greens and conservation groups like Valley Watch are determined not to let the proponents of a multi-billion dollar rail and shipping hub for the region build momentum for their project.
Both the Greens and Valley Watch set up stalls at Yamba Markets on Sunday morning and took to spread the word that getting in early was the secret to success.
The Greens candidate for Page in the Federal Election, Kudra Falla-Ricketts, said it was important to nip it in the bud.
"It's good to hear the government say it's not going ahead," Ms Falla-Ricketts said.
"But the people behind this are talking to the Chinese about their plans, so there is obviously something behind this.
"It would be terrible for Yamba to let this go, thinking it could never happen and suddenly this development pops up again."
She said the successful community campaign to keep CSG mining out of the Clarence Valley was effective because it did not allow developers to gain momentum.
"We want to keep the community aware of the possibilities and how they can use their voice to stop these sorts of things going ahead," Ms Falla-Ricketts said.
Iluka resident Tony Belton said the machinations behind the proposed megaport worried him.
"Why do they hold a meeting about the proposal in Casino, 100km from the site of where it's going to happen," he said.
"You have to wonder about things like that."
The Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said it was disappointing this was still an issue.
"There is absolutely no chance this will ever happen," he said.
"It's absolute pie-in-the-sky stuff. The project is not feasible and has no support at any level of government."