You know there comes a time, when the voice of the people is heard loud and clear and does make a difference. Living in the Northern Rivers means that communities are more likely to stick together and support each other, rather than separate and move against each other. We also have the density of population to mount protests which has meant there has been up to 1000 people keeping Metgasco on their toes blockading entry to the proposed drilling site at Bentley.
A protest was launched and there have been members of the community maintaining a vigil and blocking access to the drilling site. There was a proposed convoy leaving Byron Bay on Monday morning to head to Bentley. This was to bolster numbers and strengthen the blockade. It was expected for anything up to 10,000 people to lend their voice of protest and to ensure the Northern Rivers remains CSG FREE. There was also an 800 police expected to be present.
Thankfully this is not be. This morning, Thursday the 15th of May, 2014 the State Energy Minister, Anthony Roberts referred the project to the ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) and announced its licence would be suspended due to insufficient community consultation. This is a massive coup for the community , even though the word ‘suspended’ still means we have to remain vigilant.
This highlights to me, once again, that with the advent of the internet, social media and an increased awareness of what is happening in the world, that people power has a voice like never before. I have heard many times throughout my life, the line, “ Change starts with you. When we as individuals stand up to be counted, we become the instruments of change.” I would like to add that this can be done peacefully and with integrity and dignity.
Santos, AGL and Metgasco all want to test drill in northern NSW and over 89% of people have said “No”. After watching a documentary on television a year ago that involved AGL, (which at the time was my energy provider), and their CSG drilling and the effects on surrounding communities. I was so disgusted, that I immediately changed my electricity provider. I did some research and came up with Momentum. I am determined to walk my talk! Change starts with me!
I cannot afford to be indifferent about our community or about what the government is doing, or not doing. I want to make a difference. Have you heard of Avaaz? Avaaz’s Community Petitions platform is supporting thousands to start and win campaigns, at the local, national, and international levels!
Do you have any idea how good it feels to receive an email from Avaaz, that informed me a small donation I had made, was put towards purchasing a rainforest in Burma? I now know that some of the Orangutans on the planet will have a place to call home. In this instance I did not even have to leave home to make a difference.
So how are you going to contribute to positive change on this planet, in this country and in your community?