Police have this morning arrested one indigenous elder and another Githabul traditional owner at the Doubtful Creek blockade of Metgasco coal seam gas operations near Kyogle. There is a massive show of police force at the site with forty five officers currently in attendance, ambulance services, two random breath testing units, two police rescue trucks and tow trucks on site.
“We are witnessing the fracturing of rural communities that goes hand in hand with these mining activities.
“This is an overt display of force by the NSW Government with the police acting as private security forces for Metgasco in direct opposition to the wishes of the local community who have voted overwhelmingly against coal seam gas mining in the region” he said.
Information or comment: Githabul spokesperson Jarmbi 0400 530683, Boudicca Cerese 0431 513546, Richard Deem 0428 459962