Bentley CSG Blockade, NSW
5 May 2014
Open letter to the NSW Minister for Police, Brad Hazzard
I am a 71-year-old resident of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales and a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.
I hold a doctorate in
environmental ethics from the Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy, Murdoch University.
In recent years…
In recent years, when you were the
Minister for Planning, you had a number of occasions to hear me speak on the value of community engagement regarding planning decisions that affect people’s lives.
Now I am writing you about unconventional gas mining and, specifically, the Metgasco proposal to mine at Bentley in Northern NSW.
Bentley is just down the road from where I live.
I observed when you were Minister for Planning that you often appeared reluctant to listen to the voices of ordinary people speaking out to protect their homes and neighbourhoods.
Now we are speaking out to preserve the living Earth and the lives of all species for generations to come.
I am worried that you might use heavy-handed tactics as Police Minster. If you possibly had that intention, I seek to dissuade you.
A large group of conferenced residents – of all ages and political persuasions – is fighting to save the Northern Rivers from unconventional gas mining mining.
fighting for our lives.
If you wish to be successful in your new position, I’d advise you to listen to the voices of the people of the Northern Rivers.
We know what we are talking about. We are not ratbags and we are certainly not taken over by factional interests. We are local grandmothers and grandfathers – and children and others – who simply want to protect the Earth.
Now is the time, Minister, to distinguish yourself as the Police Minister who was willing to listen.
We are willing to listen levitra for cheap real as well.
Please do not shut the door on conversations with the activists at Bentley.
We must Shut the Gate to Metgasco but we are open to talking with you.
We are peaceful, loving, non-violent local people seeking a better life for all who live on Earth.
We are singing our hearts out on the hilltop at Bentley.
We are singing for our lives.
Ironically, we are also singing for your life.
Dr Wendy Sarkissian