Coal seam gas rally attracts thousands
Illawarra residents and members of the CSG Mining Illawarra group formed a spectacular 3000-person human banner at Austinmer Beach, urging the government to enact a moratorium on coal seam gas mining.
The group also requested a royal commission into the environmental and health impacts of coal seam gas mining. And they want a ban enforced on the mining technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", where water, sand and chemicals are blasted into the seam to break up coal and release gas.
Stop CSG Mining Illawarra spokesman Chris Williams said the overwhelming turnout illustrated the community's strong feelings against the practice/
I remember Illawarra as a Dairying District... and the Red Beef Cattle known as the Illawarra Shorthorn
a most popular breed of its time..