Lock the Gate protest greets Tony Abbott

Lock the Mid North Coast supporters ‘greet’ Tony Abbott. Photo Linda SchofieldOpposition Leader, Tony Abbott and local MP, Luke Hartsuyker were greeted by a peaceful and colourful anti mining protest as the Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge came off Lavenders bridge in Bellingen.

As the teams made their way over the Bellingen River they heard chants of ‘Lock the Gate, Lock the Gate’ from about80 local protesters, many of who are members of Local the Mid North Coast.

Lock the Mid North Coast is a recently formed community group which is opposing several large scale antimony and gold mining projects on the Dorrigo plateau, and in the Nambucca and Bellinger valleys.

Spokesperson for Lock the Mid North Coast Glen Schaefer said: “We wanted to take the opportunity to let Tony Abbott know that the Bellingen and Nambucca communities are strongly opposed to any form of mining in our catchment areas that could potentially contaminate the Macleay, Nambucca, Kalang or Bellinger Rivers, or harm our prime agricultural lands”.

“If you would like to be involved, or if you are concerned about mining in your area visit the Lock the Mid North Coast web site for more information:


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