09/16/18

Action group called to fight CSG

Residents are being urged to form an action group to deal with the potential impacts of planned exploration or mining of coal seam gas (CSG) in the region.
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The Dubbo Field Naturalist and Conservation Society yesterday sent out fliers inviting the community to a CSG information session.

A Dubbo CSG action group will be formed at the meeting.

Plans for CSG exploration in a 9400 square kilometre area centred on Dubbo were announced in March.

The NSW government announced a six-month statewide freeze on CSG exploration activity later that month. The freeze expires on September 26.

The society’s president, Mr Tim Hosking, said the CSG action group would be a voice for the public, similar to those established in other regions like Coonabarabran and Coonamble.

“Groups in other areas have conducted marches, lobbied the local government to take a position,” he said.

“We’re facilitating a group to be formed- we will support the group, but we’re not equipped to tackle the issue ourselves.”

Mr Hosking said the issue affected much more than just the environment.

“At DFN&CS we are very worried about the ecosystem and the landscapes, but it’s not just an environmental issue. It affects agricultural productivity, housing, agricultural business,” he said.

The society plans to educate the community on the ins-and-outs of CSG mining, including the dangers at a public information session at the Dubbo RSL Memorial Club on August 24.

It will involve members of Lock-the-Gate, the lobby group strongly opposed to CSG mining, and other protest groups.

Mr Hosking said he expected hundreds of people would attend the meeting.

Dubbo City Council has not yet established a position on CSG exploration or extraction.

Lock-the-Gate has urged residents to ask the council to oppose the renewal of CSG and unconventional gas licenses.

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09/16/18

Coolah coach fires up finals opponents

Wellington are confident of going further in the finals series Coolah coach Andrew McFadyen’s has fired the first salvo in the debate over who will win the Graincorp rugby union championship. Its finals weekend with Wellington home to the Dubbo Rhinos and Coolah facing Yeoval.
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“Whoever wins on the weekend [between Yeoval and Coolah], I believe they will host the grand final. They will carry the momentum on,” he said.

McFadyen told the Mudgee Guardian’s Ben Harris Yeoval would start as warm favourites.

“They are a good team, they are a complete side and they are coached really well,” he said.

“It should be a cracker of a day.”

Coolah is bringing a supporters’ bus to Yeoval to even up the noise levels on Saturday. The battle of the small towns is going to hit fever pitch with the local community in Yeoval preparing to lift their side which always appears to ‘grow an extra leg’ when the finals come around.

McFadyen’s words will strike hard at Wellington’s chances but its not deterring the Redbacks matter of fact it maybe the motivation they need to spring a surprise in the finals.

The Kennard park ground is expected to draw strong support from Dubbo Rhino fans as their second side pushed the Gold team last week in preparation for what is expected to be a tremendous match.

McFadyen’s words will strike hard at Wellington’s chances but its not deterring the Redbacks matter of fact it maybe the motivation they need to spring a surprise in the finals.

The Kennard park ground is expected to draw strong support from Dubbo Rhino fans as their second side pushed the Gold team last week in preparation for what is expected to be a tremendous match.

‘’ Its good they consider us as threat . We like being the underdog ’’ Redbacks president David Grant said.

‘’ We have been hit by injuries this season but I think the other sides need to be reminded we have been in every match until the last few minutes and our team just won’t give up’’ he said.

‘’Last week against Geurie was really good preparation for this match. They got in our face early and it made the Redbacks lift our game. We’re encouraging all our supporters to get to Kennard Park at 3.15 Sunday because this will be a big match’’

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