Justine Elliot and Shadow minister for water Walt Secord in Tweed Heads.
Justine Elliot and Shadow minister for water Walt Secord in Tweed Heads. John Gass

Elliot calls for ‘eradication’ of CSG mining on the Tweed

RICHMOND MP Justine Elliot and NSW shadow minister for water Walt Secord called for the NSW Government to completely eradicate CSG exploration and mining in the Tweed yesterday.

"I'm putting my support behind the community based campaign that Justine has been involved with," Mr Secord said.

"Yesterday she took me up to Clarrie Hall Dam, that is the water supply source for 90,000 people.

"It's (CSG mining) just too risky."

Mrs Elliot also disagreed with Nationals candidate for Richmond Matthew Fraser's claims there was no commercially viable deposits of CSG in the electorate.

"That's just absolute rubbish," she said.

"The fact is Matthew Fraser isn't from here, he doesn't understand the issues, doesn't understand the area.

"Facts are that we do have a current license over Richmond electorate, that's PEL-445"

Mrs Elliot said Mr Fraser should begin making his $1000 donation to charity and that there was indeed CSG in the Tweed.

"He's insulted and offended a lot of people on the north coast with that claim," she said.

"I call upon him to do that today in light of the fact we do have extensive licenses, applications and wells in existence here on the coast."

Mrs Elliot said she suggested Mr Fraser donate the $1000 to the advocate for local homeless people, John Lee from You Have A Friend.

My Daily News is awaiting a response from Mr Fraser.