Thursday, May 3, 2012

Rock the Gate... CSG-Free Concert at Lismore 12th May

NORTHERN RIVERS residents' commitment to a coal seam gas-free future will be embodied through music and celebration on Saturday, May 12.
The Rock The Gate rally, a play on the Lock The Gate message, is expected to attract more than 5000 punters, united in the "fight of our lives".
Such is the commitment to the CSG-free cause from artists, organisers actually had to knock back top musos. The calibre of acts performing for Rock The Gate speaks volumes about the diversity of people backing the cause.
Event team member Amanda Doran said there was overwhelming support for a sustainable future from the musicians. "There was no hesitation. We had so much interest," she said.
Fresh from Byron Bay Bluesfest will be high energy, dub and dancehall act Dubmarine and Byron Bay's country rock outfit Round Mountain Girls.
Ethereal groovers, OKA, will bring together blues, world music and acid jazz with touches of electronica.

Participants will meet from 9am at Riverside Park where there will be a child-friendly space with jumping castles, face painting, and hoola-hoops. The march around the Lismore CBD will kick off at 10.15am and return to Riverside Park for the concert at noon until 4pm.
There will be engaging yet succinct speakers informing the crowd before the rock concert starts. Following from the successful "viral" Channon rally, organisers anticipate that further Northern Rivers roads will be proclaimed CSG-free during the Lismore event.
Last month's art auction fundraiser in April helped to cover some of the costs for this campaign but further donations are needed to keep up the fight. Look out for donation buckets on the day.
The day will be an act of solidarity, according to Ms Doran.
"It's a strong message. We are all voters and local council elections are coming. It will be a day of people power. The CSG issue has gone mainstream - it's no longer just farmers and hippies. The Australian public has woken up.
"The organisers are a group of people with a clear message and strategy who support non-violence and direct action."
Take a stand and join. Gather at 10am on Saturday, May 12, at Riverside Park to walk around Lismore CBD.

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