Greens support calls for sugar-industry protection from CSG

Media Release: 1 August 2014

The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining and coal seam gas Jeremy Buckingham has welcomed the unanimous decision of Tweed Shire Councillors to request the sugar cane industry be given critical industry cluster status, and said that the government must put in place an open, transparent process for protecting important agriculture and tourism industries from the threat of coal seam gas.

“The Greens have been calling for an open, transparent process for assessing critical industry clusters for over 6 months as there is still no clear protection in place for the North Coast food bowl and tourism industries,” Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said.

“Why is it that viticulture and equine industries in the Hunter have been granted protection from coal seam gas as critical industry clusters, but other valuable industries such as sugar, horticulture, cropping, dairy, oysters, and tourism have no protection?

“The government has failed to apply the cluster regulation equitably or strategically and they now need to expand Critical Industry Cluster status to other industries.

“It is clear that without an open or transparent process for making applications for critical industry cluster status the community can have no confidence in the government’s ability to regulate the coal seam gas industry,” he said.

Contact: Jack Gough – 9230 2202 or 0427 713 101

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