Knitters needle Hay for gas response

16/10/2018 Posted by admin

IKNAG members wait for answers outside Wollongong MP Noreen Hay’s office.WOLLONGONG ADVERTISER

Illawarra Knitting Nannas Against Gas are hoping Wollongong MP Noreen Hay will meet them soon, claiming she has failed to answer questions about coal seam gas for nearly four years.

IKNAG members sat outside Ms Hay’s Crown Street Mall office for a few hours on November 24 seeking answers to three questions – would she back a request to the NSW Premier to permanently ban CSG mining in the Sydney water catchment, what would she do to ensure CSG activities did not occur there and how can CSG exploitation be allowed when the public can be fined up to $44,000 for entering these areas.

IKNAG spokeswoman Cherry Hardaker said Ms Hay’s office told the group, which had emailed the questions to Ms Hay four days before, that Ms Hay was busy and she didn’t have answers to the questions.

Ms Hay told the Advertiser she was fully supportive of Labor’s policy, that should they win government, they would rule out CSG in defined no-go zones, including core areas of the catchment.

“I’m on public record on a number of occasions of my concern about any kind of CSG or fracking that would affect the water tables,” Ms Hay said.

Ms Hay said she could not see IKNAG on November 24 due to other engagements but would be more than happy to meet them another time.

IKNAG is a sub-group of Stop CSG Illawarra. Its 60 members knit jumpers and hold stalls to raise funds and gain support for their anti-CSG campaign.

The group has visited 11 NSW MPs in the Illawarra and Sydney, seeking their support to ban CSG mining in the catchment.

Mrs Hardaker said all other Illawarra MPs had been supportive.

“We are far from radical extremists,” Mrs Hardaker said. “We are just ordinary people and we’re also there to lobby politicians and bring new supporters to the anti-CSG movement.”

Mrs Hardaker said Stop CSG Illawarra had been emailing Ms Hay for at least 3½ years, seeking a meeting and asking her stance on CSG.

“We’ve had no response … it’s not good enough that an MP representing us in Parliament does not have time to say where they stand on an issue that affects the drinking water of 4.5 million people.”

Ms Hay was surprised by the suggestion she wouldn’t respond.

“I always respond to everything. I’ve built a reputation on this … I don’t believe I’ve received anything from Stop CSG Illawarra.”

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