Aidan Ricketts - activism consultantThe workshop roll out continues for Kyogle and Casino based CSG free groups. On March 11, I will be providing training in establishing new groups, campaign planning and non-violent direct action. This training is being organised by the Group against Gas Kyogle


The workshop was a great success! Protests on March 14th, 2012 outside the Metgasco offices in Casino, NSW gained local media attention.

CSG protesters demand answers (Northern Star)

Seniors say no to CSG (Northern Rivers Echo)

Read the media release below for details of the worlshop:

Coal seam gas mining companies will be testing our resolve to exclude their activities from the Northern Rivers, especially if the NSW government fails to offer special protection to the area.  Accordingly, the Kyogle and Richmond Valley Groups Against Gas are holding a non-violent direct action training day on Sunday 11th March at the rear lower level of the Kyogle Memorial Hall from 9am to 4pm.

The aim of this training is to provide people who are opposed to the plans that insistent coal seam miners have for our area, with an understanding of the techniques of non-violent direct action.

Our presenters will be:          

  • Simon Clough             Our Sustainable Future Party   Councillor Lismore City Council
  • Aidan Ricketts            Author, social change trainer;   activist and  lecturer  at the School  of Law and  Justice  at Southern Cross University
  • Sue Higginson            Senior solicitor,  Environmental Defender’s Office (NSW) Northern Rivers

To date blockades of Arrow and Metgasco activity have been successful but more will come and our intention is to show a capacity to respond effectively and in numbers when needed.

Blockades are typically family friendly activities and training will stress techniques to de-emphasise any deviations from this model.   

An individual’s involvement at any blockades etc is entirely under their own control and we have seen for example, at the recent Kerry blockade that compliance with Police directives can nevertheless result in very successful outcomes.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

For further information please contact:

Richard Deem        02 66366252
Dean Draper           02 66671262

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