Hundreds gather at Nobbys beach in protest against seismic testing off the coast of NewcastlePHOTOS

By , 25/04/2020 19:36

STRONG SIGN: Protesters on Sunday at Nobbys beach rallying against seismic testing to be conducted off Newcastle and the Central Coast. Picture: Jonathan Carroll. Theyformed the shape of a dolphin on Nobbys beach and chanted“whales not gas!” in protestagainstoff-shore seismic testing set to begin off the coast of Newcastle next month.
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Over 500gathered on Sundayin searingheatto show their dismay at Asset Energy’s approval to conduct the underwater acoustic testing.

Greens MLC Jeremy Buckingham told attendeesto contact their local federal MP and to write to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to express their concern.

“Who asked us? Who asked the people of NSW? Who asked the people of Newcastle if they wanted a massive oil and gas field off the coast?,” Mr Buckingham later saidtotheHerald.

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In February, Newcastle City Council voted unanimously to opposeoff-shore testing andNSW resources minister Don Harwin voiced his opposition to the project in state parliament. Mr Harwinsaid the state was unable to revoke the approval withoutCommonwealthbacking

“No one in Newcastle wants our pristine coastline to be turned into an oil and gas field,” Mr MacKenzie said on Sunday.“The problem isn’t that people aren’t supportive of this, it’s that they’re not aware.”

Asset Energy did notrespondto callson Sunday.

“That’s our job over the next couple of months,” Mr MacKenzie continued.

“To raise the awareness of the community about what’s at stake, what’s beenproposed and what the risks are associated with that.”

Goh Hock,chief executive ofAsset Energy’s parent company – MEC Resources –previously said the testing grounds were“supremely located” to provide gas to the n east coast market.

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