Council candidate Peter Wills criticizes multiple references to gas in Gunnedah’s economic strategy | The head of the daily newspaper in the North


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ENVIRONMENTAL advocate Peter Wills is furious. The Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC) draft economic development strategy mentions gas seven times and climate change only once. Candidate for local council election is upset that council has emphasized being “rich in coal and gas reserves” and plans to study access to gas as a goal long-term. He is frustrated because a community group was told there was nothing to worry about when he brought his concerns to council about the year’s coal seam gas developments. last. “They just said ‘you are chasing the shadows, nothing is happening, you are chasing your own shadow’,” he said. “And then this document is really a strong advocate for the development of coal seam gas in its own county council government document.” Mentions of the Narrabri gas project and the Hunter gas pipeline also sounded alarm bells for Mr. Wills. He said he finds it difficult to understand how, after all the negative discussions around the project, it is still being talked about as an opportunity on the board. READ ALSO: “It’s absurd in 2021 after looking at the last decade of the Narrabri Gas project, with the problems of social cohesion and the long debate that has gone on around Narrabri and across the State on one of the projects most controversial gas gas in the history of planning in NSW, that there are still supporters of it in GSC. However, Mayor Jamie Chaffey said the council does not have an official gas policy and the strategy document is not set in stone. He said if people want to have a say , they should make a submission by 5:00 pm on Monday, September 27. “So once the submissions are received, I’m sure the department within the board will do those reviews and come back to the advisers for review.” Our Journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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