Here’s a roundup of Sydney Knitting Nannas activities for last week. Serious work but still we managed to have some fun.
Last weekend the Love, Art and Revolution Film Festival offered short films from around the world and included an animation on the Baarka Darling River. Nanna Eury represented the Nannas on a panel of speakers from environmental groups. Projects 107 and Green Left organised this successful event and Nannas are hoping there will be another one next year.
We started the week at the May Day march and rally on Monday May 1. Unionists called on the Minns government to immediately repeal the anti-protest laws and to restore workers rights in the Industrial Relations laws. It was a big rally for a weekday and speakers all called for climate action and affirmed the unions’ commitment to stop the Narrabri Gas Project in the Pilliga. Nannas were impressed by an ETU t-shirt with the slogan “Union Protected North West”.
Wednesday brought the shocking news that the NT government had approved opening up the massive shale gas resource in the Beetaloo basin. This approval came in the face of strong opposition from Traditional Owners, warnings from scientists and evidence that the government had not implemented all the recommendations of the Pepper inquiry.
NT locals who are friends of the Nannas were on the phone to supporters in NSW urging them to protest against the approval outside the offices of Tamboran Resources in Manly. Nannas Jenny and Keelah, who live in the area, were quick to show up at Tamboran’s office at 110-112 The Corso. Their placards called on Tamboran to give up on their climate wrecking plans. Protests will be continuing along with messages to the NT and federal government Ministers Bowen and Plibersek calling for an end to exploration and fracking in the Beetaloo. Tamboran, Empire and Santos must be stopped in the Beetaloo.
A shout out to the Nannas from the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid-coast and Gloucester along with Rising Tide who made a spectacular presence at Minister for the Pacific Pat Conroy’s office in Belmont on Friday. They brought to his attention the Climate Crisis in the Pacific Ocean and the urgent need for Australia to create a fossil fuel free Pacific.
Nannas are getting ready for their conference next week and for various activities in the city while Nannas from around the State are in town.