The last day of the Sydney Knitting Nannas’ Listening tour began at the quirky Feathers Café in Cassilis Street, on the eastern side of Coonabarabran’s main street. Here we met with members of Coonabarabran Residents Against Gas (CRAG), some of whom are also Knitting Nannas.
Gomeroi grandmother and long time anti gas campaigner, Suellyn Tighe, guided Sydney Knitting Nannas and Friends around the southern part of the Pilliga Forest on Sunday. Nannas listened and learned about Gomeroi culture and the need to protect it.
The planned day for Knitting Nannas and Friends on Friday changed so we took advantage of free time and slept in. We met at Santos’ Operation Centre on Yarrie Lake Road, not far out of Narrabri. Being Saturday, all was quiet so we stood outside and sang some songs. Some of the locals weren’t impressed,Continue reading “Sydney Nannas sing for Santos to wake up”
On the Friday of the Sydney Knitting Nannas and Friends’ Listening Tour some Nannas visited the Narrabri Fish Farm, 10 kilometres from town.
Narrabri, located in Gomeroi Country, is a town divided by Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project. Business owners who stand to benefit financially from the project support it, while people operating long standing enterprises reliant on clean water are strongly against it. Others are too frightened to have an opinion because they, or a member of theirContinue reading “Narrabri – gasfields, renewables, distillery and rock”
Coonamble is on the border of Wailwan and Gomeroi Country. It is one of 120 towns in Australia that rely on the Great Artesian Basin for drinking water, particularly in times of drought. The Narrabri Gas Project and its pipeline has the potential to contaminate this precious water resource. Gas wells are not only drilledContinue reading “Sydney Nannas visit farm and bore”
Sydney Knitting Nannas and Friends were advised to leave Warren early if we wanted to see lots of birds at the Macquarie Marshes. A thick morning mist slowed us down as we drove the 129km along the Carinda Road from Warren to ‘Burrima’. This bitumen bush road, very narrow in parts, has cattle grids that beepContinue reading “Macquarie Marshes, Carinda and David Bowie”
After a long 500km drive, Sydney Knitting Nannas and Friends arrived in Warren at the Window on the Wetland Centre (WOW), an information centre built around a lovely old church. Locals transported the church from the town to act as WOW’s focal point. It includes a shop, café and community activity centre.
Sydney Knitting Nannas and Friends are leaving the “cafes, dinner parties and wine bars of our inner cities” to find out what people living in north-western NSW want the state and federal governments to spend our money on instead of expanding the gas industry.