Lock the Gate Alliance AGM

Lock The Gate Alliance held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Murwillumbah on the Saturday and Sunday of the June long weekend (11 & 12 June) at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre.

The AGM elected the new committee for the next 12 months. Drew Hutton was elected President and, of local interest, Michael McNamara from NRG was elected to the committee.

Saturday saw the administrative stuff dealt with and then after lunch groups from as far afield as Broome, Bowen, the South Coast of NSW, all points in between and, of course, Northern Rivers Guardians gave presentations about the issues in their area and their strategies and activities.

On Saturday night attendees enjoyed the dinner prepared and served by NRG members and were treated to a concert with performances by NRG members and supporters.

Sunday saw the delegates getting down to work to focus on setting the direction and organisational structure for the Lock the Gate Alliance over the next year. More info will come out from Lock The Gate as these are firmed up over the next few weeks.

All in all it was a fantastic two days.

Northern Rivers Guardians supported the AGM by:

Catering for lunch and dinner on Saturday, Morning and Afternoon Teas on both days and Lunch on Sunday for those attending the AGM. It went extremely well and we were able to raise much needed funds for NRG campaigning efforts. Thanks to Danielle for leading the efforts in the kitchen over the 2 days, the members who helped out with reheating, presenting and serving the food and to all those members (many of them new members) who slaved away in the kitchen to provide such a wide variety and large amount of scrumptious food.

Providing entertainment for AGM attendees The reprise of the performance from the United Community Gathering by the Fracking Theatre Company went over very well. Other performances were very popular. Thanks to Julie for organising the concert and to the members and supporters who performed on the night.

Liaising with accommodation providers and offering a billeting service A number of attendees took up the billeting offer. Thanks to Peter for co-ordinating this aspect of our support and to the members who opened up their homes.

We are adding a Gallery page to the website. Pictures will be posted there. Check our Blog for brief reports of each day with some pics. You can also see more on various Facebook pages including NRG and Lock the Gate Alliance.

2 Responses to Lock the Gate Alliance AGM

  1. Pamela Wickham says:

    Hello I am impressed with the photo of the people on the beach..My family and I are interested in the protest against Coal Seam Fracking in the North Coast region.We are residents of grafton and Coffs Harbour and feel that the public is being let down from the Governments lack of education about the problem..We would like to know how we can help educate the people of our districts on the subject of the CSF proposals..Could you also post to my Face book page if you have any petitions to sign…I am trying desperately to inform Graftons people who really do not have much of a clue…Yours faithfully Pamela Wickham Grafton….

  2. Megg says:

    Here is the ABC News coverage link

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/06/11/3241708.htm

    And the NBN written intro, minus any video link to their coverage of the AGM………
    NORTHERN RIVERS FOCUS OF MINING FIGHT
    Sat, 11/06/2011 – 17:00
    The group behind anti-mining protests across the nation says the Northern Rivers region is set become the centre of the struggle with coal seam gas companies.
    The prediction came as the Lock the Gate Alliance held its first annual general meeting in Murwillumbah today.

    Thankyou to all the wonderful local cooks out there for providing the AGM Gathering of powerful people from around the country, …(Margaret River WA, Bowen Qld ! )
    We couldn’t have catered without you ! The delegates were all very impressed with the very fine food….. some felt it was better than professional !
    ….and Thankyou to Harry Boyd and Doug Ferguson for heading to the Pilbara WA to talk with the mob there about CSG !

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