THOSE travelling south along the Bucketts Way last Tuesday may have noticed a couple of ladies in deck chairs with knitting needles in their hands sitting by the side of the road.
The local branch of the Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAG) staged a small sit-in outside the Gloucester headquarters of AGL to protest the company’s announcement that it planned to frack four wells in the valley.
Knitting Nanna Jenny Grainger said the ladies wanted to do their bit to protest against the CSG (coal seam gas) industry.
“We formed the local branch about eight months ago after attending a seminar on non-violent direct action,” Ms Grainger said.
“There are about 12 members locally and heaps more on the Mid North Coast.
“We knit and crochet - very badly, but it’s our way of contributing.”
KNAG started in the Northern Rivers in June 2012 in response to a growing awareness of CSG exploration and mining of prime agricultural land.
It has grown to incorporate members both nationally and internationally, maintaining connections via its website, Facebook and Twitter. KNAG draws on a broad history of knitting used as a tool for non-violent political activism.
KNAG usually knits in yellow and black to identify with ‘Lock the Gate’ triangles that are mounted at the entrance to many properties.
The local Nannas said they planned to stage a sit-in outside AGL at least once a week for the foreseeable future.