Knitting Nannas fight for a clean future

THEY want a future that is clean for everyone. 

The Great Lakes Knitting Nannas, Downstream MidCoast Knitting Nannas and Gloucester Kntting Nannas held a ‘Knit-In’ outside member for Myall Lake’s Stephen Bromhead's office in Tuncurry on Monday, May 8.

Great Lakes Knitting Nanna Linda Gill said the Knit-In is part of a series of visits to politicians, with the group protesting outside federal member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie’s Taree office last month.

This month’s ‘Knit-In’ was used as a vehicle to engage with the community and deliver a letter to Mr Bromhead questioning his stance and asking for his support, on various environmental issues. 

These issues included: 

  • Whether he will be supporting MidCoast Council's submission opposing the proposed open cut Rocky Hill mine in Gloucester.
  • Does he support the approval of Santos' licence for an 850 well Coal Seam Gas Field in Narrabri? and whether he will stand up for farmers in the Narrabri area and those downstream who are reliant on the Great Artesian Basin. 
  • What action will he and the Liberal National Party in general, take to assist with the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy? and whether he will support the call for no new coal mines.
Climate action: Great Lakes Knitting Nanna Linda Gill with her latest sign.

Climate action: Great Lakes Knitting Nanna Linda Gill with her latest sign.

Linda Gill said the Rocky Hill mine is the biggest threat to the community. 

The group is concerned the proposed mine is too close to Gloucester’s town and residential areas and has the possibility to impact on water downstream. 

No more mines: Knitting Nanna Dominique Jacobs knits at the 'Knit-In' outside member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead's Tuncurry office.

No more mines: Knitting Nanna Dominique Jacobs knits at the 'Knit-In' outside member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead's Tuncurry office.

“It’s imperative politcians know how the community is feeling,” Linda said.

“The Knit-In is a way to engage with the community on these issues.

“We find that this is the most effective way to do it.”