Big Rally in Batemans Bay to Mark Charcoal Anniversary

Charcoalition Media Release – September 17th 2002

The Charcoalition was one year old in August, and in that time has become a powerful force for the democratic voice of the ‘Communities for a Charcoal Free South Coast’ in the Eurobodalla’s Nature Coast. To mark this anniversary and celebrate the building of extraordinary community unity, Charcoalition is hosting the biggest rally ever to be seen in Batemans Bay.

Spokesperson for Charcoalition, Chris Kowal said, “The Rally will celebrate the strength of community unity and send a strong message to the NSW Government that a Charcoal Factory does not fit in the middle of the Nature Coast. This is the same ‘Nature Coast’ that the Premier described as ‘the Jewel in the Crown’ of NSW in October 2001 when he opened our Regional Botanic Gardens at Mogo.”

The Rally will be held on Saturday, September 21 in Batemans Bay. It will start from the car park on the South Eastern side of the Batemans Bay bridge, and people are asked to arrive at 11.00am for a 12 noon start.

The Rally will walk through Batemans Bay and finish at Mackay Park where a number of speakers will address the crowd, bringing the gathering up to date on the latest developments and actions.

Mr Kowal said “The charcoal factory issue will be a major election issue for communities in South East NSW in the upcoming State election. Such is the level of concern over this issue that the State Opposition Leader John Brodgen, Arthur Chesterfield-Evans from the Democrats, Ian Cohen from the Greens, Liberal candidate for Bega Andrew Constance, and Labor candidate for Bega, Wilma Chinnock will address the rally.”

Chris concluded “The rally will also be a colourful, family friendly and fun event.”

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