Bentley Blockade: General Information
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To find out what is needed at camp & where to take contributions of food & materials call info. tent 0457 629 652
Where to park: Turn right off the Kyogle Road into Bungabee Road. You will be directed to a camping spot and where to park by one of our friendly traffic control people. After parking please proceed to the “Welcome” tent at the camp entrance to sign a waiver and find out about the camp guidelines.
Campers- Bring a tent, mattress, sleeping bag, torch, chair, water, food for main meals, snacks, any toiletries or medications you need, hat, sunscreen, sensible shoes, long sleeved shirt, and an umbrella or rain jacket. And perhaps most importantly, bring along your sense of fun, community spirit and hope for the bright day when we win this campaign!
Dawn/Day trippers- Bring a torch, hat, sunscreen, sensible shoes, umbrella/raincoat, water and some snacks if you plan to stay for a while. You can also bring a chair or picnic blanket. Make sure your phone is charged and bring your camera.
When to come: As roads may be blocked it is best to come in the evening so that we can greet the dawn at the gate by 5.30 am.
When you attend the action please follow the guidelines for non-violent direct action and maintain a peaceful presence at all times. Non-violent direct action materials and guidelines are available at the info. tent. Please remember: when you are at a protest, your personal actions and words may be taken to be those of the group. Your individual actions have repercussions for your friends and the wider movement.Campers:
Directions to camp
From Lismore take Casino street west towards Kyogle. The street will become Bentley Road. Travel approx. 16km from Lismore. The camp is located on private land about 1 km before the drill site, on the right hand side of Bentley Road along Bungabee Road. Please turn into Bungabee Rd and proceed to the designated parking areas in the campground.
Please note that parking is not permitted along Bentley Road. All parking spots for camp visitors are located in designated areas in the campground off Bungabee Rd.
What’s happening at Bentley
Metgasco, a Sydney based gas exploration company, wants to drill a gas well 2km deep into the tight sands gas deposit near Bentley, 16 km from Lismore. Tight sands gas is a form of unconventional gas similar to coal seam gas where lots of wells are required to produce a commercial flow. One difference is that fracking is almost always required to get the gas to flow from tight sands deposits. Metgasco is due to commence drill site preparation at Bentley in early April, with drilling operations to follow.
The local community and the Northern Rivers community in general is overwhelmingly opposed to gasfield industrialisation at Bentley. In a community run survey, 84.5% of Bentley locals voted to have their lands and roads Gasfield Free. In a council poll in 2012, 87% of Lismore residents voted “NO’ to CSG.
How you can be involved
A community blockade of the drill site has been in place since early February. Community members are needed onsite to maintain the blockade. Please show your support to the blockade and pop in for a visit. Even better, schedule your visit for a 3 hour shift at one of the gates or join the camp for a day to be part of the ongoing action. If you can schedule a day or several days a week to join the blockade please do so. Many people are living at camp and commuting to work. Numbers are especially critical in the early morning so please try to arrive at night to be onsite for the dawn.
It is likely police will try to break the blockade at some point to enable Metgasco to start drilling for gas. But history shows us that nonviolent social movements can win. Large numbers are needed to show the government that we are united in our determination to keep the Northern Rivers Gasfield Free. This is a peaceful community action- please make sure you attend onsite trainings & practice nonviolence at all times.
What goes on at the blockade? Loads of stuff! The aim of the camp is to maintain the blockade of the drill site so all participants are asked to contribute by volunteering for one of many tasks – directing traffic, staffing the information stall, and helping to build infrastructure are just a few examples. There are also communal spaces for your and your family to spend time in including a café, childcare area and sports field. There are also activities you can join in such as the Camp Liberty Fireside Choir (they practice Tuesday evenings around the fire then perform Wednesday mornings at the gate), and banner and sign making. There are often workshops being held in the rainbow tent on anything from yoga to meditation to non-violent direct action techniques, to singing, or communication skills.
You might also find live music or other entertainment up at the gate or around the camp fire at Liberty Camp. You can bring a book and chill out, or bring your laptop and get some work or study done (though we think you’ll be having way too much fun for that!) Or you can just come and meet some of your fellow Northern Rivers protectors.
Facilities: There are toilets, a child care tent, a sports field, an information tent, a café, and communal lounges and meeting places.
Some people have simple tents set up; others have brought their caravans and have solar power, solar showers and comfy couches! Camping or glamping! It’s up to you!
You can also contribute to the blockade by donating money via our website or contributing food or materials to the blockade. To find out what is needed and organise delivery please call: 0457 629 652