SAVE OUR COAST PROTESTS OFFSHORE GAS EXPLORATION IN NEWCASTLE

Federal MPs will tonight vote on whether to renew a permit, allowing for offshore gas exploration between Sydney and Newcastle.

A motion to deny the renewal was tabled by Liberal MP, Jason Falinski, and supported by several local politicians, including the Member for Newcastle.

“The message I got from Novocastrians was clear – no oil and gas rigs for Newcastle, no way, no how.” – Sharon Claydon, Member for Newcastle.

Hunter advocacy group, Save Our Coast, which has been campaigning against offshore gas exploration, describes the motion as a win for community activism.

“We are thrilled to see the support from all sides of politics, and no matter what way it goes, this is a huge win for democracy and people power ” – Natasha Deen, Save Our Coast.

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Lydia Bilton is a Reporter/Producer with NBN News in Newcastle. She has also worked in NBN's Tamworth bureau. Before hitting the road, Lydia worked for Nine News Sydney as an Associate Producer and 60 Minutes as a Social Media Producer. Lydia graduated from The University of Sydney in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Arts (Media and Communications).