Fight for the environment

When the coal seam gas industry staked a claim on the Northern Rivers shire of Australia, alarm bells rang out. A critical mass of people from all walks of life – farmers, landowners, mums, dads, activists, scientists came together.

When the coal seam gas industry staked a claim on the Northern Rivers shire of Australia, alarm bells rang out. A critical mass of people from all walks of life – farmers, landowners, mums, dads, activists, scientists came together.

Taree will host its premiere screening of The Bentley Effect at the Manning Uniting Church Auditorium, Albert Street, Taree on Tuesday March 21.

Filmed over a period of five years, The Bentley Effect documents the highs and lows of the battle to keep a unique part of Australia gasfield-free. 

Producer and director Brendan Shoebridge is bringing his film to Taree and will be available for a question and answer session after the screening.

“The Northern Rivers Region of NSW has been a leading light in the battle against invasive mining and after the historic showdown at Bentley we now have a well documented victory for the power of community and a major turning point in the battle for a safe clean future,” said Mr Shoebridge.

Manning Clean Water Action Group president, Nawal Maharaj, said: “Our group is excited to support this screening by the filmmaker as it demonstrates that campaigns to protect communities and the environment are won through patient grass roots societal engagement over a period of time and not just flash-mob flag waving”. 

Doors open 6pm for a 6.30pm film start with a Welcome to Country by local Biripi Elder Auntie Tracey Anderson.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door if not sold out.

Prices are $15 adults, $12 concession/student/seniors and children under 12 years free.

Entry paid directly to the film maker.

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