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Australian winemakers to march on parliament

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Hunter Valley winemakers are leading a march on parliament in Sydney against government plans to allow coal seam gas exploration, which could threaten vine growing land.

On Tuesday May 1, thousands of Hunter Valley residents, including winemakers and farmers, will march on New South Wales Parliament House in protest. Winemakers are worried that CSG exploitation, which uses a process called “fracking” – involving injecting water into the seam – will deplete local water resources essential to grape growing.

The Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association said the New South Wales government’s strategic regional land use draft plan puts miners’ interests ahead of those of winemakers, landowners and residents, with particular reference to a clause allowing coal seam gas exploration proposals in those areas that are supposedly protected.

Read full story by James Heywood

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