Forty locals gathered by the roadside in Moruya, adjacent to the Council chambers, to call on the Morrison Government to Fund Our Futures, Not Gas saying "Burning more fossil fuels risks even bigger bushfires, bigger floods and the death of the Great Barrier Reef."
A spokesperson for the 350Eurobodalla group has posted of the protest; "This was one of more than 32 actions across the country in a week of action ahead of the 2021 Federal Budget, which it is feared will contain large new subsidies for the fossil gas industry. No energy company would build a big new gas power station, no bank would finance it and the energy authority says it’s not needed.
"Renewable energy, education, housing, public transport, welfare and health are much better ways for the government to spend public money than on subsidising gas.
"We’re worried there will be millions more taxpayer dollars being funnelled to a dirty, polluting fossil fuel when our community needs support to recover from the bushfires, the pandemic and in the midst of the worsening climate crisis.
"We are still suffering from extreme weather events, made worse by climate change, like the recent bushfires and floods. To give public money to an industry that is worsening climate change and polluting our country is absurd.
"These actions support recent polling figures showing that Australian from all demographics support renewable energy over gas. It’s clear that the majority of Australians don’t want public money handed to oil and gas companies who will damage our land, water and climate.
"The Morrison Government should use the Federal budget to support communities across Australia, not the fossil fuel industry."