THE Gippsland Knitting Nannas Against Gas brought their anti-coal seam gas message to the steps of the ALP National Conference at the convention centre in Melbourne on July 25.
The knitters included, back, from left, Kate Jackson and Julie Price; front, Helen Groen, Marg Thomas, Phil Piper, Lorraine Bull and Hannah Alquier.
Nannas gathered from Mirboo North, Geelong, Morwell, Poowong, Berrys Creek, Toolangi (supported by city based knitted) – and all were united in their passion to stop new coal and onshore gas developments.
The Nannas (with some pops as well) were a popular attraction, garnering plenty of media attention as they sat on folding chairs in front of bright banners sharing tips on knitting and how to stop new coal and onshore gas mining.
“Plenty of uni students and ‘pollies’ came over to talk to us which is such a good sign as we are reaching the younger folk and hopefully influencing policy decisions as well,” Hannah Alquier from Poowong said.
“The ALP candidate for the next federal election, contesting the seat of McMillan, Chris Buckingham, saw our strong commitment and voiced concerns about these industries as well.
“He undertook to make himself available for any information sessions and forums on the issues.”