The Bentley Effect, Cheshire Screening
May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bentley Effect details how the idyllic Northern Rivers of NSW came under threat from invasive industrial gasfields and how the community responded with over 35,000 people visited in their homes and tens of thousands of DVDs burnt and distributed. People were asked if they supported CSG and results showed that on average over 95% opposed it. This ground work resulted in masses of people from all walks of life – activists, farmers, landowners, Indigenous people, mums & dads, scientists – organising themselves to rally against the unconventional gas.
A series of dramatic blockades ensued, before the final battle lines were drawn in the peaceful farming valley of Bentley. Thousands of people flocked to the site to stare down the threat of 850 riot police – who had been ordered to break up the protest. What happened next was unprecedented and set an historic turning point.