Like mother, like daughter. Activist mothers, juggling family commitments with intense contributions to famous social movements. Filmed on Mother's day at the Bentley Blockade, 4 days before the government suspended Metgasco's license to mine gas, and celebrations erupted.
Terri Nicholson’s ascent to lock on and frustrate Metgasco’s entrance to the property where it proposed to disrupt the peaceful and pristine farmlands of Bentley with the first of possibly hundreds of gas wells. Dozens of Northern Rivers residents, many of them mothers, participated in a rostered, round-the-clock lock on to installations above and below ground. These lock-ons are affectionately named Simmos, after the first lock-on who was instrumental in the 2013 Doubtful Creek Blockade, which was eventually successful in turning Metgasco away from the Northern Rivers (temporarily, for 12 months). Terri's mother, Nan Nicholson, played a key role thirty years ago in the first ever movement (in Australia and possibly the world) where protesters were successful to stop logging by placing themselves directly in the way of loggers and police. The area due to be clear felled, soon after became the Nightcap National Park.
Thanks to Maggie May, and Ingrid Pullen for helping to organise the day.
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