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Beef farmer worried about impact of CSG on local producers

BENTLEY beef producer David Scarrabelotti believes a gas industry would compromise the ability of local producers to reach high-end overseas markets.

Mr Scarrabelotti, whose property is next to Metgasco's planned drill site, runs the Green Mountain group, which exports premium beef to emerging markets in China, Indonesia and India.

He's building a farm stay designed for customers and is concerned if they realize the area is being targeted for gas mining, they will get a negative slant on the product.

Last week he met with Kyogle mayor Danielle Mulholland, councillors and staff plus the North Coast Dairy Industry Group including Leigh Shearman.

Ms Shearman said unless the community had certainty gas extraction would not impact water resources, it should not go ahead.

"We should be showcasing our region to the world as a uniquely safe and sustainable area," Ms Shearman said.

Topics:  coal seam gas csg