ALMOST 95% of respondents to a survey circulated to Spring Plains residents answered in the affirmative when asked whether they wanted their road and property to remain free from gasfields.
The survey result, to which 5.5% of respondents indicated they were "unsure" as to whether they wanted to allow access, has been hailed a strong message by the group of concerned residents of the Spring Plains district, west of Narrabri.
About 60 people converged on a declaration ceremony at the Spring Plains Hall last Friday and presented their declarations to Narrabri Shire Council Mayor Conrad Bolton.
At that time, survey co-ordinator Kim Revell said the results were a clear and decisive message to mining companies.
"The survey shows that we, the people of Spring Plains, are overwhelmingly opposed to gasfield exploration and mining in this area," Kim Revell said.
"168,500 hectares of productive agricultural land have been declared gasfield free as a result of this survey.
"We will not allow the gas industry to jeopardise our precious underground water supply."