CSG Victim - George Bender
George Bender – a cotton farmer from Chinchilla QLD; took his own life after a decade of bullying by CSG companies – don't let this farmer's death be in vain.
George was bullied to death. Fifth genera- tion cotton farmer George Bender last week committed suicide after a CSG company tried to force access to drill 18 wells on his farm.
It came after 10 years of being coerced, intimidated and overwhelmed by coal seam gas mining companies – after already having his water contaminated and depleted. CSG companies literally broke his spirit.
Knowing close friends of the family, and as an Australian citizen – the treatment of him by these companies is an outrage to me. He was a well-respected man in the community. He leaves behind a wife, kids and large family
who loved him. In the heartbreaking words of my friend, “We will never forget you Uncle George... The fight will not end here.”
CSG companies drove him to breaking point, threatened with court cases and terrorised him until he saw only one way. Media reports say he ‘died of a broken heart’. It's so upsetting.
George fought not for himself, but for future farmers. We can’t let his tragic death be in vain.
Please help me call on the Queensland Premier to urgently change laws so CSG companies can't bully and threaten farmers – and prevent another farmer's death.
PS: For more information on action steps, Lock the Gate Alliance is working tirelessly to fight for change: http://www.lockthegate.org. au/vigils_for_george_csg_crisis_action_plan
If you or a member of your family are needing support, or information about suicide preven- tion, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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