Eleven Grafton Nannas attended all or part of this inspiring conference.
|Some of the Grafton Nannas|
|The mild-mannered Nanna Purl recording events|
|Warrior Nanna Brunhilde|
The Conference was opened on Saturday by Lismore Mayor, Jenny Dowell, who has been a stalwart in representing and supporting her community in the campaign against the invasive gas industry.
The Saturday program provided the Nannas with a wealth of information on the coal and gas mining industries, their hazards and the complicity of governments in assisting them despite these industries' very negative impacts on communities and the environment. Speakers included author and activist Sharyn Munro, whistleblower Simone Marsh, Environmental Defenders Office solicitor Sue Higginson and Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith from the National Toxics Network. All that these women told us has strengthened our resolve to campaign against the invasive and toxic gas industry.
A lighter note was introduced by the Lismore Nannas in a series of short segments late in the afternoon just before Nanna nap time. These included a description by two Nannas of how they assisted simmos at the Bentley Blockade and a hilarious Wonder Woman segment by Nanna Frances.
And Grafton's Nanna Dianne was lucky to be awarded the "under the seat" prize (an interesting variation on a lucky door prize in which a prize notice was taped under a chair.) The prize was one of Nanna Louise's wonderful Chooks Against Gas.
|Louise and Chooks Against Gas|
|Some of the Nannas dining on Friday evening|
As well as planning the event and organising dinners and transport the Lismore Nannas also provided accommodation for most of the out-of-town visitors. This gave visitors a wonderful opportunity to get to know their hosts and to develop links which undoubtedly will be very beneficial in furthering the nanna-lution.
The weekend concluded with the viewing of Dayne Partzky's movie Frackman at the Lismore cinema. The Nannas were there, yellow-bereted and sitting in a block, in a cinema which was completely full.
|Some of the Nannas at Frackman|
It was a great conference and those Grafton Nannas who were there for the whole program returned home absolutely nanna-knackered.