Jenny Leunig with her grandaughter Kiah McCarthy, 8, in front of her artwork which she is hoping to keep attached to her roof along the Burxner Highway. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Jenny Leunig with her grandaughter Kiah McCarthy, 8, in front of her artwork which she is hoping to keep attached to her roof along the Burxner Highway. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Famed rooftop anti-CSG banner taken down as time takes toll

THE Northern Rivers' most famous protest banner - the huge anti-CSG sign on the roof of Knitting Nanna Jenny Leunig's Lismore home - has been taken down.

Ms Leunig posted images of the sign coming down on her Facebook page, along with the line "Going, going, gone - a sad day. What a boring roof we have now".

Lismore City Council came close to ordering Ms Leunig to remove the sign after discovering in April it potentially breached state planning laws.

However, ultimately it was the sign's age and wear and tear that forced Ms Leunig to take it down.

The sign had been in place for more than three years, having been put up in April 2012 after being painted by street artist Justin Livingston.

On her Facebook post, Ms Leunig said the sign was worn out.

"It turned out that all the eyelets had come out and the tarp was coming apart all around the edges," Ms Leunig posted.

"Another cyclonic wind would has caused it to tear off I think. Safer to bring it down before that happened. The artist said I would get two years out of the tarp, and I got two years, nine months - so we did well."

Ms Leunig said a condition of the council's agreement to let her keep the sign on her roof was that she would not be able to replace it when it eventually came down.

The sign was now destined for the library or a no-CSG museum, she said.

Ms Leunig's Facebook post about pulling down the sign has been filled with tributes by members of the community grateful for its presence.

"A wonderful vision to dream of, memory to hold. Thank you for your sacrifice in putting it up there, and having it for as long as you did," reads one of the comments.

Asked by one of her supporters what was next for her, Ms Leunig responded: "Who knows ... Whatever takes my fancy and what I can get away with."