Gasfield Free Communities, South West

Gasfield Free Quedjinup

Quedjinup becomes first community in  Busselton Shire to go Gasfield Free

THE COMMUNITY of Quedjinup became the first in the Shire of Busselton to declare itself Gasfield Free at a special event in Dunsborough on Sunday February 26, 2017.

The declaration came just weeks before the March 11 state election.

The declaration followed months of work that involved volunteers going house-to-house, road-by-road asking residents if they would like to declare the area Gasfield Free.

The comprehensive survey found a massive majority of the population of Quedjinup wanted to make the declaration.

Ang Tedling from Gasfield Free Dunsborough said the results showed that the gas companies did not have a social licence to explore or drill in Quedjinup.

“We surveyed as many residents as we could and when we found people where not home we would return up to three times in order to get their views on the declaration,” Ms Tedling said.

“Quedjinup is a rural community based on small farms, cottage industries and lifestylers and the vast majority of residents in the community have now chosen to be part of the national gasfield free movement.

“We are very proud of our community and its people and don’t want to put it at risk by any unconventional gas industry that may be thinking of coming into the area.

“Our survey says loud and clear that the gas companies do not have a social licence to operate in our region.

“This declaration is about creating public awareness and helping to empower people. We invited local election candidates from all political parties to attend our declaration and back our call for a ban on all onshore gas in our region and a strict state-wide moratorium.”

Quedjinup was the fourth community in the south west to declare itself gasfield free following Stratham and North Boyanup in the Shire of Capel and Brunswick in the Shire of Harvey. It joined more than 440 other communities nationwide who have declared themselves gasfield or coalfield free.

The declaration celebration took place on Sunday February 26 at the Old Dunsborough Boat Ramp and included participants taking to the water to form a Lock the Gate triangle using surfboards and a heart showing their love for the south west.