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Candidate Forum brings fracking issue home to Darling Range voters

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018: Candidates in the June 23 Darling Range by election will be quizzed on their attitudes to fracking as part of a candidate forum organised by Frack Free WA and the Lock the Gate Alliance.

All eleven candidates have been invited to attend the event in the Roleystone Hall on Friday June 15 starting at 6.30pm.

A spokesperson for Lock the Gate in WA Jane Hammond said the forum was a chance for all candidates to put their cards on the table on where they stood on fracking in WA.

“This forum will provide voters with the opportunity to find out which candidates support a permanent legislated ban on fracking and which do not,” Ms Hammond said

“The State Government is scheduled to make a decision on whether to lift the current moratorium on fracking across the state later this year.

“Fracking is an issue that resonates with many voters in WA and Darling Range is no exception.

“We have already had a number of requests from people in the electorate for “No Fracking” and “Lock the Gate” yellow triangles to put on their homes during the election campaign.

“There is a growing body of scientific evidence that demonstrates clearly that fracking is simply not worth the risk to water, health and the environment.

“While the Darling Range electorate is not covered by any existing gas leases there are several to the north and south of the electorate.

“The forum will include the screening of the WA documentary “A Fractured State” which details the high stakes battle to protect land, water and health from the fracking industry.

“After the film, each of the candidates will be given a few minutes to address voters on where they stand on fracking and other issues. This will be followed by a question and answer session from the floor.”

Ms Hammond said the event was free and was open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. People are being asked to register their intention to attend on Eventbrite.

Attendees will also be able to take home a free “Lock the Gate” or “No Fracking” yellow triangle to show their support for a frack free WA.