BREAKING: The Mid West community of Hill River has become the latest Gasfield Free community in WA. The community made its declaration today.
Posted by Frack Free WA on Saturday, 22 September 2018
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018: Hill River in the Shire of Dandaragan has become the latest community in WA to declare itself Gasfield Free.
The declaration was made at an event in Cantabilling Road today, Saturday, September 22.
The community celebrated the declaration with a barbeque lunch and informal gathering.
The declaration followed months of work that involved volunteers going farm-to-farm, road-by-road asking residents if they would like to declare their area Gasfield Free.
The comprehensive survey found a massive majority of the population of Hill River wanted to make the declaration with 92.3 per cent saying “yes” to going Gasfield Free.
Corin Linch from Gasfield Free Hill River said the results showed that gas companies did not have a social licence to explore or drill in the area.
“The community of Hill River joins other communities in declaring itself Gasfield Free,’ and is the fourth community in the Shire to make the declaration, following similar declarations in Cervantes, Jurien Bay and Dandaragan,” Mr Linch said.
“We surveyed as many Hill River residents as we could and when we found people were not home we would return, leave a flyer or phone them in order to get their views on the declaration.
“Our survey says loud and clear that the gas companies do not have a social licence to operate in our region.”
The community of Hill River, 195km north of Perth, is in several existing gas leases.
A spokesperson for Lock the Gate in the Central Midlands Jarrad Thomas said Hill River was the latest of more than 450 communities across Australia to declare themselves coal or gasfield free.
“With the state government currently examining the findings of the fracking inquiry and deciding whether or not to lift the current fracking moratorium, Hill River’s declaration stands as a reminder that thousands of West Australians are saying No to living in a gasfield,” Mr Thomas said.
“Hill River residents will be among the hundreds of people from all over WA who will converge on State Parliament on October 11 to call for a permanent legislated statewide ban on fracking in WA.”