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Large Crowd Expected to Rally Against Fracking at WA Parliament House today

Rally Thursday October 11. Parliament House Perth

BREAKING John Butler has made another call out for tomorrow's Rally to Ban fracking in WA. Thursday October 11, Parliament House Perth, 12 noon. Please come. Spread the news. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/902521696599436/

Posted by Frack Free WA on Wednesday, 10 October 2018

THURSDAY October 11, 2018: Hundreds of people are expected to gather at 12 noon at Parliament House in Perth todayto send a clear message to the State Government that the fracking industry does not have a social licence to operate in Western Australia.

The rally will include the presentation to the Parliament of a petition signed by more than 14,000 Western Australians calling for a permanent, legislated, state-wide ban on fracking in WA.

The rally, organised by the Lock the Gate Alliance and Frack Free WA, has the support of a wide range of farming groups, regional and rural communities, Traditional Custodians, conservation organisations, unions and faith groups.

A spokesperson for Lock the Gate in WA, Jane Hammond, said the rally would demonstrate the strength of opposition to fracking in WA from a broad sector of the community.

“The petition calling for a ban on fracking has been collected by individuals from Cue to Cottesloe, Moora to Mundaring and Kununurra to Kalgoorlie,” Ms Hammond said.

“Right across WA people are concerned at the impact that fracking WA could have on our global climate stability, our water, our land, our health and our communities.

“The rally is a clear statement from the West Australian community that the fracking industry does not have a social licence to operate in our state.”

The event will include the unravelling of a giant banner listing the names of the 22 WA communities from the Gascoyne to the South West who have already declared themselves off limits to the gas industry through Gasfield Free Community declarations.

Ms Hammond said many other communities across the state were already going through the gasfield free process in a bid to show the gas industry that it was not needed nor wanted in their districts. Any gasfield exploration or development was going against the wishes of the people living in those areas.

The state’s largest cow, Daisy, will make her debut at the rally to highlight the issue of radioactive waste as a by-product of fracking and plans by Perth based Buru Energy to dispose of its contaminated fracking waste in stock water in the Kimberley.

“Buru Energy’s plans to use Kimberley cattle as walking radioactive and heavy metal disposal units is a clear demonstration of why WA cannot afford this risky, dirty industry,” Ms Hammond said.

The WA Government is currently deciding whether or not to give fracking the green light in WA following the completion of a year-long study into fracking by a scientific panel set up by the State Government.

The panel completed its findings last month and handed them to the Government but the report has yet to be made public.

Our rally  is part of more than  70 actions on six continents against gas fracking happening under the banner of the Global Gasdown-frackdown Day of Action.