Country Regions Council of WA throws its support behind calls to ban fracking

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2018: The Country Regions Council of Western Australia, the body charged with looking after the welfare and rights of country people, has joined the chorus of organisations and individuals calling for a total ban on fracking in WA.

At its most recent meeting earlier this month the CRC voted unanimously to support calls for a total ban on fracking in Western Australia.

President of the CRC Garry Hodgen said the council could see no benefit from fracking for people in regional WA.

“Our council discussed the issue and came to a unanimous decision to support a total ban on fracking,” Mr Hodgen said.

“We will be putting our calls to the Premier Mark McGowan and urging him to listen to regional WA on this matter.

“We don’t need the gas and we don’t need to put our water and our agricultural industries at risk from this industry.”

A moratorium on fracking covering most of the state is not set to expire until mid 2020 but the WA Government is currently deciding whether or not to give fracking the greenlight.

The CRC was established in 1947 under the mandate of the WA Government to give country West Australian’s a means of making direct approaches to Government Ministers on matters of regional interest. It has successfully campaigned for issues such as the establishment of rural Agricultural Department offices and research stations in country areas, the retention of the Midland Sale Yards and the provision of mammography services to country areas.

A spokesperson for Lock the Gate in WA Jane Hammond said the CRC’s support for a ban showed how big an issue fracking was to people in regional and rural WA.

“For an organisation with the weight and history of the CRC to call for a ban on fracking is a major step forward in this campaign to keep WA frack free,” Ms Hammond said.

“It demonstrates how widespread the support for a ban on fracking is across the state.”

Ms Hammond said the CRC’s decision came in the wake of a letter calling for a ban on fracking in WA from 26 prominent Australians from the arts, sports and business communities.

“The move by the CRC also follows an open letter to the WA Government from 50 leading scientists who warned that fracking WA would be “grossly irresponsible” given the likely impact it could have on climate stability,” Ms Hammond said.

“And it follows the tabling in State parliament of an official petition signed by nearly 14,000 WA residents calling for a permanent, legislated statewide ban on fracking.”

Last year the Country Women’s Association of WA also called on the WA Government to ban fracking.

“Calls for a ban on fracking our state are coming in from many quarters. Let’s hope the WA Government is listening to the people.”

The Country Regions Council of WA Inc (CRC) is a mandated politically non-aligned community lobby group.

It represents and supports rural and regional based local authorities, enterprises and individuals in matters of development, infrastructures, services, amnesties and lifestyle.

Its aim is to support a vibrant, diverse and sustainable rural and regional population and community throughout WA.