WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21: Concerned citizens from across WA will converge on this weekend’s State Labor Conference in Perth to call for a permanent statewide ban on fracking in WA.
The group will hold a rally outside the conference at the Perth Convention Centre starting at 8am on Saturday morning (August 24).
A spokesperson for Lock the Gate in WA Jane Hammond said the rally coincided with the scheduled lifting of a moratoriumon fracking across more than 5 million hectares of the state.
“The State Labor Government has failed to listen to the majority of people in Western Australia who do not want their land, water, air or climate stability sacrificed to the narrow interests of the fracking lobby,” Ms Hammond said.
“We are coming together this Saturday to call on Labor to listen to the people and overturn this decision to allow fracking in WA.
“The State’s fracking inquiry was limited from its outset and failed to consider crucial impacts from this industry including its greenhouse gas footprint.
“Just last week new evidenceof fracking’s massive contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions made headlines around the world. And yet here we are beginning a brand new fracking industry in WA when we should be transitioning to clean renewable sources of energy.
“Despite the state’s fracking inquiryclaiming fracking could be done safely if enough new regulations were put into place, the State Government is lifting the moratorium on fracking before a single new regulation is even written.
“We are calling on Labor to join states and nations around the world in banning fracking permanently.
“The science on this industry and its impacts are well and truly in. WA cannot afford to go down the risky path of allowing this water guzzling, highly polluting, dirty industry to get going in our state.”
The rally will be family friendly and will include frack free muffins, music and street theatre.