Take Action: EPA comment closes tonight for first fracking application in WA under McGowan

First fracking application in WA under McGowan - COMMENTS CLOSE TONIGHT (Friday 14 Aug)

Valhalla North siteTexan fracking company Black Mountain(Bennett Resources is their subsidiary) is proposing to drill and frack 6 wells in the Kimberley. The project is to take place in Exploration Permit 371 approximately 123km southeast of Derby, within the Shire of Derby. This area has been fracked by Buru in 2015 where radioactive water came to the surface as a result.

This is the first blatant fracking plan in the state under the McGowan Government. The companies exploring in the Kimberley liken the amount of gas there to areas of the US where tens of thousands of wells have been fracked. It starts with a few, and quickly expands.

You have a chance to make sure this dangerous project receives a high amount of scrutiny. The EPA has given the public days to comment on what level of assessment this fracking project should have. Submissions close at midnight this Friday 14th August - TONIGHT!

Please make your quick objection to the EPA here. 

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Snap action for the Kimberley

Join us this Friday, for a socially distanced snap action in Perth to tell Premier McGowan to stop this multinational company from fracking the Kimberley!

Last week, Texan fracking company Black Mountain blatantly announced plans to drill 6 new wells and frack in the Kimberley, near the Fitzroy River.

This project could lead to thousands of fracking wells across the Kimberley region.

The McGowan Government has not finalised its promise to increase Heritage Protection of the incredible Kimberley region, or the new Code of Practice laws.

The right to say no, promised by Premier McGowan for Traditional Owners and landholders, has not yet been implemented.

Join us on Friday at 8.15am outside of McGowan’s Perth office, Dumas House in West Perth. Tell McGowan he needs to stand up to protect the precious Kimberley.

The timing of the action is to coincide with Ministers and staff heading in to work for the day. We’ll finish up by 8.45am.

This is the first clear plan to frack since McGowan lifted the ban, it's important to push back right now.

What: Snap action to stand in solidarity for the Kimberley

Where: Dumas House, 2 Havelock St, West Perth (street parking available and it’s on the Green CAT bus route).

When: Friday, 24 July, 8.15am

How: We will socially distance, and have masks available. Please wear something red!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/342015300127198

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Don't Frack WA - Democracy in the Pub

Monday 8 April

6pm-7.30pm East Victoria Park

Don't Frack WA - Democracy in the Pub

Read more and RSVP here on our website, and share/rsvp on facebook here.

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February 2019 Perth events

Tuesday 12 February

11.30am-1pm. Parliament House Perth: Meet at the Parliament steps on the city side.

Dirty Dozen Anti-Fracking Stunt

Join us for a stunt at Parliament House Perth for the first sitting day of state parliament to send a strong anti-fracking message to our MPs. We have had just 12 fracking wells drilled since 2004 and in the past five years alone we have had 21 serious spills at those sites. Already we have had a fracking company go belly-up in the Kimberley leaving tax payers to foot the bill for the clean-up.
We need at least 12 people to join us for some street theatre. BYO mops, buckets, brooms and cleaning cloths as we clean up the fracking mess on front of parliament. We will have a fracking well and black plastic liner. We will also have white Hazchem suits and dust masks.
If you are going to be part of the stunt please come early by 11.15.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/241838160030894/


Wednesday 13 February

6.45 to 8.30pm - Replants, 96 Wray Avenue, Fremantle

Fracking Information Night & film night

Join us to find out what the McGowan Government's decision to allow fracking in WA means and how you can help protect our precious state from the fracking industry.

Come along and meet members of the Fremantle based Gasfield Free Metro Action Group and see if you would like to help the fight to protect land, water, health and climate stability in WA by taking part in the group or upcoming events or simply learn more about the issue.

We need to build the movement and need people with almost any skill you can think of. If you are committed to a Frack Free WA we need you.

Whether you are already part of a Frack Free/Gasfield Free group, or are getting involved for the first time, come along.

Refreshments included. Entry by donation, to help cover costs, if you can.

RSVP on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/971594579696390/


Sunday 17 February

9am to 4pm Hazelmere Hall, Bushmead Rd, Hazelmere (near Midland)

Frack Free campaign skill share

Read more and RSVP here on our website, and share/rsvp on facebook here.

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Don't Frack WA actions

On Tuesday the WA Government lifted the fracking moratorium and paved the way for fracking across more than 5 million hectares of our state.

It is an appalling decision that we will fight with everything we’ve got.  There’s no balance here – they’ve basically given the gas industry carte blanche across most existing gas leases.

Can you join us for snap actions THIS SUNDAY to push back against this disastrous move:

Sunday 2 December

Perth 10am City Beach, north end of carpark on the grass.


Badgingarra 1pm  Badgingarra Oval area.


Geraldton 4pm  north end of foreshore near Jaffle Shack.


Broome 5pm Cable Beach near Zanders.


The only regions that will be protected from fracking are the South West, Perth and the Dampier Peninsula. That’s great for those regions, but if fracking is unsafe there, it’s unsafe everywhere.

The government said on Tuesday that farmers and Traditional Owners will have veto rights, but we’ve since learnt there’ll be NO VETO on exploratory fracking and it won’t apply to pastoral leaseholders at all.

So, we need to push back hard and fast, and we need you there with us.  Please come along THIS SUNDAY and show them that we simply won’t stand for this.

There’s been massive condemnation of this decision from all quarters - from the union movement to farmers to Kimberley Traditional Owners.

The Premier has attempted to paint this as a balanced decision, but you only need to read the gas industry response to see that they take this as a massive greenlight for fracking.

If we push back hard and fast we can put a big dent in this disastrous decision.

Let’s make it clear the only outcome the community will accept is a state-wide ban on fracking.

We need your help to ramp up efforts to stand against the frackers. Please add what you can into the WA fighting fund.

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Snap Actions across WA

Yesterday The Sunday Times reported that the WA Government was about to give fracking the greenlight across much of WA.

We hope that these reports are wrong but if they are accurate then we need to remind the WA Government that fracking is not needed or wanted in WA.

Monday 26 November.

We are calling a Snap Action at Parliament House Perth THIS evening. Please come if you can. Numbers matter in this community stand to protect our land, our water, our health and our climate stability. Community action groups have also called actions in Broome, Exmouth and Bullsbrook at 5pm today, and Geraldton at 12.30pm today.


5pm – 6pm

Parliament House, Harvest Tce, West Perth

Meet on city side at steps.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2277506332534740/



Outside Darren West's office, 84 Marine Tce, Geraldton

Photo with sign for a ban on fracking to send to McGowan, and a thank you to Darren for supporting a ban.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/309641713222215/



Entrance Point, Broome

Photo opp to send message to McGowan.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1751476174958689/



Ethel Warren Centre, Bullsbrook

Photo opp to send message to McGowan.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/274871143105549/



Federation Park, Exmouth

Photo opp to send message to McGowan.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/288806221755748/

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Christmas Card Challenge

Will you Join the Frack Free WA “Send Mark a Christmas Card Challenge"?

Christmas card challengeHelp send WA Premier Mark McGowan some Christmas cheer and a clear No Fracking message. 

The aim is to deck the Parliamentary Halls with No Fracking Christmas cards a plenty, from across the state, so take the challenge to tag two friends.

Send Mark McGowan a Christmas card with a polite and cheery message signed by you and your friends and family.

Here is an example:

Dear Mark,

Happy Christmas!

Please make my Christmas Wish come true and ban fracking in WA.

Best Wishes,

(Your name, town/suburb)

Mavis Moora


Happy Christmas Mr McGowan!

Please give WA a wonderful Christmas gift by banning fracking permanently across our beautiful state.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a very positive New Year,

Best wishes, (insert you name and town/suburb)



1. Select a card and write a message similar to above, and include where you are from and perhaps your occupation.

2. Take a picture of yourself with your card

3. Post it to social media and tag two friends to join you in the “Send Mark A Christmas Card Challenge”. Add the hashtags #ChristmasWish and #WAFrackingBan. Make it public so we can see it, or post it to our Frack Free WA fb page, twitter or instagram.

Postbox4. Pop your card in an envelope address it to:

The Hon Mark McGowan MP

PO Box 5324
Rockingham Beach WA 6969

Write name and your location on the back (and in the card), so it's clear you're a real person.

Please also consider signing our online petition if you haven’t already:

And call the Premier’s hotline and let his staff know you would like a permanent, legislated, statewide ban on fracking in WA:

Christmas sketch

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Ban Fracking in WA Rally

Join us on the steps of Parliament House, Perth on Thursday 11 October at 12 noon to hand over a formal petition calling for a permanent ban on fracking in WA.

We are calling on the State Government to heed the call of farmers, Traditional Owners, communities across WA, climate scientists and thousands of other Western Australian residents to legislate a permanent ban on fracking in our state.

Please save the date and make time for this important lunch time rally.

This rally is being organised by Frack Free WA & Lock the Gate with support from many regional and metro action groups and other organisations.


Thursday October 11, 2018 at 12pm - 1pm
Parliament House, West Perth
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July Events

Bindoon Town Hall Meeting

Thursday 12 July, 7pm

Bindoon Town Hall, Gt Northern Hwy, Bindoon

Come and find out about new gas exploration planned north and south of Bindoon and find out about fracking and what you can do. Chittering is in the sights of mining companies who plan to conduct unconventional gas mining in our region which would require fracking.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1642859235811235/


Group Photo outside Federal Labor Climate Change Forum

Thursday 12 July, 6-6.30pm

Memorial Hall, cnr Carrington and Rockingham Rds, Hamilton Hill

Show your support for a ban on fracking state wide by joining us outside this Federal Labor event near Fremantle for a photo shoot at 6pm. Shadow Minister for Climate Change Mark Butler is coming to Freo for a Climate Change Forum (starting 6.30) in Hamilton Hill, but Federal Labor has said nothing about the climate impacts of fracking WA and is actually encouraging fracking in the NT and WA. If we frack our state then we can kiss goodbye to Australia's ability to meet our emissions targets under the Paris Agreement. 

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2258259730867608/


Victoria Park Film & Info Night

Wednesday 18 July, 7pm

Town of Victoria Park Council Admin Building, 99 Shepparton Road, Victoria Park

Here in WA the fracking industry is poised, awaiting the green light from the Labor government under pressure from the gas industry and federal government. 

Help protect our drinking water and unique landscapes by attending the screening of “Fractured State” followed by discussion and update about fracking in WA.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1856005424693519/


Muchea Gas Fracking Meeting

Friday 20 July, 7pm

Muchea Community Hall, 48 Archibald St, Muchea

There is currently new gas exploration planned for within 3km of Muchea.
We need Muchea people to take some basic steps to stop fracking in the area, so come along to this meeting as the first step, and find out what's happening, and what can be done.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/190096488337552/


Pipe Dreams - Fractured Lives screenings with Q&A with the farmer-filmmaker.

Grab your tickets now (before 13 July) to ensure these screenings go ahead!

Tuesday 24th of July at 6:30pm at Luna on SX Fremantlehttps://tinyurl.com/PipeDreamsFreo

Wednesday 25th of July at 6:30pm at Ace Cinemas Midlandhttps://tinyurl.com/PipeDreamsMidland

Thursday 26th of July at 6:00pm at Orana Cinemas Geraldtonhttps://tinyurl.com/PipeDreamsGeraldton

What if your government is risking the health of your family for quick cash?
Join an Aussie farmer, tired of political spin, as he takes on a fact-finding mission into the effects of Fracking. His inspiring journey takes him from the southern point of country South Australia to Northern Australia and across the world to the USA. Hear the stories of everyday people speaking out to give you an insight into this industry as well as the science from world experts.

We all want fresh air, clean water and food that is safe for our family. See why this has the potential to impact us all.


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Pipe Dreams, Fractured Lives WA tour

Lock The Gate presents these Q&A screenings of Pipe Dreams - Fractured Lives in Western Australia.

Tuesday 24th of July at 6:30pm at Luna on SX Fremantle: https://tinyurl.com/PipeDreamsFreo

Wednesday 25th of July at 6:30pm at Ace Cinemas Midland: https://tinyurl.com/PipeDreamsMidland

Thursday 26th of July at 6:00pm at Orana Cinemas Geraldton: https://tinyurl.com/PipeDreamsGeraldton

The film will be introduced by farmer and filmmaker David Smith who will also take questions after the film.

What if your government is risking the health of your family for quick cash?
Join an Aussie farmer, tired of political spin, as he takes on a fact-finding mission into the effects of Fracking. His inspiring journey takes him from the southern point of country South Australia to Northern Australia and across the world to the USA. Hear the stories of everyday people speaking out to give you an insight into this industry as well as the science from world experts.

We all want fresh air, clean water and food that is safe for our family. See why this has the potential to impact us all.

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