THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2017: The community of Stirling Estate in the Shire of Capel will declare itself Gasfield Free at a celebration in Mallokup Road at 9.30am this Saturday (March 4).
The event hosted by Stirling Estate Gasfield Free and the Capel Country Women’s Association group comes just one week before the state election and is designed to show voters and political candidates how local residents feel about the development of gasfields in their district.
The Estate is part of an extensive area being sought by Sydney based Bunbury Energy, formerly known as Unconventional Resources Pty Ltd, to explore and mine for gas.
Spokesperson for Stirling Estate Gasfield Free Lisa Simpson said the declaration followed weeks of going house to house, road by road asking residents if they wanted to declare the area Gasfield Free.
“The survey showed that residents were overwhelmingly in favour of declaring the estate Gasfield Free,” Ms Simpson said.
The final tally of results will be revealed at the event on Saturday.
“We are farmers and lifestylers and we want to protect our land, our water, the health of our children and the value of our properties,” Ms Simpson said.
“We want to keep our community gasfield free and this declaration says to the government, the Department of Mines and Petroleum and the gas company that they are not welcome to come into our area to explore or drill for gas.
“We want to retain our way of life and we do not want to put our water resources at risk. Clean water is far more valuable to us now and in the future than any gas that might be mined from beneath our farmlands and our homes.
“Our declaration means that gas companies do not have a social licence to operate in this district.”
The declaration will include catering by the CWA and is open to the public.
“We have had a lot of interest from other communities keen to do a similar survey in their area and we plan to give them as much help as we can.”
Stirling Estate will become the third community in the Shire of Capel to declare themselves Gasfield Free and the fifth community in the south west. They follow Quedjinup in the City of Busselton that declared last weekend.
Stirling Estate will join nearly 440 other communities nationwide who have been declared Gasfield Free.
The event will take place at 579 Mallokup Road Stirling Estate at 9.30am Saturday March 4.
Further information: Jane Hammond 0403 926 467
Public meetings for local residents will be held around the Swan Valley in the week starting 14 November, to discuss the implications of a gas exploration licence over a large part of the Swan Valley. All community members are welcome to attend these free events, which will include a short film, discussion of the local issue, and Q&A.
Events are organised by local action groups: Gate Vines, Midland Gatekeepers, Gasfield Free Perth Hills, and Frack Free Guildford-Caversham.
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MIDLAND MEETING: Wednesday 16 November, 6.45pm, Ace Cinemas, Midland Gate, 274 Gt Eastern Hwy, Midland
PERTH HILLS/MAHOGANY CREEK MEETING: Thursday 17 November, 7pm, Mahogany Creek Hall, 325 Jacoby St, Mahogany Creek
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“People in the Mid West, on the frontline of this invasive industry, have been treated as collateral damage in the rush to extract unconventional gas and their concerns have until now been swept under the carpet,” Ms Ghannage said.