The Frack Free Communities initiative started in the Northern Rivers region of NSW with the birth of Gasfield Free Communities. It is now empowering communities across Australia.
It is a unique community democracy process that enables local people to survey their communities in a systematic way and, if a majority is obtained, to declare their communities 'Fracking Gasfield Free'. It is everyday people uniting together, road by road and valley by valley, to protect the places they love where governments refuse to do so.
It is a powerful political action, that involves erecting 'Frack Free' road signs on local roads, celebrating the results with colour and style, handing declarations to decision makers, and preparing to move forward together to defend the country.
It is an important first step to informing your local community about what’s at stake, providing pathways for people to join the movement, and going on to start a local Action Group. It is the main building block of a strong community campaign.
The strategy involves a simple approach that any group can undertake. The key is maximise involvement. To help you do this, we’ve developed a 'How To' Guide for Frack Free Communities. You can download the Guide here (PDF).
Before you start, we strongly encourage you to contact your Lock the Gate Regional Coordinator to support you in the process. They can provide you with the other resources you need to make this strategy a success. For WA, contact [email protected] or use the contact form below to message us.
Check out some photos of various Gas, Oil and Coal Free Declarations from across Australia at our Flickr photo site.
Across Western Australia community opposition to fracking and unconventional gasfields is growing rapidly.
From Traditional Custodians and pastoralists in the Kimberley, tourism operators in the Gascoyne region, to farmers and horticulturalists in the Mid West, communities are getting organised to protect their land, livelihoods and lifestyles from risky fracking and unconventional oil & gasfields.
To get involved with groups and campaigns in your local area, find a local community group near you, or volunteer to start a new group, or host a film night to activate a new area.
These are just a few of the people who are taking action to protect WA from fracking....
Interested in starting the Frack Free process in your neighbourhood? Or want to find out if anyone in your area is already working on this? Get in touch!