Concern in Cowaramup at gas industry moves in the Whicher Range

  AUGUST 8, 2016: It was standing room only for a screening of Lock the Gate’s A Fractured Country in Cowaramup last Friday (August 6). The crowd turned out to see the film, which tells the story of the gas rush currently taking place in Australia, and find out more about the Gasfield Free Community movement that has developed in response to the industry Continue reading

Stratham to declare itself Gasfield Free this Sunday

  JULY 24, 2016: Statham will today (Sunday July 24) join nearly 400 communities across Australia in declaring itself a Gasfield Free Community and is the first south west community to do so. The declaration, to be made a special ceremony in Stratham, means that the gas mining industry does not have a social licence to operate in the area. Continue reading

Call for Liberal MP to support veto rights following stand on land grab for pipeline

JULY 21, 2016: Gasfield Free South West is calling on Liberal MP Murray Cowper to support calls for veto rights for landholders following his public stance against the compulsory acquisition of private land for the Albany gas pipeline. Mr Cowper, a former State minister has described plans to acquire land from farmers for the pipeline as the “official theft of rural land” and as representing “an explosive new threat to private landowners.” Continue reading

Gasfield Free Community movement spreads to southwest WA

JULY 13, 2016: Statham, in the Shire of Capel, is about to become the south west’s first Gasfield Free Community after more than 98 percent of residents said “YES” to being gasfield free. Stratham will declare itself Gasfield Free at a special event on Sunday July 24. The declaration comes as the Capel Shire Council prepares to host an information expo on gas exploration in the south west on July 26. Continue reading

Fracking confirmed as a major election issue as Labor MP’s call for SW ban

  JULY 11, 2016: Lock the Gate Alliance and Gasfield Free South West have congratulated two Labor MPs who have come out in support of a ban on fracking in WA’s south west. Collie Preston MP Mick Murray and Upper House member for the South West region Sally Talbot called for the ban in response to growing community concern. Continue reading

South West community responds to DMP’S open letter about petroleum extraction in south west

 JUNE 30, 2016: Community groups in South West WA have expressed concern about the latest round of deceptive information provided to the public by the Department of Mines and Petroleum in a recently published “Open Letter to the Community”, which aims to counter the so-called ‘confusion’ around the issue of gas extraction in the region.  Gas Free South West rejects claims made by the Department that there is no need for community concern and continues to demand that the WA Government abandon its plans to industrialise the South West with gasfields, thereby placing communities and existing industries at risk. Continue reading

Groups across WA join in roadside call for action to protect Water4Life

JUNE 25, 2016: West Australians will be taking to the highways in force today in a show of support for better protection for our water resources from coal and gas mining. From Broome to Brunswick Junction, Moora to the Metropolitan area,  Kalbarri to Kununurra and Mandurah to Margaret River, more than 25 groups will be joining organized gatherings under the banner of Lock the Gate’s national #Water4Life campaign. Continue reading

Cervantes says “No” to fracking with Gasfield Free Declaration

CERVANTES June 23, 2016: The town of Cervantes will today become the seventh community in WA’s Mid West to declare itself gasfield free. The declaration supported by 95 % of the community means that the unconventional gas industry is denied a social license to operate in the area.   Continue reading

Local groups taking part in national highway action to protect water resources

 JUNE 14, 2016: Local landholders and residents, Climate Angels, Knitting Nanas and other concerned citizens will take to our highways on June 25 in the biggest roadside protest ever seen. The Bunbury group will gather on Bussell Highway near the Bunbury Bypass rest stop (between the roundabout and Thommos community garden) at around 10am on Saturday June 25.  Continue reading

Another Mid West Community Goes Gasfield Free

 JUNE 9, 2016: The community of Cervantes in WA’s Mid West is about to join scores of other of communities across Australia in declaring themselves Gasfield Free. The Cervantes Groundwater Protection Group has spent many months surveying members of the local community to see if they would be willing to live in an industrialised gas field. Continue reading