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

Burekup, Roelands community concerned about gas industry invasion

 JUNE 2, 2016:More than 100 people turned out at a meeting in Burekup on June 1 to discuss the risks of unconventional gas mining.  Spokesperson for Gas Free South West Jodi Larke said the meeting was empowering and demonstrated the strength of concern in the local community about the risks to land, water and health posed by the gas industry.   Continue reading

South West landholders call for help as State Cabinet Ministers arrive in Busselton

  BUSSELTON MAY 28, 2016: Landholders from across the south west are calling on the National Party for help ahead of regional State Cabinet meetings in Busselton tomorrow. The landholders want the Nationals to push for legislation to protect farmers and others from unconventional gas exploration and mining on their properties.   Continue reading

New National Mapping: 50 Million Hectares of Western Australia with Coal and Gas Titles or Applications

New national mapping of mining tenements across Australia released today reveals that vast areas of Western Australia are at risk, with 50 million hectares of its land mass covered by coal and gas titles and applications. The mapping was released today as part of the launch of Lock the Gate Alliance’s national campaign – Water4Life – which is putting the impact of coal and unconventional gas mining on water at the centre of the organisation’s Federal election push. The mapping shows that 37.3% of the Australian continent is covered by coal and gas titles and applications – an area 13 times the size of Great Britain. Continue reading

Mid West Farmers Call on Nationals to Stand Up for Veto

Farmers from across the Mid West are calling on the National Party to support their right of veto over oil and gas exploration after Nationals MP Shane Love came out in support of the veto campaign.  Lock the Gate WA coordinator Boudicca Cerese said Mr Love’s recent comments to The Countryman that farmers should have the right to veto was an indication of the strength of feeling in his electorate for the protection of land, water and health Continue reading

Councillors told gas company won't tolerate locked gates

The rights of farmers and other landholders across the Southwest look likely to be disregarded by a company seeking to access land between Bunbury & Busselton. Carly Stone, spokesperson for the online residential group "Gas Free Southwest WA" said the company had briefed local councils recently, and councillors had reported that the company indicated it would not tolerate landholders refusing access to their properties. Continue reading

Mid West Farmers take their fracking concerns to State Parliament

A delegation of farmers from the Mid West will be knocking on the doors of MPs in state parliament today demanding the right to protect their own land and water from fracking. The farmers from Irwin and Dandaragan have sought urgent talks with National, Liberal, Labor and Greens MPs. They want the right to veto access to their land so they can keep the fracking companies out. Continue reading