Residents from WA regions threatened by fracking will descend on Perth tomorrow to tell the McGowan Government locals remain firmly opposed to polluting gasfields.
The State Government is asking for public feedback on how fracking companies should manage stakeholder engagement.
Irwin Shire mango and melon farmer Rod Copeland said locals had already provided feedback.
“We called for a ban on fracking in our area, so why should we now help the government work with the fracking industry to try and sweet talk their way into our communities,” he said.
“Landholders across WA still do not have the right to veto fracking access on their properties.
“This needs to change immediately, or the great food and fibre we produce in this state will be put at risk.
“Precious water resources are also still not protected, despite what the government spin doctors say.
“We do not accept private corporations having more of a say than local communities when it comes to fracking and gas exploration."
Irwin declared itself gasfield free in 2015, while neighbouring locality Bonniefield is expected to follow next month. Other communities in the Wheatbelt are also declaring soon.
Public consultation remains open until Sunday: https://www.hydraulicfracturing.wa.gov.au/consultation/