Yesterday, community members including Butchulla people gathered on the beach at Brennan Park, Dundowran, to send a clear message that the fracking industry was not wanted on the Fraser Coast.
During the gathering, Gemma Cronin, Butchulla Native Title Applicant, revealed the Butchulla Bark Declaration, signifying the applicant groups unanimous opposition to Blue Energy’s plans.
"The Butchulla applicant group unanimously announce their opposition to the fracking industry in the Wide Bay - Burnett region,” she said.
"We will not support the development of this dirty, polluting industry under any circumstances.
"The first lore for Butchullas is that whatever is good for the land must come first, and this is totally at odds with what Blue Energy and the Palaszczuk Labor Government want to do.
"We cannot and will not stand idly while they destroy this pristine region, which surrounds K'gari, with shale gas fracking.
"Two of Blue Energy’s petroleum licences in the Wide Bay are due to expire on the 31st of this month, and its third is due to expire in March. We call on the company not to renew them and for the state government to cancel them so this region can be protected for future generations."