Push for gas re­stric­tion

LNP is yet to prom­ise frack­ing ban

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - Michael Nolan michael. nolan @south­bur­nett­times. com. au

We can’t af­ford to risk our pre­cious farm­land and wa­ter or al­low our thriv­ing agri­cul­ture and tourism in­dus­tries to be de­stroyed. — Vicki Per­rin

THE LNP re­mains the only se­ri­ous po­lit­i­cal party to hold off on promis­ing a to­tal ban on frack­ing in the Wide Bay Bur­nett.

La­bor joined the Greens and One Na­tion in call­ing for a to­tal ban on the prac­tice last week.

Lock the Gate Wide Bay or­gan­iser Vicki Per­rin said mem­bers were happy with La­bor’s call.

“I got the best shock of my life when the Pre­mier told me that they are on board for a ban on frack­ing gas­fields in this re­gion,” Mrs Per­rin said.

“The Pre­mier and lo­cal ALP can­di­dates have fi­nally lis­tened to the avalanche of com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion to frack­ing gas­fields across the Wide Bay Bur­nett re­gion.

“Farm­ers and com­mu­ni­ties across Queens­land’s gor­geous Wide Bay Bur­nett re­gion, in­clud­ing the Fraser Coast, are blan­keted by li­cences for frack­ing gas­fields.

“We are very pleased with this no frack­ing com­mit­ment from La­bor and look for­ward

to get­ting the de­tail in writ­ing,” Mrs Per­rin said.

Lock the Gate mem­bers are call­ing on the LNP to fol­low suit.

“Now it’s up to Tim Ni­cholls and the LNP to step up and prom­ise to pro­tect the Wide Bay Bur­nett and all the agri­cul­ture and tourism jobs,” Mrs Per­rin said.

“We need a fully leg­is­lated no- go zone for gas­fields and frack­ing across the Wide Bay Bur­nett re­gion.

“We can’t af­ford to risk our pre­cious farm­land and wa­ter or al­low our thriv­ing agri­cul­ture and tourism in­dus­tries to be de­stroyed for frack­ing.”

LNP mem­ber for Nanango, Deb Freck­ling­ton said ban­ning frack­ing was a non- is­sue in the re­gion.

“There is no CSG within the Nanango elec­torate,” Mrs Freck­ling­ton said.

PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

NO GAS: Vicki Per­rin takes a stand at a Gran­tham com­mu­nity meet­ing against coal seam gas and min­ing ex­plo­ration.

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