Aussie frack­ing film eye-opener

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Dono­van

A DOC­U­MEN­TARY film that tells the story of an Aus­tralian com­mu­nity that took on the on­shore gas in­dus­try will screen at the Grand Cygnet Cinema to­mor­row.

In a bid to raise aware­ness of the de­bate over frack­ing in WA, Lock the Gate WA spokes­woman Jane Ham­mond will be among the crowd plan­ning to at­tend.

Ms Ham­mond said The Bent­ley Ef­fect was a great ex­am­ple of how com­mu­ni­ties could and did stand up to the might of the gas in­dus­try.

“There is a lot of com­mu­nity con­cern that the State Govern­ment will opt to give frack­ing the green light,” Ms Ham­mond said.

“This is ev­i­denced by the more than 10,000 sub­mis­sions made to the WA Frack­ing In­quiry, most of which called for a per­ma­nent ban on the in­dus­try.

“In the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, La­bor did a sim­i­lar in­quiry and it is now giv­ing 51 per cent of the ter­ri­tory over to frack­ing even though the com­mu­ni­ties have said they re­ally don’t want it. So the event will in­clude an up­date on the lo­cal metro frack-free cam­paign and an over­view of the statewide cam­paign, es­pe­cially given the up­com­ing ap­point­ment to the Premier’s own staff of a se­nior pro-frack­ing ad­vo­cate from the Aus­tralian Pe­tro­leum Pro­duc­tion and Ex­plo­ration As­so­ci­a­tion.”

Film di­rec­tor Brendan Shoe­bridge will also be at­tend­ing the event and be avail­able for a short Q&A af­ter the screen­ing.

“This film is re­ally about com­mu­nity and what a united com­mu­nity can achieve,” he said.

“We have ar­rived at a crunch mo­ment in his­tory and peo­ple are crav­ing sto­ries of hope and courage.”

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