FRACKING PROTEST HITS THE HIGHWAY
Locals share their stories as NT activists journey to Canberra
A PLEA for more education was the driving force behind a recent tour from the Northern Territory to Canberra, as activists toured southwest Queensland’s gas wells on their way to Canberra.
With more than half the NT expected to be fracked over coming years, it was an opportunity for landowners to learn more about the firsthand experience of people in the southwest.
St George local Leanne Brummel said she had met with the Don’t Frack the Territory group as they made their way south, and spoke to them about stories from the region.
“People aren’t listening to the stories from the people living in the gasfields.
“For example, people don’t even know they’re fracking 30km outside of Surat.”
Part of action group, Nannas Who Knit, Ms Brummel said the aim of the group was to call for more action from the government.
“We annoy all politicians equally.”
While the bus stopped in St George, Ms Brummel presented a poster for the group to take to parliament, featuring drawings from local kids.
“I sat and knitted a sign while the kids came down and drew why the river was important to them.
“It’s just a reminder of how important the river is to us and what potential harm fracking could do to our natural resources.”