Lo­cals share their sto­ries as NT ac­tivists jour­ney to Can­berra

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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.”

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