Fracking workshop in Dardanup to address public concerns

Working together: Lock the Gate is holding workshops around the state, giving people the chance to make submissions for the WA Fracking Inquiry. Photo: Supplied.
Working together: Lock the Gate is holding workshops around the state, giving people the chance to make submissions for the WA Fracking Inquiry. Photo: Supplied.

For the Lock the Gate alliance, the group’s latest series of workshops provides the chance to connect with community members across Western Australia. 

The organisation launched the campaign in January and has already reached citizens in Perth, Jurien Bay, Moora and Dandaragan.

Its next community forum heads to Dardanup Community Centre from 6pm on Wednesday, February 7. 

The workshops have been designed to give people the opportunity to provide submissions for the WA Fracking Inquiry. 

People have been advised to create submissions of two paragraphs or more for the inquiry. 

Lock the Gate activist Jane Hammond said the workshops helped people to state their fears about what fracking could mean for their area, ground water and industry.

“It’s a cooperative thing, they tell us what interests them and what their particular reasons are for being concerned about this,” she said. 

Lock the Gate’s Mid West Coordinator Simone Van Hattem said the group was calling for more submissions from across the state. 

“So far, the inquiry has received in excess of 1400 email submissions though an online campaign coordinated by Lock the Gate,” she said.

“We hope that the workshops will inspire many more people to put pen to paper and let the inquiry know the potential costs in health, land and water of fracking in WA.” 

Submissions for the inquiry will close on Monday, March 19. 

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