Protesters with a banner to be used in Saturday's state wide Lock The Gate coal seam gas protest.
Protesters with a banner to be used in Saturday's state wide Lock The Gate coal seam gas protest. Warren Lynam

Fracking protesters take to the highway

BRENDA Millar saw a video about fracking in the United States and was shocked.

When she saw the Australian film "Frackman" and realised the method of coal seam gas extraction was in practice in Queensland she was horrified.

"I love Queensland and can't believe they are doing this," the Coolum resident said.

"I saw its spread around the state and thought Labor would be smarter. But it's up to the community.

"Governments just want money but don't weigh up the cost."

The absence of any coal seam gas mining on the Sunshine Coast has not deterred Ms Millar or about 60 others like her signing on to join the world's longest highway action to protect water resources.

The Lock The Gate protest will string Queensland from the Gold Coast to Cairns on Saturday with colourful banners and messages to raise awareness about the risks of coal and unconventional gas mining to water resources in the lead-up to the Federal election.

The Queensland protest is part of national action to highlight the risk to water from coal and Coal seam Gas and Shale Gas that require fracking.

Ms Millar, who has held three workshops at her Coolum home to prepare banners for this weekend's event, said she had been astonishing to learn that there are proposed shale gasfields covering 3500 sqkm in the Wide Bay region.

 

Brenda Millar paints a banner ahead of Saturday's state wide Lock The Gate coal seam gas protest.
Brenda Millar paints a banner ahead of Saturday's state wide Lock The Gate coal seam gas protest. Warren Lynam

"We'll be sending a direct message to passing motorists that they should 'Vote 4 Water not Gas' and 'Vote 4 Water before Fracking' when they cast their vote in the Federal election on the July 2," she said.

"We're calling on all Federal candidates and political parties to commit to protect water resources, support the dining boom and protect the health of communities from risky coal and unconventional gas mining.

"Our future lies in value-added agriculture, clean renewable energy and tourism industries, not in risky mining activities that threaten our water, our most precious resource."

Sunshine Coast protesters will gather at the Aussie World car park, Bruce Highway rest areas and Eumundi Markets.

 

Banners ready for Saturday's state wide coal seam gas protest.
Banners ready for Saturday's state wide coal seam gas protest. Warren Lynam

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