Council has thrown its support behind the Lock the Gate Alliance in opposition to coal seam gas mining within the boundaries of the Douglas Shire.
A resolution at today’s Ordinary Council Meeting for the Douglas Shire to be a “Lock the Gate” supportive shire opposed to coal seam gas mining was carried unanimously.
Council will also support neighbouring shires in opposition to coal seam gas mining and will sign the “Call to Country” on the Lock the Gate website and send it to local, state and federal members of parliament as well as petition the Prime Minister.
Council will encourage Douglas Shire residents to sign the petition on the Lock the Gate website that states “all landholders should have a fair go and the right to say no”, and provide information about the Lock the Gate Alliance in Council’s foyer, on its website and Facebook page.
Mayor Julia Leu said Council had a responsibility as a Reef Guardian council to oppose coal seam gas mining, which involves pumping high-pressure liquids deep underground to fracture or “frack” layers of rock and release the gas.
“While the issuing of coal seam gas permits is the responsibility of the State Government, it is important as a Council we take a stand against this controversial practice and send a clear message to authorities and coal seam gas mining companies that we do not wish to compromise our pristine environment for their benefit,” Mayor Leu said.
“There is evidence that coal seam gas mining can contaminate underground aquifers and we as a Council do not support the rights of coal seam gas companies over local landholders.”
To find out more about Lock the Gate Alliance click HERE.