I fear for the future of my family, my community and for the free-flowing rivers of western Queensland’s Channel Country. I’m a third generation grazier from “Noonbah”, south of Longreach, and I’ve never see as significant a threat to this extraordinary country than what the fracking industry now represents.
Will you take a minute to contact your MP and ask them to act to protect the rivers, native animals and people of the Channel Country?
It didn’t have to get to this. Like many graziers out here, I welcomed protections against large and destructive developments that the Beattie and Bligh Governments put in place. This ensured that some of the world’s last free-flowing inland rivers and also richest floodplain pastures were safeguarded for generations to come.
But then, in 2014, the Newman Government cut back those protections, exposing the Channel Country’s rivers and floodplains to exploitation by fracking. This now places the health of our water supplies and the survival of wildlife at risk and also threatens the future of our vibrant communities.
The Palaszczuk Government made a firm promise to Queenslanders to restore those protections but progress has stalled. Instead, Resources Minister Anthony Lynham has opened up vast new areas of the Channel Country to exploration for shale gas.
My family and I need your help. Tell your MP to protect our rivers and floodplains from fracking.
The Channel Country is an iconic part of the Outback and dear to the heart of Queenslanders. Banjo Paterson was inspired to write Waltzing Matilda out here. Our rivers bring life to the dry heart of Australia. We live in harmony with our rivers - they still flow and flood over vast plains to sustain a multi-million dollar organic beef industry.and nurture abundant native plants and animals.
The gas fracking industry is lining up to mine our fertile floodplains. Every well they drill will need a road, a pipeline andperhaps a wastewater storage pond as well. This will result in an industrialised landscape, threatening nature, water, people and our organic pastures.
Add your voice today. Tell your MP to protect the channel country’s floodplains from fracking.
To add insult to injury, just a few weeks ago in the state budget, Minister Lynham announced significant funds to encourage even more gas exploration in the Channel Country - the very place they promised to protect!
The Channel Country is very dear to my heart. The impact of fracking on our region's healthy rivers and sustainable industries could be devastating and permanent.
Will you help my family and me? Tell your MP our floodplains should remain free of fracking.
Dear [your MP name will be inserted here],
I’m concerned about the expansion of the unconventional gas industry (shale, tight and coal seam gas) onto the floodplains of Queensland’s Channel Country.
The Channel Country rivers are among the last major desert rivers in the world. They support abundant wildlife which has co-existed with a clean and green beef industry for more than one hundred years.
The floodplains produce some of the best cattle-fattening pastures on Earth and could continue producing top quality beef for decades to come, providing the floodplains continue to flood naturally.
The strong protections put in place by the Beattie and Bligh Governments were dismantled by the Newman Government. In the 2015 Queensland election, the now Palaszczuk Government committed to restore protections but this has not happened.
The rich floodplains are now vulnerable to the impacts of fracking for shale gas.
It is time to take action to protect our last desert rivers, the beef industry and the Channel Country’s abundant wildlife from the impacts of fracking for shale gas.
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