Two fracking free towns in Western Australia

double win waThere are now two towns in Western Australia to declare themselves fracking free zones, where fracking activities are not welcome.

Earlier this week the town of Greenough declared itself frack free and now they have been followed by the Shire of Coorow.

On Wednesday Coorow councillors unanimously backed a request to put a hold on all fracking work at energy company AWE’s Drover-1 well.

The request was submitted by residents from the local Green Head and Leeman communities.

Of course it drew the usual responses saying fracking is a ‘safe’ process and doesn’t need to be put through rigorous environmental assessment, despite our aquifers being at risk.

But neither the process of injecting high pressure chemicals into the earth, nor the resulting escape of methane is safe for our environment.

Methane is far more potent a green house gas than carbon dioxide in the immediate term, and fracking wells are notorious for creating methane leaks.

It’s simply not worth the risk.

I stand with the peoples of Greenough, Green Heads and Leeman in their fight to prevent fracking in Western Australia.

We will win the day.

September 21 – People’s Climate Mobilisation (Perth)

People's Climate Mobilisation - Perth, September 21, 2014

Let’s make this an event to be remembered. It’s time for us to step up and commit to taking actions which create and protect the safe climate future we all need.

On September 21 there will be actions we can take on the day, actions we can take in our personal lives and things we can begin doing together.

We need to use ALL our political, financial and collective power in order to secure the urgent action necessary for a safe climate future.

Promoting this event is a great vehicle for those conversations and it’s also far more effective than just mass-clicking invite button.

So let’s start having those conversations and inviting people along!

Click here to go to the Facebook Event

Peoples Climate Mobilisation – September 21

Peoples Climate Mobilisation, September 21, 2014

Tonight I was at a meeting to organise an event here in Perth as part of a global action to coincide with the UN Climate Summit in New York on September 21.

The message for the event is simple and clear, we want a safe climate future. 

To achieve this, we call for:
1) Tony Abbott to put real climate action on the G20 agenda.
2) A strong Renewable Energy Target and timeline for 100% Renewable Energy.
3) No new coal or gas projects. 

Find out more about the Perth event here.

Click here for information about other Peoples Climate events around the global.

Also keep your eyes on the #PeoplesClimate and #WorthSaving tags across social media, as they will be used extensively by this campaign.

WA Farmer’s fear for livelihood as fracking moves in.

No FrackingFarmers in the Green Head area of the Perth basin, south of Geraldton, are worried about their water supply.

Gas exploration company AWE is pushing ahead with plans for Western Australia’s first hydraulic fracturing (fracking) project to extract ‘shale’ gas.

Local resident Peggy Hodgson has been farming in mid west since 1960s.

She has fought to keep her drinking water safe from mining companies for decades, and will continue that fight now in her retirement.

“Our water supply our water quality and our water quantity. All of it is under threat should anything go wrong with the fracking and the boring that’s going to go on out here” said Peggy.

The Department of Water confirmed that the AWE project will drill through the same aquifer that supplies the town’s drinking water.

Department of Mines and Petroleum spokes person Jeff Haworth says the the Perth basin is “by far” the most likely fracking project to go ahead.

Watch the ABC report by Kathryn Diss

 

Australia needs to create more jobs. #100daysofblogging #Day61

Unemployment + Participation Rate in AustraliaThere are not enough jobs to go around in Australia, and that is a serious problem if you are one of the 740,000+ people looking for work.

While Liberal Party MP’s are always on about ‘getting people into jobs’,  this is proving to be nothing more than ‘political rhetoric’ under the current government.

You simply can not reduce unemployment without creating new jobs. Instead they use victim-blaming as a way to win votes, without actually doing anything to create jobs or reduce unemployment.

In fact it seems the Liberal Party do not understand how to create jobs.

You do not create jobs by withholding unemployment payments. You do not create jobs by forcing unemployed people people to apply for 40 jobs per month. You do not create jobs by forcing government control over spending by unemployed people.

You do not create jobs by forcing mature, highly qualified or skilled workers to take on unskilled roles that could be filled by younger, unskilled workers.

You do not create jobs by forcing unemployed people to work for below minimum wage in ‘work for the dole’ schemes, in fact they destroy jobs.

You create jobs through investment, particularly in innovation and infrastructure.  Continue reading Australia needs to create more jobs. #100daysofblogging #Day61