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Farmers in outback Australia sometimes use the phrase ‘the gate is locked’ to mean that a particular person is not welcome on their property.
“Lock the Gate came together as an umbrella organisation for any group interested in the coal seam gas (CSG) industry to tell the industry that they’re not welcome on our land anymore,” says landholder and activist Dayne Pratsky.
CSG extraction is a destructive way to extract gas where water, sand and chemicals are pumped into an aquifer and put under pressure to create cracks in coal seams. It can affect agricultural land, the environment and communities.
“Our alliance encourages people not to negotiate with the mining companies, because they don’t have to by law.” Pratsky is involved in a blockade of the CSG pipeline near his property in Tara, Queensland.“We’re fighting behind the eight ball because fracking is starting up everywhere,” he says.
Thousands of new CSG wells are proposed across NSW and Queensland, and within a few kilometres of Sydney’s CBD in St Peters.
Lock the Gate will be at the "Protect our land and water" rally in Sydney on May 1, 2012, supported by another eight organisations, including NSW Farmers, the Country Women's Association of NSW, the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and the activist group GetUp!
Get involved in rallies near you at www.lockthegate.org.au.