PROMINENT identities Tim Winton and former WA Premier Carmen Lawrence are warning of the risks of gas fracking to water supplies and communities in the final hours up to polling day.
They feature in TV advertisements by WA director Richard Todd on behalf of The Frack Free Future campaign and support a social media campaign combined with community events, letter boxing, door-knocking, phone banking and hundreds of yard signs targeted in marginal seats.
The campaign urges people to find out where the political parties stand on the issue before casting their vote tomorrow in the State Election.
A scorecard released by Frack Free Future gives the Liberal Party a fail on the issue for releasing fracking exploration leases across the state and allowing fracking to go ahead without environmental impact assessment.
Campaigners against say other parties responded more positively to the no frack message.
They say WA Labor pledged to ban fracking in the South-West and place a moratorium on fracking across the rest of the state, while the National Party support fracking with veto rights for landholders.
One Nation and WA Greens are opposed to fracking in the state.
Professor Lawrence lives in Northam and as a former Premier knows the challenge of plotting the best course for state development.
However, she said the first duty of state government was to guarantee the safety of West Australians.
“I’ve featured in this ad because fracking presents a serious risk to our water, our health and our environment; unless and until it’s proved safe, we must ban it across our state,” she said.
Tim Winton added his voice to the campaign and said fracking was banned or put on hold in Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Frack Free Future coordinator Jules Kirby encouraged West Australians to vote to protect WA from unconventional gas and fracking.