Como: screening of The Bentley Effect to highlight anti-fracking movement

Clare Caldeira (left) , Brian Spittles and  Jane Hammond. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au   d482365
Clare Caldeira (left) , Brian Spittles and Jane Hammond. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d482365

A DOCUMENTARY film that tells the story of an Australian community that took on the onshore gas industry will screen at the Grand Cygnet Cinema on May 9.

In a bid to raise awareness of the debate over fracking in WA, Lock the Gate WA spokesperson Jane Hammond will be the among the crowd planning to attend.

Ms Hammond said The Bentley Effect stood as a great example of how communities can and do stand up to the might of the gas industry.

“There is a lot of community concern that the State Government will opt to give fracking the green light,” Ms Hammond said

“This is evidenced by the more than 10,000 submissions made to the WA Fracking Inquiry, most of which called for a permanent ban on the industry.

“In the Northern Territory, Labour did a similar inquiry and it is now giving 51 per cent of the territory over to fracking even though the communities have said they really don’t want it.

“So the event will include an update on the local metro frack free campaign and an overview of the state-wide campaign, especially given the upcoming appointment to the Premier’s own staff of a senior pro-fracking advocate from the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association.”

The film’s director Brendan Shoebridge will also be attending the event and will be available for a short Q&A after the screening.

“This film is really about community and what a united community can achieve,” he said.

“We have arrived at a crunch moment in history and people are craving stories of hope and courage.

“I’ve been thrilled and humbled by the audience responses so far; it is been amazing.”

What: The Bentley Effect

Where: Grand Cygnet Cinema, Como

When: May 9

Cost: $13.75 – $22.19

Visit: https://tinyurl.com/PerthTBE

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