LANDOWNERS, business people and residents have welcomed a decision by the City of Swan not to support fracking or any other form of unconventional gas development within its boundaries.
The decision passed unanimously at the council meeting last Wednesday called for “the need to act with precautionary approach to large residential populations, sensitive environments, water resources and horticultural land uses”.
Local business operator Michael Taylor, from Taylor’s Art and Coffee House, said the council was responding to community concern at the prospect of unconventional gas mining in the area.
“We have gas leases over much of the City of Swan and the council, to its credit, has listened to the people and chosen to support the residents, local businesses, environment and tourism over the short- term interests of a gas company,” he said. “We are all sighing with relief at this move, but understand that it does not mean the end of this threat to our land, our water and our way of life in this area.”
Eureka Compost employee Vikki Worth said unconventional gas mining was an inappropriate land use for the Swan Valley and surrounds.
“The council has acted quickly to stem growing concern at the prospect of the invasive industrialisation of the area,” she said.
Mrs Worth said it was made clear in recent public meetings that unconventional gas mining was not wanted or needed in the region.
“The Swan Valley has great tourism potential,” she said. “The industrialisation that would follow gas mining would have put that at risk.”
The council also resolved to investigate ways to regulate oil and gas exploration and development in the City.