PUBLIC meetings will be held in Aveley and Muchea this week to discuss plans for industrial gas fields in the Swan Valley and surrounding areas.
Residents contacted the Lock the Gate Alliance recently – a nationwide organisation that aims to stop unsafe gas and coal mining – to express their concerns.
Among them was local businessman John Taylor of Taylors Art & Coffee House, who said locally grown produce was vital to many Swan Valley businesses.
“The priority for our region should be on supporting growers, vignerons and tourism, not a risky gas field industry that is not safe,” he said.
“Locally grown produce is integral to many Swan Valley businesses like ours, and no-one wants to see that put at risk.
“Local vignerons and market gardeners can’t afford the uncertainty that gas exploration licences bring.”
Mid West Alliance coordinator Simone van Hattem encouraged members of the public to attend so they could understand what may happen to their area in the future.
“Unconventional gas mining involves vast gas fields that spread over large areas, and typically include thousands of gas wells, roads, pipelines, compressor stations and waste water treatment,” she said.
“The spread of industrial gas fields puts at risk agricultural activities, community health, land values and water resources.”
The Aveley meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday, September 29 at the Aveley Community Centre, 22 Bolero Road, Aveley.
The Muchea meeting will be held at 7pm on Friday, September 30 at the Muchea Hall: 48 Archibald Street, Muchea.