FRACK OFF: festival to protesting AGL's Gloucester operations

A PROTEST festival starting on September 12 is being planned in response to the approval of AGL’s plans to frack four coal seam gas wells in Gloucester.

Opponents of AGL's coal seam gas operations in Gloucester at one of the company's well sites on Fairbairns Lane earlier this month.

Opponents of AGL's coal seam gas operations in Gloucester at one of the company's well sites on Fairbairns Lane earlier this month.

A new Facebook group, ‘Concerned Humans of the World’ is hosting the event, 'Frack Off', which it is calling a free peaceful protest-festival against the fracking and possible contamination of waterways in the Manning and Myall River catchment areas.

The group is urging people to make donations towards the “long term fight against similar destructive ventures in this area and abroad”.

The two-day event will include free camping, live music and topical speakers.

Tickets are reportedly available from the protest information desk, at the rest area opposite Gloucester Golf Course, or by request on the Concerned Humans of the World page.

Already more than 300 people have indicated they will be attending the event.

Meanwhile, a second Facebook group calling itself the ‘Gloucester Protection Camp’ has attracted some 600 likes.

Set up on August 24 the group’s Facebook page is urging people from the State to “come and join the Gloucester Protection Camp and take peaceful action against AGL”.

They have encouraged people to use the hash-tag #protectgloucester to support their cause.

The group says free camping is available and that “local farmers, tourism business operators and supports need your support - can you come take part?”

- The original version of this story indicated the 'Frack Off' festival would be held at The Steps. The festival will not be held at The Steps. The Advocate apologises to the manager of The Steps for any inconvenience caused.

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