'Lock the Gate' gathers momentum

MORE than 30 people showed their support for a movement against "fracking" in the SE at the Senior Citizens Clubrooms in Naracoorte last Thursday.

Organised by local Heather Heggie, attendees found out more about the Limestone Coast Strike Out Alliance and the "Lock the Gate" initiative.

They watched a short film and listened to several speakers before a question and answer time.

Coonawarra's Dennis Vice, Mount Gambier's Sue Westgarth, Kingston's Pip Rasenberg and Kybybolite's Huck Shepherd all addressed the crowd.

They encouraged people to research the scientific evidence and get behind the movement.

"Lock the Gate" signs were handed out to put on the gates and fences of properties to stop energy companies making a move.

The theory is that the more signs put up in a community, the more deterred the big organisations will be to set foot on that land.

The issue has come into the spotlight after Beach Energy started gas exploration near Penola earlier this year.

The movie night followed a public protest rally on the steps of the Naracoorte Town Hall in early February, which drew a crowd of nearly 100 protesters.

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