On January 25th 2015 over 450 people joined together at Nunns Beach in Portland to create a human sign saying ‘No Gasfields’. The event was organised by an energetic and passionate group called Gasfield Free Glenelg and led by a local citizen, Ebony Yuill.
The Glenelg Shire declared the region an ‘unconventional gasfield-free zone’ on the 29th of August 2014 and the vote was passed unanimously. There are a number of mining companies that hold permits in the area near Warrambool, Casterton and over Portland. If the drilling were to go ahead, it would be a threat to the water table across the Otway Basin. However this strong group of people won’t be letting that happen on their watch and this event was another way for them to show that.
The weather was windy and rainy but that didn’t stop so many children, adults, dogs, and even a parrot coming out on the Sunday. Once people started forming the letters Mother Nature turned on the sunshine in support. There were local musicians playing, a BBQ and lots of fantastic signs. The energy surrounding the group and event was incredible, with lots of people laughing and standing strong together.
The region is filled with prime farmland, pristine beaches and native forests that are too precious to lose. Many people that were at the human sign had travelled far from surrounding areas including South Australia to take part and do all that they can to say no to this threat.