Gasfield Free Coomalie: Adelaide River in the heart of the spectacular Daly region recently became the first Territory community to go gasfield free.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe community took part in a grassroots survey by local residents and received an overwhelmingly positive response with 96.5% of residents voting to protect land, water and communities from fracking. The results were announced at a local premiere of the film Frackman at Mt Bundy station on June 21 2015.

Batchelor is the largest township in the wider Coomalie Shire and is the gateway to popular tourist attraction Litchfield National Park and the Douglas Daly hot springs and mighty Daly and Adelaide Rivers.

Most residents living in the Coomalie Shire rely on bore water for drinking and farming operations and are concerned about fracking damaging local water supplies, and risking nature tourism, farming and pastoral operations.

Petroleum Exploration Application 255 covered a large area over the Coomalie region including townships, farms and underground aquifers that feed our large flowing tropical rivers.

Coomalie residents undertook their own gasfield free survey, and used their incredible results to pressure the NT Government to refuse the fracking application in the region.

Bachelor resident and food producer Doug Allsopp has a clear message for the NT Government. “I live rural. Don’t frack with me.”

Bachelor resident and food producer Doug Allsopp has a clear message for the NT Government. “I live rural. Don’t frack with me.”

Adelaide River in the news:

ABC News on the decision to go gasfield free

CAAMA Radio featuring Sandy May on the results of the Adelaide River Gasfield Free survey