19 April 2016
Her father took his own life – now gasfield fight has come to Darwin
** Press conference on the steps of NT Parliament at 9:30am this morning
** Harsh truths on the dangers of unconventional gasfields exposed by those who have lived the reality
** NT Parliamentary debate set down for today through Matter of Public Importance for Territorians
Helen Bender of the QLD Darling Downs will speak in a Press Conference this morning about the loss of her father George Bender, who took his life after 10 years of harassment by unconventional gas companies in QLD, and after Origin Energy gave him just 30 days to give up his property for a gasfield development.
Helen has just spent the last five days across the Top End and Katherine region, meeting hundreds of Territorians to aid their fight against as gasfield invasion like the one that has taken place across QLD.
Helen will be joined on the steps of NT Parliament this morning by USA cattle rancher John Fenton. His devastating gasfield experience left his family with their drinking water supply contaminated and unable to run the stock numbers needed for a viable business, due to water shortages.
WHAT: Press Conference with Helen Bender and John Fenton
WHEN: 9:30am Tuesday 19 April
WHERE: Steps of Northern Territory Parliament
“I learned the hard way of the heavy toll that unconventional gasfields have on families and landholders,” said Helen Bender.
“I can’t ever get my father back, but I can ensure that his legacy is one that continues to fight for landholders rights and the protection of land and water against greedy gas companies,” she said.
In the face of growing evidence of harm from fracking gasfields, the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory will today debate a Matter of Public Importance on the matter.
The MPI has been raised by Independent MLA Delia Lawie, calling on Parliament to allow for Territorians to have a greater say on whether fracking for unconventional shale gas goes ahead.