The Marshall Liberal Government has listened to the people, supporting the introduction of legislation to ban hydraulic fracking in the South East.
Member for MacKillop Nick McBride said it was a great result for the electorate, with the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy (Ban on Hydraulic Fracking) Amendment Bill 2018 being supported by the government today in the Lower House of Parliament after its introduction by the Independent Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell MP.
It completes the first step in legislating a ban on fracking for the South East.
Mr McBride said the result was testament to a government that continues to listen to its constituents.
“I joined this team to make a difference to the region and I am very pleased to have worked through the Government to deliver this outcome,” Mr McBride said.
“I have been working with the community and advocating to government to see the bill passed, I have been listening to landholders, business, residents, organisations and interest groups who have expressed their desire to see the government’s election promise for a 10 year moratorium enshrined in legislation.”
Mr McBride explained that these groups want assurance that the groundwater resources of the region and associated valuable farming lands are protected, particularly against the risks related to hydraulic fracturing, as they want to see that legislated.
“I have been steadfast in my support of the community’s views on this matter in the party room, and am pleased to say that the party room has listened,” he said. “This result is a testament to the power of being part of the Marshall Liberal Government and the broader Liberal Party. “
Member for Mount Gambier Mr Bell introduced the legislation into Parliament, with Mr McBride saying it had been great to work with Mr Bell in a collaborative way to bring about this result for the South East.
Mr McBride said it was important to note that a legislated ban on hydraulic fracking does not interfere with conventional gas exploration and extraction, with this being an ongoing industry within the MacKillop electorate.
“I will continue to support the operation of conventional gas industries in the South East, as there has to be a balance struck with the mining Industry on this matter.”