Tomorrow we are all locals
Story & photo Eve Jeffery
To borrow a line from Dayne Pratzky – If you breathe air, if you drink water and if you eat food you are a local.
This is a very special ‘Friday’s 4 the locals’ because we are all local. We are local to our street, to our town, and to our country, and when it comes to the fight against coal seam gas, we are ALL local.
Look at any close-knit community and you will see the support of locals, and tomorrow we need to show our support for the people at ground zero in the gaslands of Australia.
These people feel forgotten, they have lost all hope and they watch daily as their friends, family and especially their children either leave town or get sicker by degrees.
Tomorrow some of Australia’s best performers will put their music where their mouth is. Dayne Pratzky is holding a party at his place, smack bang in the middle of the Kenya Gasfield.
A Concert in the Gaslands will be staged in the Surat Basin in central Queensland to show support to the people of the area and to highlight the devastation being visited upon them.
Bluesman Ash Grunwald will headline the event. Ash has spoken out about the issue and is loud and proud in his personal fight against CSG.
A late and welcome arrival to Dayne’s party stage is Scott Owen from the Living End. He and Ash will rock your socks.
The other awesome acts are Kevin Borich, Dogtrumpet, Diana Anaid, The Round Mountain Girls, Davy Bob Ramsey, Rhett Brambleby, Sound from Earth, Will Watson, Luke Vassella, Paul Robert Burton, and Connor Cleary, plus a contingent of choirs including the Mullumbimby Choir and the Winsome Gospel Choir. The comedians and hosts for the concert are Steady Eddy, Alan Glover and S Sorrensen.
Speakers include Drew Hutton, president of Lock the Gate; Gordon Fraser Quick, head of the Stop CSG Party; Jeremy Buckingham of The Greens; Jarmbi’je Githabul, Aboriginal activist; Dayne Pratzky, The Frackman; and Peter Stackhouse and Don Durrant, farmers from the successful Doubtful Creek campaign.
There will be messages of support coming in through the day and played on a large digital screen from Bob Brown, Jack Thompson, Doc Neeson, John Williamson, Xavier Rudd, (skyping in from the US), John Butler, Leo Sayer, Mia Dyson, Mic Conway, The Re-Mains (skyping in from Spain) and Andrea Soler (skyping in from Germany) plus many more to be announced.
Don’t miss Dayne’s party.
A CONCERT IN THE GASLANDS
12 noon–10pm Saturday July 13.
Old Tara Road, Wiembilla. Halfway between Tara and Chinchilla, Kenya Gasfield, Surat Basin Gaslands, Central Western Queensland.
For those who can’t make it to Dayne’s Party, Echonetdaily plans to have live updates on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/echonetdaily.