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Mayor supports industry in anti-CSG documentary

FRACKMAN: The documentary about Dayne Partsky’s experiences with and campaign opposing coal seam gas mining will be shown at the Gladstone Cinemas this month.
FRACKMAN: The documentary about Dayne Partsky’s experiences with and campaign opposing coal seam gas mining will be shown at the Gladstone Cinemas this month.

OUR Mayor earned a spot in an anti-coal seam gas documentary because she was happy to talk 'pro-industry' on the record.

Frackman The Movie tells the story of accidental activist Dayne Pratzky and his struggle against international gas companies. Mr Pratzky said he approached several coal seam gas industries for comment, but they all declined.

"Gail (Sellers) was willing to back up her word, which was so rare for the CSG industry. No one would go on the record about being pro-industry," Mr Pratzky said.

Coal Free Widebay Burnett president Vicki Perrin first heard of the film three years ago.

She along with Lock the Gate Alliance will host a screening at the Gladstone Cinemas.

"Opening up the dialogue is the first step of making a change. We want people to earn good money and have good jobs but there's something missing.

"People of Gladstone have experienced pollution for a long time.

"My biggest reason for doing this is because my job in the mines was to monitor the employee's exposure to dust and coal, but there are no exposure standards for communities," Ms Perrin said.

The film will screen in Gladstone on April 22 at the Gladstone Cinema. Cinema general manager Mel Noe said it was a good opportunity to screen an independent film.

"This will be our second independent film. Our first was a New Zealand film Blackfish and that went really well," she said. "If the independent movies continue to go well we can look at screening them more often, and other less mainstream films," she said. Tickets can be purchased at frackmanthemovie.com/screenings.

Topics:  documentary, frackman, gail sellers, industry



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