We are committed to supporting our primary producers
A Marshall Liberal Government will protect the underground water resources of the Limestone Coast to ensure existing industries and employment can continue to grow by imposing a 10-year moratorium on any exploration for or development of unconventional gas in the Limestone Coast region.
This moratorium on what is commonly referred to as ‘fracking’ recognises the area’s unique strengths in agriculture and tourism and the need to maintain and enhance its economic importance and reputation.
With the dependence of many local businesses on regional and local groundwater resources, they should not be exposed to uncertainty about the quality of their water supply from an industry that is not yet established in the area and may not be viable on the Limestone Coast.
If unconventional gas producers want to come into the region, they need to prove first that they can explore and produce without any adverse impacts to existing industries.
That’s why we will act to give our primary producers on the Limestone Coast certainty by imposing a 10-year moratorium on fracking.