As LP readers know, FAQ Research has partnered with Crikey to produce Coal Seam Gas: Behind the Seams, a major investigative media project shining the spotlight on the Queensland election campaign’s hot issue.
We have already made one field trip to the Western Downs, interviewing, photographing and writing about farmers, communities, politicians, Indigenous people and ‘Blockies’ affected by coal seam gas extraction on traditionally rural and residential land.
A snapshot of our content is here. Post-production of video interviews continues, and they will be available progressively on our YouTube channel and featured in Crikey stories and on our blog The Wellhead. You can see photo essays of the Western Downs here.
The field trip was an incredibly rich experience, allowing us to gain deep insight into the stories of ordinary people, as well as better conceptualise the social and community impacts of coal seam gas. We would like to go again!
The mainstream media has not told the real stories of lived experience on the Western Downs, as communities grapple with the incredible speed of coal seam gas development. Please support our fundraiser to relay these stories to a broader audience, and to impact on the future sustainability of the human and social environment in a lovely part of Queensland country.
What We Need & What You Get
We need to fund our previous field trip and another one, scheduled for next week. If we can’t raise the funds, we can’t go. Costs are significant, including accommodation, car, petrol, professional photography and fim-making. Crikey is helping with resources and in kind support, but we need to rely on our readers’ generosity and enthusiasm to support our field reporting.
If we exceed our fundraising target, all funds raised will go towards continuing the investigative project beyond March 24.
Our fundraiser page is here. Donations can be made via PayPal or credit/debit card.