Pilliga Rising documentary to be screened in Moree

Photo: Mark Pearce

Photo: Mark Pearce

A film highlighting the human impacts of Santos' proposed coal seam gas project in the Pilliga Forest will be aired at a free screening in Moree next week.

Pilliga Rising is a 40-minute documentary, developed by the Wilderness Society and Balangara Films, which follows four community members from across the North West - a salt-of-the-earth farmer, a crafty business owner, a young Indigenous multimedia artist and an experienced citizen scientist - who are speaking out against the Santos Narrabri Gas Project and its proposal to drill 850 gas wells across 95,000 hectares of Pilliga bush and farmland.

The documentary, directed by Mark Pearce, has been touring the region since February this year, however this will be the first time it will be shown in Moree.

Moree Aboriginal elder and Lock the Gate member Jacqueline Cain encourages the whole community to come along for this free screening.

"We're trying to encourage as many Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, especially farmers, to come along," she said.

"It goes for 40 minutes and then there'll be a discussion afterwards, providing updates on the latest developments with CSG mining."

The screening will be held at Moree Services Club at 6pm on Thursday, July 18. Entry is free, however donations are welcome.