Knitting Nannas miss out on pressing the Premier

The Knitting Nannas Against Gas group attempted to present Premier Colin Barnett with a special gift from the people of the South West the day before the state goes to the polls.

The gift was a photograph taken by a drone of 300 South West residents who came together on February 26 to spell out a special Gasfield Free WA message for Mr Barnett.

Unfortunately, the Nannas did not manage to meet the Premier before his last-minute sojourn through the region.

They did, however, manage to leave the gift at his electorate office.

Spokesperson for the Nannas Ellen Poole said the gift was an example of the local community’s opposition to the perceived threat of unconventional gas mining.

“We hope that this gift from the south west can act as a permanent reminder to Mr Barnett or his successor that we the people demand the protection of our land and water from the fracking industry and other forms of unconventional gas,” Ms Poole said.

“We had thought about knitting Mr Barnett a special gasfield free scarf but decided yellow was not his colour so opted to present the photograph instead.”

Ms Poole said the group was looking forward to meeting the Premier, some even hoping to take a selfie with him.

“But we have seen Mr Barnett fleeing from  a Pauline Hanson lookalike on the TV and looking awkward with a giant cockatoo so we are not sure how he will react to a gaggle of Nannas.”

Ms Poole said the group wanted an elected State government to pass legislation banning fracking in the same style as Victoria, instead of providing piecemeal concessions.

“The people of the South West want a concrete decision made, not constant bickering and promises to individual areas,” she said.