Thursday, June 12, 2014

fractured country screening and paul robert burton concert

The new Lock the Gate documentary ‘Fractured Country’ will be shown for the first time in Boonah at 6.30pm on Friday 13 June at Unit 7 at the Outlook. 

This ground breaking documentary gives the first clear, compelling, factual overview about the impacts of coal seam gas (CSG) mining and coal mining on Australian communities, particularly rural and regional communities, farmers and our natural environment. 

It features the stories of people whose lives have been changed forever by CSG mining on their land as well as highlights the groundswell of grassroots community action to stop the industry from ruining lives and communities across Australia.

The film will be shown within a concert by professional musician Paul Robert Burton.

Paul performs a highly eclectic solo repertoire of originals and unusual traditional musical pieces that blend together blues, Celtic, gypsy, Middle Eastern, gospel, bluegrass, swing, jazz and folk-rock influences together into an evocative musical soundscape. He combines rich vocals, traditional acoustic instruments and modern technology to perform music as the universal language of unity.

Paul said, “Over the past three years I have been travelling to communities affected by corporate mining and industry and using my music to inspire, connect and empower people and communities.

“I have also been promoting local solutions: local enterprise, local food and local economy; health and well-being; resource self-sufficiency and resilience; return to nature; and voluntary simplicity in ways that support Gandhi’s focus of ‘being the change you want to see in the world’.

“I work closely with the Lock the Gate Alliance and “Fractured Country” filmmaker David Lowe and have met and stood alongside many of the people and communities featured in the film.

“My music and stories from these communities will inspire and support the people of the Scenic Rim to continue their vigilance to protect this amazing region from mining and industrialisation,” Paul said.

Lock The Gate Alliance is a national coalition of community groups from across Australia who are uniting to protect our common heritage - our land, water and future - from reckless coal and gas expansions. In a David-and-Goliath struggle of farmers against mining giants, everyday citizens against global corporations, these communities are choosing grace under fire and displaying incredible courage, integrity and imagination.

The ‘Fractured Country’ film and concert will be held at Unit 7 at the Outlook at 6.30pm on Friday June 13. Entry is by a suggested donation of $10 (children are free), and will include light refreshments, but feel free to bring a plate to share.  For further information or to book your seats call Julie Jackson on 0435 992 798 or email 

This event is supported by the Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire Ethos Foundation:, Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic: and Lock the Gate Alliance:

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