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Protests against Woodside and Chevron are just getting started: Activists

20 Jan 2020 4:10 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

THE summer bushfires have done nothing but stoke the flames of activist and environmental groups Extinction Rebellion, Lock the Gate Alliance, The Socialist Alternative, and Frack Free WA, with campaigners vowing to continue to oppose oil and gas majors Chevron and Woodside in Western Australia.

This afternoon a large number of activists blocked off entrances to the QV1 building which houses Chevron and ConocoPhillips in Perth's business district.

The activist groups, dressed as Grim Reapers with scythes and Chevron badges locked down QV1 for approximately one hour before police intervened.

A spokesperson from Extinction Rebellion told Energy News Chevron and Woodside were in "lock step… marching WA off the climate cliff edge."

More than 20 protesters were issued move on notices.

It comes after Woodside was targeted by protesters at the opening of the Perth Fringeworld Festival on Thursday.

Activists took over the stage at the formal opening of Fringe, one of the largest arts festivals in Australia, calling on the festival to dump Woodside as a major sponsor of the event.

The charity which runs Fringeworld, Artrage, said in its last annual report that corporate sponsorship of Fringe was worth A$6 million per annum.

Woodside has been a principle sponsor of the festival since 2012 and last year signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with Artrage which will finish in 2021.

Under the agreement Woodside was granted naming rights for The Woodside Pleasure Garden.

In a statement provided to Energy News today, Artrage CEO Sharon Burgess said the charity was not going to dump Woodside as a sponsor, saying without corporate sponsorship it would not be able to "present an annual platform for artists to perform and for the community to enjoy."

"Alongside supporting the Festival overall, the partnership with Woodside enables us to deliver a number of artist support initiatives together including regional touring of artists, the review platform, the Woodside Homegrown Heroes program that shines a light on our local artists and of course The Woodside Pleasure Garden, which is our biggest and best Fringe Hub," Burgess said.

Source: Energy News Bulletin

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