AT GROUND LEVEL: Xavier Rudd performing at Bentley this week in support of Lock the Gate.
AT GROUND LEVEL: Xavier Rudd performing at Bentley this week in support of Lock the Gate. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Don't frack with Xavier Rudd

THE anti-gas movement blocking the access to a private property at Bentley may get a soundtrack to sing to at dawn.

Singer-songwriters Xavier Rudd and Bobby Alu made their first visit to the Bentley blockade site last Monday.

Xavier Rudd has been involved in environmental campaigns around Australia in the past, and it was no surprise he visited Bentley.

Action against a testing drilling site at Doubtful Creek (near Kyogle) early last year also attracted Rudd's attention.

"It was very empowering what we did out there; this is a continuation of that," he said.

The singer said his visit was "to support the people on the ground out there. People are giving their lives basically for the protection of country. They need to feel supported and know that we've got their backs".

Rudd wishes a broader community would get access to "information of what is happening here".

"The bigger challenge is to make the information available of what's going on to a broader community, people living outside this area," he said.

"(Fracking) is such a massive threat and is such a dirty industry. It's bizarre that it gets approved. If this issue continues, it would be great to find a way to make some bigger noise rather than just at a local level," Rudd said.

"I've got a few ideas about that with my new album coming out next year."

When asked if he is planning to write one or more songs about the issue, he laughed and said "yes".

"It's going to be an album with a pretty big band, different to my last record. It's definitely going to be music for country and for culture."

Xavier Rudd is now in Dubai performing with Joss Stone. He will then embark on an international tour through Japan and the US with Ash Grunwald.



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