Beyond Coal and Gas: Protecting our heritage, embracing the future

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 in Climate Change, Coal, Events, Gas
Beyond Coal and Gas: Protecting our heritage, embracing the future

There is an amazing feeling that comes when a gathering of people from around the nation come together for a common cause. The ‘Beyond Coal and Gas’ summit sought to bring people from the many corners of Australia (and New Zealand and Singapore!) to unite them as part of the powerful social movement against the […]

The people of Meerlieu say it with Utes.

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 in Gas, Gippsland, Politics
The people of Meerlieu say it with Utes.

In the struggle to stop mining and the government from ruining their land, health and livelihoods, the people of Meerlieu and surrounds could have found no better vehicle for expression than the iconic farmers’ ute. It symbolizes the toughness of farm work and the versatility and range of the rural lifestyle, and reminds us that […]

Glenelg Council votes to be Gasfield free

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 in Gas, Western Victoria
Glenelg Council votes to be Gasfield free

Glenelg Shire will stay an unconventional gasfield free zone if Glenelg Shire Council gets its way. Councillors have unanimously supported a motion, moved by Cr John Northcott, at last night’s August Council Meeting. In front of an overflowing public gallery at the Portland Council Chambers, Cr Northcott said Council could not risk the future of […]

Community disappointed over consultations

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 in Events, Gas, Gippsland, Politics, Western Victoria
Community disappointed over consultations

Over a year after promising to conduct consultations with communities affected by unconventional gas mining, the State Government recently held 16 ‘open days’ across rural Victoria. Community consultation is an essential and welcome process, which should have been undertaken long ago, before the allocation of gas mining licences on Victorian land. But communities have found […]

Farmland not Gaslands – a film

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 in Events, Gas, Gippsland, Western Victoria
Farmland not Gaslands – a film

The last two years have been incredible and frightening. People all across Victoria discovered that their fertile farmland, communities and natural areas were blanketed with licences for unconventional gas. But in that time, those communities have banded together to create a state-wide movement to protect their land, water, health and future. And now there’s a […]

Quit Coal goes to Seaspray

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 in Gas, Gippsland, Solidarity, Uncategorized
Quit Coal goes to Seaspray

Last weekend, members of Quit Coal made the trip to the lovely beach-town of Seaspray: home of 90 Mile Beach and numerous pending fracking licenses. The community of Seaspray have faced fracking before, in the mid 2000s. And they have been on their toes ever since mid-2013, when gas company Lakes Oil made clear their […]

Government finally consults the community

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 in Events, Gas, Gippsland, Uncategorized, Western Victoria
Government finally consults the community

The State Government has been promising to consult communities about unconventional gas mining since early 2013, when Nick Kotsiras was Minister for Energy and Resources. Over a year later, the first few community consultations have finally happened! When the doors of the Warragul Exhibition Hall opened at  2 o’clock, there were at least 40 people […]

A win for Seaspray and Victoria!

Posted on May 30, 2014 in Gas, Gippsland, Politics, Uncategorized, Western Victoria
A win for Seaspray and Victoria!

By Katherine Smyrk You could almost hear the sigh of relief all the way from Gippsland on Wednesday, as residents from Seaspray discovered they would not have to set up a blockade in order to protect their town. Energy Minister Russell Northe had announced that all unconventional gas drilling licenses in Victoria would be suspended […]

Seaspray, the story so far

Seaspray, the story so far

The community of Seaspray have known for some time that they might need to risk arrest in order to protect their community, they just didn’t know when. That time may be about to arrive. Since Christmas, the community has been waiting to hear whether or not Energy Minister Russell Northe will approve Lakes Oil’s application to […]