Gasfield-free Vic Party!

Gasfield-free Vic Party!

Biiiig congratulations to everyone involved in the Coal & Gas Free Victoria/Lock the Gate campaign!  Since the government has decided (after a huge, amazing, inclusive grassroots campaign) to ban fracking & unconventional gas in Victoria, we’re having a celebration and you’re invited! When: Friday 11 November 2016 Where: The Purple Emerald, 349 High St, Northcote […]

No Announcement Yet Disappointment meets Resolve

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 in Events, Gas, Gippsland, Melbourne, Politics, Uncategorized
No Announcement Yet Disappointment meets Resolve

Across the state and in the capital we organised, painted and gathered together. We were positive, but reserved, anticipating a total ban but preparing for something less beneficial. Farmers, who have held out for years, campaigning and developing imaginative protests, were looking for a prospect of relief, hoping their hard work had paid off, ending […]

Our Year in Yellow

Our Year in Yellow

May your 2016 prove successful in the fight to keep onshore gas out of Victoria and replace polluting fossil fuels with renewables. Here are just a few memories to share of the year that was:                          

We Declared Victoria Gasfield Free

We Declared Victoria Gasfield Free

Country folk and city dwellers, young and the old: last Sunday the 20th of September, more than one thousand Victorians united to declare that fracking and gasfields will never be welcome on Victorian soil. Joyfully and defiantly, the crowd made it clear that they were not waiting around for the government to get off the […]

Unconventional Gas Inquiry Interim report confirms the issue is ‘white hot’

Unconventional Gas Inquiry Interim report confirms the issue is ‘white hot’

Yesterday the interim report from the ‪Victorian Unconventional Gas Inquiry was released. The Inquiry will inform the government’s decision whether fracking and unconventional gas mining is allowed to begin in Victoria. The report received 1717 submissions, “likely to be the largest number of submissions ever received by a Victorian Parliamentary committee.”  Well done to everyone […]

Ursula Alquier reveals the shocking damage of unconventional gas to the the Victorian government inquiry

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 in Events, Gas, Gippsland, Politics, Uncategorized
Ursula Alquier reveals the shocking damage of unconventional gas to the the Victorian government inquiry

I first heard about coal seam gas 4 years ago when some locals in the small South Gippsland town of Poowong where my mum lives heard that there was a licence to explore over their community. Before it became my job, I worked as a volunteer to learn and raise awareness about the massive area […]

Notes From the South Side

Notes From the South Side

After the recent Frackman screenings in Melbourne enthusiastic viewers formed two city-based Lock the Gate groups, one in Collingwood and one on the South Side of the Yarra. The South side group has been meeting in Windsor, at the Tyranny of Distance café, where the yellow Lock the Gate signs stand out stylishly against the […]

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 […]

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 […]