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 […]

Why Sunday is So Important

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 in Gas, Gippsland, Melbourne, Politics, Solidarity, Western Victoria
Why Sunday is So Important

Victorians have resisted the fracking and unconventional gas industry for years now, and we’re oh so close to properly locking the gate against this toxic industry. The state government is set to make a decision about the future of unconventional gas at the end of this year, following their year-long inquiry. People from across the board have […]

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 […]

“It’s a marathon fight”: Mirboo North battles against coal

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 in Coal, Gas, Gippsland, Solidarity
“It’s a marathon fight”: Mirboo North battles against coal

by Catherine Hearse By now most of us are familiar with the little South Gippsland town of Mirboo North (population 2688 or thereabouts).  We know the name because it has been under siege by the threat of mining and unconventional gas for years.  A huge number of local people opposed Mantle Mining’s coal licence application […]

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 […]

Unconventional Gas Inquiry Submission Tip Sheet – 48 hours to go

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 in Climate Change, Gas, Politics
Unconventional Gas Inquiry Submission Tip Sheet – 48 hours to go

In February 1986 Swedish glam metal group Europe unleashed their magnum opus ‘The Final Countdown’ on the world’s airwaves. The song and its accompanying video shot to number one in 26 countries and sent two clear messages to its listeners: there’s great aesthetic value in well-permed hair, and heeding deadlines is fundamental to success. Quit […]

From the Quit Coal bookshelf – Deborah Hart’s Guarding Eden: Champions of Climate Action

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 in Climate Change, Coal, Gas, Politics, Solidarity
From the Quit Coal bookshelf – Deborah Hart’s Guarding Eden: Champions of Climate Action

On June 4th, Deborah Hart a Melbourne based activist and member of Quit Coal launched her new book Guarding Eden at Readings in Carlton. It is a unique read that gives an insight into what drives people to give their time, money and sometimes their personal safely and health to challenge the causes of climate […]

Will Mantle Mining back down again?

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 in Climate Change, Coal, Gas, Gippsland, Solidarity
Will Mantle Mining back down again?

Anger from the local Victorian community of Mirboo North was expressed last week over the granting to Mantle Mining of three new coal exploration licenses that surround the town – a town in which 96.7% of residents have declared themselves “Coal and Gas Free”. It is likely that if they proceed, these projects would be […]