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 […]

Former pro coal minister and Lakes Oil adviser spruiks onshore gas

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 in Coal, Gas, Gippsland, Latrobe Valley, Western Victoria
Former pro coal minister and Lakes Oil adviser spruiks onshore gas

Today retired politician Theo Theophanous weighed in on the pending Victorian onshore gas decision. Not surprisingly, Mr Theophanous is very keen to see onshore gas in Victoria, as he is now a political advisor to Lakes Oil, a company that has several petroleum exploration licences across the state and has already fracked several wells in Gippsland. Mr Theophanous, […]

Committee Divided, Community United

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 in Gas, Gippsland, Latrobe Valley, Melbourne
Committee Divided, Community United

Yesterday, the final report from the unconventional gas inquiry was tabled in parliament.  The bad news is that there was no unanimous recommendation.  The good news is that nobody even considered allowing the industry to go ahead immediately.  There were four minority reports.  The Coalition pre empted the outcome of the inquiry and in mid […]

Communities welcome Coalition’s strong position on unconventional gas, still want total ban

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 in Gas, Gippsland, Melbourne, Politics, Western Victoria
Communities welcome Coalition’s strong position on unconventional gas, still want total ban

Communities across the state welcomed today’s announcement by the Coalition that they are strengthening their position on unconventional gas mining to a 5 year moratorium. The new position, an improvement on the one held when they were in government is a good step in the right direction, but rural communities are still disappointed that this […]

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 […]