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 […]

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 […]

1 down, 4 to go! Coal Plants Left to Shut in Victoria

Posted on May 13, 2015 in Coal, Latrobe Valley
1 down, 4 to go! Coal Plants Left to Shut in Victoria

by Phil Evans Yesterday was a great day in Victoria for two reasons. One, we finally saw one of Victoria’s aging brown coal fired power plants shut down at Anglesea. And two, we saw that communities, when united, are an unstoppable force and that their will will always prevail. The closing of Anglesea represents a […]

Latrobe Valley town declares itself Coal and Gas Free

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 in Coal, Gas, Latrobe Valley
Latrobe Valley town declares itself Coal and Gas Free

By Flo Dacy-Cole Declaration days tend to represent the most rewarding moments of the Coal and Gas Free Communities movement – a time to celebrate months of achievement, see the palpable results of collaboration and spend a few precious moments alive in the sunshine. Boolarra’s declaration day was no exception to this rule. The day […]

Toxic Hazelwood fires threaten our health

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 in Climate Change, Coal, Gippsland, Latrobe Valley, Politics
Toxic Hazelwood fires threaten our health

by Maude Farrugia of Korumburra, South Gippsland   It’s been over a week now that CFA crews have been battling the 1.3km blaze at Hazelwood coal mine. It’s also been over a week now that the surrounding areas of Southern & Western Gippsland have been blanketed in a fine haze of toxic smoke. And it’s […]

Quit Coal climbs Yallourn: The Longest Power Station Occupation in Australia’s History

Quit Coal climbs Yallourn:  The Longest Power Station Occupation in Australia’s History

On Thursday, two Quit Coal volunteers climbed up one of the cooling towers at Yallourn Power Station. It was a direct challenge to the handouts the Federal Government is giving to the power station and a defiance of the critical infrastructure laws, designed to curtail coal and climate protest. Yallourn The facility is one of […]

We Stopped HRL!!!!

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 in Climate Change, Coal, Latrobe Valley
We Stopped HRL!!!!

We Stopped HRL!!!!! It can be easy to despair when you are campaigning so hard on an issue for so long. Sometimes you can feel like the government just isn’t listening to you and that all your efforts are a bit pointless… but not today! We have been campaigning for over a year against the […]

NO NEW COAL RALLY AND EXERGEN SIT-IN

NO NEW COAL RALLY AND EXERGEN SIT-IN   At midday on Thursday the 28th of June, there was a group of people getting worked up over more than who stole their lunch out of the work fridge. More than 200 people spent their lunchtime on the steps of Parliament house to say that they want […]