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:                          

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 […]

ANZ, Quit Coal and the Climate Warriors

ANZ, Quit Coal and the Climate Warriors

On Wednesday 22nd October, a group of around 80 people, including a number of Quit Coalers, occupied the ANZ headquarters in Docklands, Melbourne, calling on the bank to divest from fossil fuels. The action was one of a number of events across the country held in solidarity with the Pacific Islands, which are at the […]

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 […]

Seaspray residents defy proposed Summary Offences laws & pledge direct action

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 in Gas, Gippsland, Non-Violent Direct Action, Politics
Seaspray residents defy proposed Summary Offences laws & pledge direct action

In a show of determination and courage, residents of Seaspray have taken a pledge to “do whatever it takes to protect [the] water, soil and air, even if it means taking part in peaceful direct action and risking arrest”. Residents took the pledge near the site of the Wombat 5 drill site which Lakes Oil, […]

Quit Coal Opposes Victorian Anti-Protest Laws

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 in Non-Violent Direct Action, Politics, Solidarity
Quit Coal Opposes Victorian Anti-Protest Laws

by Phil Evans Next week Victoria takes another step towards becoming a police state, by rushing new anti-protest laws through parliament. What, you may ask, has this got to do with coal and the fossil fuel industry? The answer is: A LOT. Quit Coal has been at the forefront of the use of non-violent direct action […]

Maules Creek Act Up 2013

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 in Coal, Non-Violent Direct Action, Solidarity
Maules Creek Act Up 2013

By Phil Evans In 2011 a small NSW community taking on the expansion of Whitehaven’s and Idemitsu’s coal mines into the Leard State Forest – known for its Koala and Masked Owl habitats – set up a camp to protest the moves. Since then, Jonothan Moylan’s release of an email highlighting ANZ’s involvement in the […]

Gas drilling in Yarragon

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 in Gas, Gippsland, Non-Violent Direct Action
Gas drilling in Yarragon

By Katherine Smyrk When a local Yarragon man was offered $500 by a gas company for the right to drill on his property, he was probably not expecting this. Dismayed at the sight of drill rigs rolling through town, a group of residents decided to go down and give them him a piece of their […]

Get off the coal train and on track with renewables, Denis!

Get off the coal train and on track with renewables, Denis!

by Livia Cullen When Napthine stepped up to the plate after Baillieu’s swift and teary departure, we saw a glimmer of hope for a state that seemed doomed to a future shadowed by mountains of dirty coal. After all, Napthine’s electorate houses the biggest wind farm in the state and numerous times he has publicly lauded the […]