Inflating Gas Prices – A Whole lot of Hot Air

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 in Climate Change, Gas, Melbourne, Politics, Uncategorized
Inflating Gas Prices – A Whole lot of Hot Air

Since the Victorian Labor Government announced an onshore Gas Ban we’ve been hearing a lot of hot air from the industry about gas shortages and threatened price rises. But what’s really behind the industry hype and what are the facts on gas prices and availability? Despite evidence to the contrary Andrew Smith, chairman of Shell Australia, […]

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 […]

Shenhua Coal Mine Update: Liverpool Plains Harvest Festival 2015

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 in Climate Change, Coal, Melbourne, Politics, Solidarity
Shenhua Coal Mine Update: Liverpool Plains Harvest Festival 2015

A sunny weekend in November saw Australia’s most progressive festival take place in the heart of the Nationals conservative stronghold. Over 600 people from all over Australia came together to voice their support for the local communities of the Liverpool Plains and their opposition to the planned Shenhua Watermark coal project. Farmers that have been voting conservatively their […]

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 […]

The Bliss of Ignorance

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 in Climate Change, Coal, Politics, Solidarity
The Bliss of Ignorance

Watch the beautiful and moving free documentary The Bliss of Ignorance about South Africa’s coal industry, and the terrible impact it has on human health.  Featuring stunning cinematography and heartbreaking stories, this new film is not to be missed.   The Bliss Of Ignorance from Simon Waller on Vimeo. facebook.com/TheBlissOfIgnorance Through first-hand testimony The Bliss […]

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 […]