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 […]

Victorian unconventional gas inquiry launched, Nats vote down expanded terms

Posted on May 28, 2015 in Climate Change, Gas, Politics
Victorian unconventional gas inquiry launched, Nats vote down expanded terms

The long-awaited Victorian inquiry into unconventional gas has finally cranked into gear, after the state government released its terms of reference on 7 May 2015.  The announcement of the terms of reference sparked some political controversy over its breadth, or perceived lack thereof.  The Greens, with the ALP’s support, sought to extend the enquiry by […]

#FriendofFoE – make your voice heard!

Posted on May 20, 2015 in Climate Change, Politics, Solidarity
#FriendofFoE – make your voice heard!

Environmental organisations alerting Australians to the basic facts – that a safe climate and healthy environment are the foundations on which our life is founded – are under threat by the Abbott government.  Friends of the Earth, Quit Coal’s mother ship, has been specifically targeted by the current government’s campaign to strip environmental organisations of […]

Election Results

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 in Climate Change, Coal, Gas, Politics
Election Results

Well, Labor won. It’s not exactly a surprise, and it’s more or less a positive thing (from Quit Coal’s point of view) but there are a few interesting things that it’s worth thinking about: two factoids, the upsides, and the Upper House result. There are two factoids about this election that everyone is repeating. First, […]

The people of Meerlieu say it with Utes.

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 in Gas, Gippsland, Politics
The people of Meerlieu say it with Utes.

In the struggle to stop mining and the government from ruining their land, health and livelihoods, the people of Meerlieu and surrounds could have found no better vehicle for expression than the iconic farmers’ ute. It symbolizes the toughness of farm work and the versatility and range of the rural lifestyle, and reminds us that […]

Community disappointed over consultations

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 in Events, Gas, Gippsland, Politics, Western Victoria
Community disappointed over consultations

Over a year after promising to conduct consultations with communities affected by unconventional gas mining, the State Government recently held 16 ‘open days’ across rural Victoria. Community consultation is an essential and welcome process, which should have been undertaken long ago, before the allocation of gas mining licences on Victorian land. But communities have found […]

A win for Seaspray and Victoria!

Posted on May 30, 2014 in Gas, Gippsland, Politics, Uncategorized, Western Victoria
A win for Seaspray and Victoria!

By Katherine Smyrk You could almost hear the sigh of relief all the way from Gippsland on Wednesday, as residents from Seaspray discovered they would not have to set up a blockade in order to protect their town. Energy Minister Russell Northe had announced that all unconventional gas drilling licenses in Victoria would be suspended […]

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 […]