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 […]

The Victorian Treasurer’s confusion

Posted on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized
The Victorian Treasurer’s confusion

The Victorian government went to last year’s state election with a reserved stance on unconventional gas mining, committing to keeping the current moratorium in place while they conducted a parliamentary enquiry. Since then, Minister for Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio, has said the moratorium will “remain in place until the science shows that it is […]

Quit Coal goes to Seaspray

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 in Gas, Gippsland, Solidarity, Uncategorized
Quit Coal goes to Seaspray

Last weekend, members of Quit Coal made the trip to the lovely beach-town of Seaspray: home of 90 Mile Beach and numerous pending fracking licenses. The community of Seaspray have faced fracking before, in the mid 2000s. And they have been on their toes ever since mid-2013, when gas company Lakes Oil made clear their […]

Government finally consults the community

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 in Events, Gas, Gippsland, Uncategorized, Western Victoria
Government finally consults the community

The State Government has been promising to consult communities about unconventional gas mining since early 2013, when Nick Kotsiras was Minister for Energy and Resources. Over a year later, the first few community consultations have finally happened! When the doors of the Warragul Exhibition Hall opened at  2 o’clock, there were at least 40 people […]

Why Community Consultation is so important.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 in Uncategorized
Why Community Consultation is so important.

“Community Consultation” is a slippery term. And yet, when the NSW government suspended Metgasco’s CSG drilling license in Bentley, they cited a lack of community consultation as one of the driving factors. And now the Victorian government has suspended all unconventional gas drilling licenses until 2015, when they will have completed a community consultation process. […]

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 […]

Mirboo North – a Triumph of Community

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 in Climate Change, Coal, Events, Gas, Gippsland, Uncategorized
Mirboo North –  a Triumph of Community

By Catherine Hearse This Sunday’s declaration of a ‘Coal and Gas Free’ Mirboo North will be a testament to the strength of rural Victorian communities. It is the culmination a great struggle between this small town set in the idyllic Strzelecki Ranges and the interests of big miners. The celebration marks the completion of an […]

Quit Coal Rocks The SLF!

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 in Uncategorized
Quit Coal Rocks The SLF!

Phew, what a weekend! From Friday to Sunday Quit Coal was out in force at the Sustainable Living Festival, with volunteers gathering over 3000 signatures on a petition calling on the State Government to institute a moratorium on CSG Fracking and new coal projects in Victoria.  In addition, nearly 100 Quit Coal T-shirts were sold […]