Melbourne Protest against Jemena NT Pipeline

Posted on Mar 22, 2017
Melbourne Protest against Jemena NT Pipeline

Friends of the Earth Melbourne and Quit Coal campaigners joined with concerned citizens gathered outside Jemena’s Melbourne headquarters to protest against the Federal government approval of the Northern Gas Pipeline. The group claimed that the pipeline, if built, will facilitate controversial on-shore unconventional gas fracking in the state and wished to express solidarity with Traditional […]

Gasfield-free Vic Party!

Posted on Oct 26, 2016
Gasfield-free Vic Party!

Biiiig congratulations to everyone involved in the Coal & Gas Free Victoria/Lock the Gate campaign!  Since the government has decided (after a huge, amazing, inclusive grassroots campaign) to ban fracking & unconventional gas in Victoria, we’re having a celebration and you’re invited! When: Friday 11 November 2016 Where: The Purple Emerald, 349 High St, Northcote […]

Inflating Gas Prices – A Whole lot of Hot Air

Posted on Sep 9, 2016
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
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 […]

This Little Piggy wants a Gas Ban

Posted on Apr 29, 2016
This Little Piggy wants a Gas Ban

As do many Melbournians: “ Fracking! It’s the stupidest idea I’ve heard of.” “Oh yes I’ll sign. I can’t believe they are thinking of doing it here.” Yes, I know about this. I come from Queensland. It’s terrible there.” “There has been too much destruction of the environment already, without doing that too.” This little […]

Former pro coal minister and Lakes Oil adviser spruiks onshore gas

Posted on Apr 1, 2016
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, […]

Our Year in Yellow

Posted on Dec 31, 2015
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:                          

Committee Divided, Community United

Posted on Dec 9, 2015
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 […]

Shenhua Coal Mine Update: Liverpool Plains Harvest Festival 2015

Posted on Nov 12, 2015
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 […]