#Australiansforcoal campaign backflips – with hilarious results

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 in Climate Change, Coal, Politics
#Australiansforcoal campaign backflips – with hilarious results

What happens when the coal industry tries to tell Australians they want and need coal? #epicPRfail The multi-million dollar “Australians for Coal” marketing campaign, which was kicked off by The Minerals Council yesterday, has proven just how out of touch with the modern world the dirty coal industry is. Not only does the campaign seek […]

Latrobe Valley town declares itself Coal and Gas Free

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 in Coal, Gas, Latrobe Valley
Latrobe Valley town declares itself Coal and Gas Free

By Flo Dacy-Cole Declaration days tend to represent the most rewarding moments of the Coal and Gas Free Communities movement – a time to celebrate months of achievement, see the palpable results of collaboration and spend a few precious moments alive in the sunshine. Boolarra’s declaration day was no exception to this rule. The day […]

Have your say on the pro-gas government report

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 in Climate Change, Gas, Gippsland, Politics
Have your say on the pro-gas government report

  You may recall the Gas Market Taskforce Report, better known as the Reith Report, which was handed to the Victorian Government in late 2013. The Taskforce’s mission was to figure out whether an onshore gas industry is the right move for Victoria. The whole taskforce was comprised of mining industry representatives, investors, board members, […]

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, […]

Moratorium on Fracking until 2015

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 in Gas, Gippsland, Politics
Moratorium on Fracking until 2015

By Chloe Aldenhoven   The day started with whisperings and rumours. Excitement mixed with disbelief. But by early Thursday afternoon, social media was going crazy with confirmation of the news. The State Government had officially announced: the moratorium on fracking and the halt on granting of new licenses will continue until July 2015! Premier Napthine even […]

The Reith Report

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 in Gas, Gippsland, Politics
The Reith Report

After much anticipation (and dread) The Reith Report was handed into the state government this week. Peter Reith is an ex-Howard MP and was the head the Gas Market Taskforce, a group that was charged to look into the Victorian gas market and it’s viability. The taskforce contained such vested interests as the CEO of […]

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 […]

Harmers Haven: Victoria’s third Coal and Gas Free Community.

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 in Coal, Events, Gas, Gippsland

By Peter Wonfor On the 27th of October 2013, the community of Harmers Haven declared itself Coal Seam Gas Free. The declaration, officially made by local resident John Old, was based on the results of a survey carried out over several months. Harmers Haven is located a few km from Wonthaggi on the Bass Coast […]