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Posted on Jun 24, 2015 in Climate Change, Coal, Gas, Gippsland, Melbourne, Western Victoria

Our grassroots campaign across Victoria to protect our land, water, food supply, health and communities from the impacts of the invasive unconventional gas industry has so far been incredibly successful.  Community members across Victoria have stood up for and protected their towns, making Victoria a leader and a beacon of hope in the struggle against […]

Truth the Casualty in “War” Between Coal and Gas

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 in Climate Change, Coal, Gas
Truth the Casualty in “War” Between Coal and Gas

The good news is we’ve got new allies in the fight against coal. The bad news is they are the CEOs of major gas companies hoping we’ll ignore all the downsides of gas if they point out that coal is even worse. Over the last week there were heated exchanges between Coal and Gas chiefs […]

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 […]

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, […]

Beyond Coal and Gas: Protecting our heritage, embracing the future

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 in Climate Change, Coal, Events, Gas
Beyond Coal and Gas: Protecting our heritage, embracing the future

There is an amazing feeling that comes when a gathering of people from around the nation come together for a common cause. The ‘Beyond Coal and Gas’ summit sought to bring people from the many corners of Australia (and New Zealand and Singapore!) to unite them as part of the powerful social movement against the […]

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 […]

Glenelg Council votes to be Gasfield free

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 in Gas, Western Victoria
Glenelg Council votes to be Gasfield free

Glenelg Shire will stay an unconventional gasfield free zone if Glenelg Shire Council gets its way. Councillors have unanimously supported a motion, moved by Cr John Northcott, at last night’s August Council Meeting. In front of an overflowing public gallery at the Portland Council Chambers, Cr Northcott said Council could not risk the future of […]

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 […]

Farmland not Gaslands – a film

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 in Events, Gas, Gippsland, Western Victoria
Farmland not Gaslands – a film

The last two years have been incredible and frightening. People all across Victoria discovered that their fertile farmland, communities and natural areas were blanketed with licences for unconventional gas. But in that time, those communities have banded together to create a state-wide movement to protect their land, water, health and future. And now there’s a […]