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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Look out 2014!

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 in Climate Change, Coal, Gas, Politics
Look out 2014!

By Katherine Smyrk Can you believe it? It’s 2014 already. It isn’t quite how some us may have imagined it; there are no jet packs, flying cars or robot butlers. We do, however, have some very modern advances and luxuries in our lives now that are just becoming the norm. Ipads feel like something imagined […]