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 […]

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, […]

Toxic Hazelwood fires threaten our health

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 in Climate Change, Coal, Gippsland, Latrobe Valley, Politics
Toxic Hazelwood fires threaten our health

by Maude Farrugia of Korumburra, South Gippsland   It’s been over a week now that CFA crews have been battling the 1.3km blaze at Hazelwood coal mine. It’s also been over a week now that the surrounding areas of Southern & Western Gippsland have been blanketed in a fine haze of toxic smoke. And it’s […]

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 […]

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 […]