Environmentalists support the Latrobe Valley call to re-assess new coal mining and create a ‘Health Conservation area’

Keith_Pakenham_CFA_Hazelwood_fire.jpgMedia release. July 30, 2014. Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth (FoE) has supported the call from Latrobe Valley community organisation Voices of the Valley for the full rehabilitation of non-operational mine faces in the Hazelwood mine and the assessment of future industrial developments for their potential health impacts before they are approved.

“Voices of the Valley’s call for the reassessment of the 13 billion tonnes of coal that has been earmarked for allocation is a significant move” said Friends of the Earth campaigns co-ordinator Cam Walker.

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Our Energy Future

Renewables-Campaign.jpgFoEs' Yes 2 Renewables and the Geelong Sustainability Group present Our Energy Future: Kitchen Table Conversation

As the world shifts towards clean, renewable energy sources, the Victorian government has put on the brakes. Wind farms are banned in the windiest parts of the state. And unlike our South Australian neighbours, Victoria has been without a renewable energy target for years.

Join us for the first Kitchen Table Conversation event to take part in this exciting community-run research project.

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Big Hill gold mine

981101BigHillLogo.jpgCanadian gold miner Crocodile Gold is pressing ahead with the development of the Big Hill open pit project at Stawell in western Victoria.

The proposed gold mine would remove Big Hill, the major physical feature of Stawell. The company intends to replace the hill after the mining operation is completed.

The company is currently seeking approval from the Victorian Government to proceed.

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New Koala Report Predicts No Easy Answer to Plantation Dilemma.

koala.jpgFRIENDS OF THE EARTH

PRESS RELEASE Thursday July 24 2014

Friends of the Earth today released a new report on koalas and plantations.

“The report hopes to shed some new light on this disastrous situation” said Friends of the Earth spokesperson Anthony Amis.

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Napthine govt takes first step to fix wind farm laws, yet more reform needed to create jobs and investment

Hepburn.jpgMEDIA RELEASE - 23 July, 2014

The Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy will amend wind farm planning laws to allow already-approved wind farms to use the best-available technology.

Under the amended planning laws, wind energy companies will be permitted to make minor modifications to boost wind farm efficiency, such as increased turbine capacity or blade length.

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Shut It Down

shut_it_down.jpgFriends of the Earth is proud to join GetUp, Doctors for the Environment Australia, Environment Victoria and others in supporting the Surf Coast Air Action campaign to end coal pollution in Anglesea on Victoria's Surf Coast.

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Just Say No

Lakes_Oil_No_Feb_2014.jpgThe state government has announced a consultation process to determine community attitudes to onshore gas drilling. This includes the ‘unconventional’ gases – CSG, tight gas and shale gas.

We appreciate that the government wants to hear from the community. Our experience is that regional communities do not want this industry unleashed on their lands. And experience from overseas and interstate shows that this industry has a deeply negative impact on farming wherever it gets established.

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Strzelecki Koala Research Project

koala.jpgOver the last 6 months Friends of the Earth has been involved in a project mapping population numbers of the Strzelecki Koala.

The Strzelecki Koala is the only remnant koala population remaining in Victoria and as a result it's unique genes are vital for the survival of the species, not only in Victoria, but Southern NSW as well.

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Victorian government gives $206 million to mining sector – and counting

Lakes_Oil_drill_site.jpgFriends of the Earth media release. June 24, 2014

An Australia Institute report released today shows the remarkable level of support given to the mining industry by state governments.

It shows that each state provides millions of dollars’ worth of assistance to mining industries every year and that over a six-year period, state governments in Australia spent $17.6 billion supporting the mineral and fossil fuel industries.

What is surprising is the support given by the Victorian government. $206 million over six years.

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Friends of the Earth vows to blockade coal exports

coal_image.jpgMedia Alert – Friends of the Earth

16th June 2014

Friends of the Earth today condemned the state and federal governments’ decision to subsidise Shanghai Electric’s plan to establish a brown coal export industry in Victoria. The Chinese government-owned company was awarded $25 million for a $119 million demonstration plant to process coal into briquettes.

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