Water used for export cotton dwarfs Cubbie entitlement: new study

Twice as much water as Cubbie Station’s giant 460 gigalitre (GL) water entitlement is effectively sent overseas every year in the form of irrigated cotton from the Murray-Darling, according to new research released today by Friends of the Earth.

The analysis compiled Australian government data on annual cotton exports and irrigation water use from 2005 to 2011 and calculates the volume of water embodied in Australia’s export cotton crop.

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HRL project loses federal funding

HRL wanted to build the first new coal fired power station in Victoria in almost 20 years.

Martin Ferguson, the Federal Minister for Energy and Resources, has announced that the government would be scrapping its $100 million grant to the company because it failed to meet the grant requirements.

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Quit Coal Collective

We use a range of tactics to let the broader Victorian community know about plans for new coal projects in Victoria, and pressure our government to stop investing in them. We focus on being strategic, creative, and as much as possible, fun!

We hold rallies and public forums, do outreach at festivals and community events, lobby politicians, and speak to the media. We also take peaceful direct action – from creative street theatre to office occupations, and many things in between.

We are a 100% volunteer run collective that is committed to non-violence. We are a rapidly growing, open and inclusive community group.

For further details, please visit our website.

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'Cross pollination'. FoE members and supporters event, Jan 31

This night will feature tales of anti-coal communities, resistance and creativity from near and afar.

Featuring:

  • Drew Hutton, Lock the Gate Alliance.
  • all the way from Canada, Saku, a mining-justice campaigner and member of the talented Beehive Collective and Testament, author and hip hop artist.
  • Julien Vincent will outline the new Friends of the Earth campaign called Market Forces.
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Open cut coal mine for Mirboo North?

There is currently a proposal from Mantle Mining for an exploration permit to look for coal over the township of Mirboo North in Gippsland.

After an enormous turn out at the community meeting on Sunday 22 July, hundreds of objection letters were written by locals.

We have until August 6 to send in objections. Please check here for updates on the campaign and how to send an objection.

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The Coalition government & the environment

The Victorian Coalition has now been in power for almost two years. Sadly, the news has been almost relentlessly negative on the question of environmental and climate change issues.


Check here for an assessment of their progress.

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New coal production nothing more than old policy

One of Victoria’s worst kept secrets over the past year has been the intention of the State Government to expand the state’s involvement in the coal industry.

A draft cabinet submission shows that the Baillieu government is preparing a campaign to promote further development of Victoria's brown coal reserves.

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