Pro-wind energy coalition call for Premier to rewrite wind farm laws, unlock jobs in southwest Victoria

Just three weeks after Premier Napthine opened the Macarthur wind farm, a coalition of southwest Victorian and supporting groups have released a joint statement calling on the Premier to rewrite anti-wind farm planning laws and unlock jobs in southwest Victoria.

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2013 – time to stop the onshore coal and gas industry in Victoria

In 2012, community concern about the threat of new coal and gas operations, especially coal seam gas (CSG), pushed the state government to ban the use of dangerous BTEX chemicals and place a moratorium on the process of fracking for gas.

The moratorium will finish shortly and the government has made it clear it wants to see renewed expansion of the fossil fuel industry.

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Rural and urban Alliance calls on State Government to ban new fossil fuel projects

An alliance of 59 groups has called on the Victorian government to ban all new on-shore coal and un-conventional gas operations until there has been a thorough investigation into the likely impacts of this industry.

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What energy future do you want?

Victorians must decide what type of energy future we want:
·    more dirty, coal fired power and the threat of coal exports, or
·    more renewables like wind, solar, wave energy and geothermal

Ted Baillieu has shown he stands with the coal industry.

You can help change that. Speak up for clean energy and local jobs.

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'Gippsland is precious' film launch

The Old Drouin Butter Factory Theatre is set to host the Gippsland premiere of a new independent documentary called C, which looks at the impacts of controversial coal seam gas mining.

Drouin launch: May 10th at 7pm.

Melbourne launch: May 2.

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Victoria’s Fuel reduction burning program

Following the Royal Commission into the Black Saturday bushfires, the targets for controlled burning have been increased, and subject to considerable criticism by many environmentalists. Because of the way community fear of fire risk has played out, there is a perceived political ‘need’ to burn large areas in order to reduce fuel loads and hence provide asset protection.

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bio-fuels: the new threat to native forests

It’s the next wave of destruction for our native forests. The forestry and energy industries are now poised to unleash their plans to feed our forests into furnaces to produce electricity, convert them into bio-fuels, and into pellets for export.  This will mean more destruction of forests and their wildlife, and release massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.

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Earth Resources Ministerial Advisory Council

A new Ministerial advisory council on ‘earth resources’ has been announced to address the sustainable development of the resources sector.

Given that membership of this group is overwhelmingly biased towards the industry, and given comments from the Minister, it is hard to see this as anything other than a rubber stamp for further development of the fossil fuels sector.

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Community shows support for wind power

Portland showed its support for the wind energy industry at today’s regional launch of the Victorian Wind Alliance at the Keppel Prince wind tower manufacturing facility.

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DIRT RADIO - our weekly radio show on 3CR !

Dirt Radio is a program presented by Friends of the Earth campaigners and activists. 
The show digs down into the dirt on important environmental and social justice issues, exploring the campaigns, issues and communities involved in defending their local environment.

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