It’s been a very busy year, with many of you contributing written submissions to the inquiry, attending hearings or rallys and community events. It should be noted that your voices have been heard loud and clear.
The final report of the Unconventional gas inquiry will now be used by the Labor Government to make their final decision on Unconventional gas. In a quick summary, the final report saw several minority reports written and the committee split. Four committee members (Labor MP Shaun Leane, Labor MP Harriet Shing, Greens MP Samantha Dunn and Shooters & Fisher Party MP Daniel Young) called for a ban on Unconventional gas. The other committee members (Liberal MP David Davis, Liberal MP Richard Dall-Riva and Nationals Melina Bath) called for an extension of the current 5 Year moratorium for all onshore gas. The committee also made 15 recommendations IF the industry was allowed to go ahead.
The report, although heavily debated in parliament, documented all the concerns that communities have had over the past year. Early next year the Labor government will need to make a decision, probably on a whole gas policy for Victoria, encompassing unconventional gas.
If you haven’t already please contact the Premier to make sure our message is heard, that only a total ban will do.
Tell Premier Andrews you support a permanent ban on ALL onshore & unconventional gas drilling
We have made it very clear to the inquiry that communities will never give social licence for this industry as we have serious concerns with the risks unconventional gas mining poses to our farmland, water, jobs & health of our communities. Across Victoria people like you are protecting their towns from gasfields. This includes conventional onshore gas mining if it threatens our water, air, agriculture, environment, health and cultural heritage.
So once again, we thank you, for all your ongoing support to keep Victoria Gasfield Free.
We hope you have an enjoyable festive season and a safe New Year. We are very much looking forward (along with your help) to making 2016 the year Victoria officially becomes a gasfield free state.
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Ursula, Chloe & Alison