One year ago today the Victorian Labor government launched a Parliamentary Inquiry into Unconventional Gas in Victoria.
While Wade Noonan has just begun his stint as Minister for Resources this week, a huge amount of work has already been done by government to consider the effects of onshore unconventional gas and fracking in Victoria.
Even before the inquiry began we had been working with people in government for five years to educate them on community opinions and risk that the industry poses.
Will the new Minister Noonan listen to our experts at home or the lobby from multinationals in the gas industry?
Will Minister Noonan respect the will of communities and the people?
For a full seven months, members of the committee conducting the Parliamentary Inquiry researched the science, the operation of the industry overseas and in other parts of Australia, and consulted with communities that would be affected.
Two Labor MPs on the committee—Harriet Shing and Shaun Leane—came to the conclusion that the only way to protect communities is a total ban on onshore gas. This is what Victorian communities have been asking for over the past five years.
73 Victorian communities have decided to Lock their Gates to this invasive industry to protect their water, farmland, and food. An average of 95% of people in surveyed across these communities said they wanted a ban on unconventional gas.
They have told us that we cannot risk our precious and finite freshwater supplies.
They have told us of the mental health difficulties they have experienced as a result of the fear of losing their farms, their heritage and their livelihoods. We hope that Minister Noonan can be sympathetic to the stress this uncertainty has caused.
The community has spoken time and again: there is no social license for onshore gas in Victoria.
It’s time to transition to 100% renewables. This has already happened in South Australia—why not Victoria too?
Please call Minister Noonan today to lend your support at this critical time.
He can be reached at
Phone: (03) 8684 0900
Mail: Level 16, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org