You may have heard the great news last weekend that Labor MP Shaune Leane has recommended that the government permanently ban unconventional gas mining!
We’ve been calling for a permanent ban in Victoria for years. A permanent ban is the only way to force the greedy gas companies out of our state, and demonstrate that Victorians will stand in solidarity to protect our climate, water and food.
Please contact Shaun’s office today to say thank-you for supporting a permanent ban on fracking and unconventional gas mining
Phone: 9887 0255
This is the home stretch of the campaign, so it’s a crucial time to tell politicians that Victorians will not tolerate fracking and unconventional gas. The final report from the Parliamentary Inquiry into Unconventional Gas will be released in less than a month’s time, on December 1st.
So please contact the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee members to lend your support for a permanent ban on unconventional gas mining and fracking in Victoria. We want all of the committee members below to receive this message loud and clear before the 20th of November!
Hon David Davis (MP in Southern Metropolitan region, Liberal party)
T: (03) 9888 6244
Ms Harriet Shing (MP in Eastern Victoria, Australian Labor Party)
T: (03) 5622 3050
Daniel Young (MP in Northern Victoria, Shooters and Fishers Party)
T: (03) 5799 1331
Ms Melinda Bath (MP in Eastern Victoria, The Nationals)
T: (03) 5174 7066
Hon Adem Somyurek (MP in South-Eastern Metropolitan, Australian Labor Party)
(t): (03) 9794 0699
Ms Samantha Dunn (MP in Eastern Metropolitan, Victorian Greens)
T: (03) 9850 8600
Hon Richard Dalla-Riva (MP in Eastern Metropolitan, Liberal Party)
T: (03) 9803 0592
Please note that if you have received an email suggesting that you contact a shorter list of politicians, feel free to go with that list! If you would like to write a personal letter to all of them, that would, of course, be great.
A permanent ban on fracking and unconventional gas mining in Victoria will not only be good for Victoria – it will also provide momentum for the Lock the Gate campaign across Australia, so farmers as far as New South Wales and Queensland will stand a better chance of being protected from the devastating effects of fracking and unconventional gas mining on their land and communities.
Below is an email template that you may find helpful in drafting your own letter to the politicians above.
Dear ……(eg David Davis)
I appreciate the time and effort you have committed to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Unconventional Gas.
We are very fortunate that Victoria has been able to conduct this inquiry before the industry has been established. It has allowed some scientific evidence from other jurisdictions to be considered and has allowed all stakeholders to get informed and share their concerns.
I am well aware of the many risks and problems with the unconventional gas industry, as I know you are. I’m writing this letter to confirm and clearly state that there is no social licence for unconventional gas mining in Victoria and never will be. Right now over 67 communities have declared themselves Gasfield Free. These communities will do whatever it takes to protect their communities from the invasive unconventional gas industry.
I strongly urge you to recommend in your final report that Victoria implements a permanent ban on unconventional gas and fracking in Victoria. This is the best way to give farmers and regions communities the peace of mind that they will no longer have to deal with the anxiety of potential mining or with the tragedies that unconventional gas has brought to the agricultural industry and rural communities in other parts of Australia and the world. It is also the best way to provide certainty to industry.
Banning fracking and unconventional gas from Victoria will create meaningful and lasting protections for the state’s agriculture and tourism industries. Most importantly, it will also demonstrate your commitment to the democratic process—with an unprecedented number of submissions received by the inquiry, given opposition from:
‘a broad cross-section of the community including farmers and other landholders, environmental groups, landcare groups, medical professionals, hydrogeologists, tourism operators, small business owners, and local councils.’ (Interim Report, Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry Into Unconventional Gas)
Opposition to the unconventional gas industry is widespread, powerful and unyielding.
Your work on this inquiry is so important and carries a significant responsibility for this generation and generations to come. We strongly urge you to work across party lines to make a decision that is in the long-term interests of our state, its citizens and our land.
Thank you for all your hard work on this issue.