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Parliamentary Petition

Petitioning parliament to make SE fracking ban law

We need your help now!

In the lead up to the last election the SA Liberal Government promised a 10 year ban on fracking in the SE of SA, but now they are elected they are dithering on putting the commitment into law. Read the background section below for more details.

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LCPA members meeting Troy Bell to discuss fracking legislation

Independent MP for the seat of Mt Gambier Troy Bell has introduced the Legislation the Liberals should have into the lower house, and Greens MLC Mark Parnell has introduced the same legislation to the upper house.

We will be backing this push for legislation in a range of ways and we need your help – the first thing you can do is demonstrate support by signing and getting signatures on the formal parliamentary petition.

How to help

This is a formal parliamentary petition and there are strict rules about how they are filled out. All petitions must be original copies, not scanned, faxed, emailed or signed online and only signed once per person. They need to be returned in person or by mail to the address at the bottom of the petition.

  • You can download the petition here, print it out, and get started! Your first goal – get 3 sheets signed and returned. Download the petition: 10 Year Moratorium on fracking 2018 petition
  • Then take the next step – become a petition coordinator! Aim to get 6 people to do the same and get 3 sheets filled out. Use this handy Petition Record Sheet to keep track.
  • Download a printable Background and Instructions for getting signatures on the Petition for your reference and to share.
  • 1st Deadline: 30th July 2018 (please send all filled out petition sheets in by this date) 2nd and final deadline: 28th September.
  • Need help? Advice? Want us to post you printed out petitions? Please let us know how we can help get you started contact us for more info.
  • Stay informed by signing up to receive our newsletter using the form on the front page of the website or contact page. The planet and the people of the Limestone Coast thank you.

Background to the petition

The Limestone Coast region in the SE of SA is prime agricultural land, home to the Coonawarra wine region, a crucial food bowl and a thriving tourism industry. But gas mining threatens the life blood of the region – the groundwater, as well as our clean, green image and the health of our community.

The Government must put its commitment to a moratorium on fracking in the SE into law.

If you have been following the campaign you already know that after years of community organisation and action we secured from the Liberals in SA a pre election promise for a 10 year moratorium on fracking. Fracking is the highest risk form of gas mining and a 10 year ban is a huge step forward toward our goal of protecting our land, families, industries and community.

However the moratorium is currently only a verbal commitment and does not protect the South East from any potential change of government or government policy over the next 10 years.

Legislation for the moratorium is required to provide the certainty that farmers, winemakers, tourism operators, small business and the community need to invest in the future.

We need you to get hands on and help now! – it’s easy and anyone can do it, thank you for your help to keep our community safe from fracking.

 

Mine rehabilitation overhaul needed to avoid a massive toxic legacy

AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATION FOUNDATION

MEDIA RELEASE

14 June 2016

Mine rehabilitation overhaul needed to avoid a massive toxic legacy

A new report highlights systemic and structural failures in the regulation of mine closure and rehabilitation in Australia and recommends the federal government set up a national inquiry to avoid the fading mining boom leaving behind a massive toxic legacy.

The Australian Conservation Foundation has today released two reports – a research report by the Mineral Policy Institute (MPI) examining the extent of the problem and a collection of stories about people whose communities have got a raw deal from mining.

The MPI report finds:

  • Most mine closures are unplanned and a result of economic and market factors
  •          A failure to reform the regulation of mine closures will result in long term pollution affecting communities, water, air and wildlife
  • While companies’ exposure to risk is usually protected by subsidiary entities and limited liability, governments and the community have limited protection against the social, environmental and financial risks when a project or company fails.

“This report reveals a looming disaster that urgently requires national action if we don’t want to have a string of off-limits toxic sites around the country and the public left to pay for their ongoing maintenance,” said ACF campaigns director Paul Sinclair.

“There are more than 50,000 abandoned mines in Australia and around 75 per cent of mines close unexpectedly or without proper site rehabilitation plans.

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“Australia’s environmental laws are failing to protect our reefs, rivers, forests, wildlife and people from the legacy of abandoned mines.

“From Queensland Nickel’s Yabulu Refinery – which has a tailings dam only metres away from the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area – to the McArthur River mine, to the brown coal mines in the Latrobe Valley and the Russell Vale coal mine in Sydney’s drinking water catchment, there are serious risks of ongoing pollution.

“With the mining boom fading fast and multinational mining companies offloading their assets, this problem is about to get a whole lot worse.

“ACF calls on all parties to commit to set up an inquiry into mine closure and rehabilitation in the first 100 days of the next parliament so big mining companies are made to clean up their mess, not leave polluted water and land for generations to come.”

Contact: ACF senior media adviser Josh Meadows, 0439 342 992

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Useful materials

  • The research report by the Mineral Policy Institute
  • The collection of stories about people whose communities have got a raw deal from mining https://www.acfonline.org.au/news-media/media-release/mine-rehabilitation-overhaul-needed-avoid-massive-toxic-legacy
  • Audio of interview with Kaye Osborn, who lives a block from the Russell Vale coal mine near Wollongong
  • Audio of interview with Wendy Farmer, who lives near the Hazelwood mine in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley
  • Below, the Mineral Policy Institute’s media release.

MINERAL POLICY INSTITUTE

MEDIA RELEASE

A big hole in Australia’s long-term budget

A new report, Ground truths: Taking responsibility for Australia’s mining legacies outlines the legacy of Australia’s mining boom and makes recommendations for limiting the impact of poor rehabilitation on communities and government finances.

“Failure to control mining legacies could leave a massive and recurring budget expense, equivalent to billions of dollars per year, in perpetuity, due to ongoing environmental and social impacts which need costly management,” said Mineral Policy Institute (MPI) Chair, Dr Gavin Mudd.

The report calls for a national inquiry, with seven recommendations addressing issues of financial liabilities and reporting, regulation, life of site impact assessment, national reporting and greater jurisdictional cooperation.

“A national inquiry, full impact and closure reporting and greater jurisdictional cooperation could avoid the transfer of liability we are seeing as mine sites are closed and companies go bankrupt – leaving the cost of rehabilitation to taxpayers and local environments and communities.”

The report demonstrates how industry has acknowledged the growing problem and financial liability of mining legacies for decades and the slow response from Australian regulators. A national inquiry would be able to put a clear dollar figure on the cost of cleaning up Australia’s mine sites and propose reasonable regulatory reform.

“The financial cost of fixing mining legacies is clearly enormous, but can be solved through an effective, cooperative response. The social, economic, environmental and physiological impacts of mining are made harder to address. Australia needs to act now before the problem gets any bigger,” said MPI Executive Director and report author, Charles Roche.

“The mining industry, including the International Council on Mining and Metals, have long recognised the potential costs of mining legacies, governments should support industry with effective regulatory changes.”

Contact MPI Chair: Dr Gavin Mudd, 0419 117 494; Report author: Charles Roche 0450 901 714, Charles.roche@mpi.org.au

 

 

Australia 100% renewable electricity by 2030

The Homegrown Power Plan, a joint project between GetUp! and Solar Citizens, shows how we can repower the country with renewable energy, reboot our failing electricity system and remove the roadblocks holding back the renewables boom.

Read the report here.

Get involved here https://yes2renewables.org/get-involved/

We must:

  • Reboot the system, rewiring our laws to deliver affordable, 100% renewable electricity.
  • Repower the country, turbocharging our existing renewable energy policies and adding some missing parts.
  • Remove the roadblocks, ensuring new renewables aren’t held back by the legacy of a bygone era.

A move to 100% renewable power is practical, achievable, economically sound and overwhelmingly popular.

We can do this:

  • By 2030 we can power all of Australia’s homes and businesses with 100% renewable electricity.
  • By 2035 we can meet around 40% of our transport needs with renewable energy as well.
  • By 2050 the whole energy system can be completely fossil fuel free.  Everything we do, from driving a car to hauling freight, from manufacturing to heating to taking a flight, can run on clean, affordable energy generated from the wind, sun, and other renewable sources.

Costs:  Decarbonising our entire energy system by 2050 means Australia gets a $800 billion slice of the global renewables investment boom, and all the jobs that come with it. Investing more in renewable means spending less on fuel. Between now and 2050, the shift to renewables and increased energy efficiency delivers enough fuel cost savings to cover 110% of the bill for building 100% renewable power.

Australia would save, on average: $9 billion a year on power sector fuel costs, $11 billion a year on transport fuel costs.

On the path to a clean energy future, our investment in fossil fuel free electricity starts paying itself off in lower prices as early as 2025, and by 2040 at the latest.

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Alice Springs Suburb Survey Results – 89% Vote Gasfield Free

89% call for no shale gas fracking in Central Australia – community results are in!

The results of a neighbour-to-neighbour community survey of Old Eastside in Alice Springs were launched on Sunday afternoon, revealing residents’ views on controversial shale gasfield fracking in Central Australia.

The survey has been three months in the making and has involved volunteers door-knocking over 500 households in the suburb of Old-Eastside to survey residents about their views on the use of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas or ‘fracking’ in Central Australia.

The suburb of Old Eastside is the newest edition to the redistributed boundaries Chief Minister Adam Giles’ electorate of Braitling.

603 people participated in the community survey with a significant majority of 89% (538 people) indicating they want to see Central Australia shale gasfield free.

Only 2.8% (or 17 people) supported the development of shale gasfields in Central Australia. The remainder of the survey participants were unsure.

The ‘gasfield free’ community surveying approach is a unique community-driven democratic process that enables local people to survey their own communities in a systematic way about their views on fracking.

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“The Old Eastside survey is an important litmus test of broader community views on shale gas fracking and the opinions of people in Alice Springs and in Chief Minister Adam Giles’ electorate”, said Barb Molanus who is one of the many local volunteers involved in the process.

“I am not surprised at all that we got the excellent result that we did – so many people I talk to everyday say they are really concerned about shale gas fracking”, said Molanus.

The approach has met with great success in other parts of Australia where now 390 local communities have declared themselves gasfield free. Now in the NT there are 5 gasfield free communities – Adelaide River, Batchelor, Lake Bennett, Mataranka and now Old Eastside.

“Our goal is to encourage other community members across all parts of Alice Springs to get involved and find out their neighbours views on shale gas fracking in Central Australia. We can all have a strong voice as part of our community, one suburb at a time!” said Marli Banks who is also involved in coordinating the event.

 

Events

Limestone Coast National Highway Action

Saturday 25th June

Anytime from 10am

Come along and sit by a roadside near you.

Bring a friend or a dog and enjoy a couple of hours.

Get your message out – Bring a SIGN

Say NO to invasive gasfields in the Limestone Coast.

You may find other people out and about doing the same thing,  you are welcome to join them or set up your own spot.

Mt Gambier – Penola – Naracoorte (Riddoch Hwy)
Millicent – Beachport – Robe – Kingston (Princess Hwy)
Mt Gambier – Port MacDonnell (Bay Rd)
Eastern entrance to Mt Gambier & western entrance to Mt Gambier (Princess Hwy).

Roadside protest

For more details phone Heather from the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance o459 808 437

Naracoorte Lucindale Gasfield and Mining Free Celebration

GASFIELD & MINING FREE CELEBRATION at the LUCINDALE TOWN HALL

Wednesday, 18th May at 7.00 pm

For the communities of LUCINDALE, FOX, COLES, SPENCE, WOOLUMBOOL, AVENUE RANGE & CONMURRA

Your questions will be answered.

Guest Speaker Debbie Nulty will speak about the impacts of invasive mining on landholders and regional communities.

Everybody is welcome and an enjoyable supper will be provided.

 

Offshore Oil and Gas Community Forum

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Bool Lagoon, Struan and Moyhall Community GASFIELD FREE Celebration

Sunday 25th October at Mary Seymour Conservation Park, Bool Lagoon Road.

Three communities in Naracoorte Lucindale Council area are declaring themselves Gasfield and invasive open cut mining free.

All welcome

Please come and show your support for our newest communities to declare themselves Gasfield and Invasive Open cut Mining Free.

More details : contact Heather Heggie on heggie@rbm.com.au

 

 

Mount Gambier Public Meeting 28th September

Monday 28 September, 7:00 pm

Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Watson Drive, Mount Gambier

Guest Speaker Comedian Rod Quantock (OAM)

The Mount Gambier Subcommittee of the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance (previously Mount Gambier community group) is excited to announce we will be hosting this Public Meeting. We have a special guest, comedian Rod Quantock (OAM) who will provide us with a highly entertaining view on fracking.

There will be some short video clips filmed outlining concerns on water and health.

All welcome.  Bring your family and friends along to this free night of entertainment.

More information contact Heidi : abigailKate1@hotmail.com

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Lucindale Gasfield Free Public meeting

Come to a community film evening to find out about unconventional gas and fracking.

Wednesday 22nd July at 7.30pm at the Senior Citizens Clubrooms, Lucindale

Learn more about the potential impacts to our farmlands, water and health.

Watch the short Australian documentary ” Fractured Country”

We will have guest speaker Huck Shepherd, Chairperson of the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance available to answer your questions.

All Welcome.

More details contact Huck on 0427642034

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Lochaber Gasfield Free Celebration Ceremony

Community members and Landholders

CELEBRATE GASFIELD FREE DECLARATIONS

 All Welcome

 Three Naracoorte Lucindale Council communities will come together to declare themselves “Gasfield Free” at an official ceremony at Lochaber Hall, Lochaber on Sunday 19th July.

 Overall 89% of residents in Lochaber, Keppoch and Stewart Range communities have voted to keep their communities gasfield and invasive mining free.

 All welcome to this family friendly event which will commence at 2pm at Lochaber Hall with the presentation of declaration scrolls to the Naracoorte Lucindale Council elected representative.

Afternoon tea will be supplied by the Women in Agriculture and Business.

By community vote, the declarations are a strong statement from the people, wanting to protect their neighbourhoods from unconventional gasfields and the threat of water, soil and air contamination, falling property values, and loss of farmland.

The Limestone Coast communities are standing up to protect existing industries, their land, water, air and health by locking the gate, locking the road and protecting their region through the Lock the Gate movement and becoming Gasfield Free and Invasive Mining Free.

Lochaber Hall is on Lochaber Rd North via Lochaber Lane and then turn north onto Lochaber Rd Nth. Not far from the corner. (Lochaber Lane is on the left as you travel north of Naracoorte)

More information contact Heather Heggie heggie@rbm.com.au

Poster Gasfield Declaration Ceremony

Mount Gambier Community Meeting

All Welcome

5.30pm, at the South Aussie Hotel in 78 Commercial St East, Mount Gambier.

Wednesday 20th May

Get involved, find out how we can stop the gasfields from developing in the Limestone Coast of SA

Protect your homes, protect your roads, protect your communities, SA!

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Wattle Range Communities Gasfield Free Celebration

All Welcome for Gasfield Free Ceremony at Lake Leake at 11am

Gasfield  and invasive mining free road declaration scrolls will be presented to the

Mayor of Wattle Range Peter Gandolfi.

Come along to declare your road gasfield and invasive mining free.

Free BBQ put on by Glencoe Progress Association plus Children’s games and stalls.

Wattle Range Communities support for Gasfield and Invasive Mining Free average 96%.

Wattle Range East 95.8%

Monbulla 98.5%

Short 100%

Maaoupe 88.2%

Glencoe 94.2%

Krongart 100%

Wattle Range 98.3%

Protected by Community.

All Welcome

Lake Leake is 6km north of Glencoe on Lake Leake road and it is the Lake.

For more information contact Lesley on 87394282

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Nelson Learning Exchange Weekend

Gasfield Free West Alliance and Limestone Coast Protection Alliance invite you to attend a South Australian and Victorian learning exchange weekend on 25th and 26th April.

Come along to learn more about public speaking, writing media releases, speaking to TV and radio, Facebook and Twitter, networking and sharing ideas.

For the full program and to book your place contact Chloe Aldenhoeven on phone 0432 328 107

Nelson weekend

With both major political parties hell-bent on fracking our region, only a strong social movement can save us. 

That means us!  There is no rescue party. We are it.

 In regions where they’re winning, ordinary people like you have:

  • gained confidence – to speak on stalls, on radio and to groups
  • learn how to edit photos for social media – and got their story out
  • learn how to facilitate meetings – so their group functions well and attracts new people
  • learn about nonviolence – to win their campaign
  • learn how to build the movement – so more people get involved

We have a rare chance to learn together in a warm, fun atmosphere on the weekend of April 25th and 26th.

The coming Nelson Learning Exchange Weekend is a once-off opportunity. An added bonus is we can strengthen links with Western Victoria. The more we network, the stronger our campaigns.

Perhaps you’re feeling, as you read this, “oh.. I’ve never done anything like that before‘…

You won’t be the only person feeling that, because to save our region, we’ll all find ourselves doing things we’ve never done before!

I’ve spoken with people from the Northern Rivers where a powerful movement looks like winning. They they say they can’t believe how alive they’ve felt, the skills they’ve learnt, and the friends they’ve made.

Would you like a piece of that? Then join us at the Nelson Learning Exchange Weekend

Give it a go! This once-off opportunity costs only a donation of $20-30.

If you are not into sharing a bunkroom you are welcome to bring your motorhome, caravan, campervan or tent etc.