Kelvin Thomson backs closure of Hazelwood - who's next?

Kelvin Thomson, the member for the federal electorate of Wills, has endorsed the campaign by the Victorian climate change movement for the closure of the ageing and dirty Hazelwood coal fired power station. It is possible to replace it with a mix of energy efficiency measures and renewwables. In doing so we would generate many new jobs.

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'Energy Future' paper sets the scene. Climate White Paper must drive transition from coal.

Friends of the Earth has welcomed today's release of 'Victoria's Energy Future' by the Minister for Energy Peter Batchelor.

We acknowledge the fact that the Brumby government is taking such a proactive approach to transforming our energy sources towards a low carbon future. The White Paper must fill in the details on exactly how Victoria can move away from its historic reliance on coal, oil and gas to generate energy.

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Replace Hazelwood campaign

Hazelwood is Australia’s dirtiest power station. This election year, we’re calling on the Victorian and Federal Governments to commit to Replace Hazelwood with Clean Energy by 2012.

Please join the campaign.

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Lead levels in Ballarat Drinking Water Alarming

Friends of the Earth (FoE) today expressed alarm at the high levels of lead recorded in Ballarat and district drinking water. FoE conducted a Freedom of Information request with Central Highlands Water earlier in the year after first becoming aware of the issue.

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Yarra Ranges Shire grants approval for Eastern Golf Club

Friends of the Earth is extremely disappointed that Yarra Ranges Shire, gave approval at Council's meeting on Tuesday June 22, for the construction of the Eastern Golf Club at Yering.

The new course is to be built on the Yarra River floodplain, only one kilometre upstream from Melbourne's drinking water supply.

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Emergency protest: Gillard government to sign brown coal export deal

2.45pm TODAY (Friday June 25) Langham Hotel, Southgate Avenue, Southbank. Melbourne

Simon Crean is due to sign a deal, in Melbourne today, to export Victorian brown coal to Vietnam.

With less than 24 hours in the job, this is Prime Minister Julia Gillard's first big climate test. Unless she pulls this deal her climate credentials will be shattered.

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Friends of the Earth releases report on water quality issues for Ballarat, Bendigo and Benalla

Friends of the Earth have released a report regarding water quality issues in Ballarat, Bendigo and Benalla.


Key findings of the report show that Ballarat had several times the breaches of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) that were recorded for Bendigo and Benalla combined.

There are public forums in Ballarat (Tuesday May 25) & Bendigo (Thurs May 27).

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