Community consultation on gas welcomed.

seaspray_2_2014.jpgEnvironmental group Friends of the Earth (FoE) has welcomed today’s announcement of the community consultation process on unconventional gas by the Energy and Resources Minister Russell Northe.

“After many months of inaction by the previous minister, we are impressed that Mr Northe has moved quickly since his appointment to get this process out into the public realm” said FoE spokesperson Cam Walker.

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Victorian state election 2014


Parliament-of-Victoria-Melbourne-.jpgThe Victorian election will be held on November 29, 2014.

While the main Parties look set to run a ‘bread and butter’ election – focusing on issues like education, health, infrastructure and the economy, there is also a pressing need to make environmental concerns an issue at this election.

FoE is not aligned with any political party. Its mission is to gain protection for the natural environment, and elections present a great opportunity to promote a policy agenda which will help gain these protections.

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This week, help Indigenous people campaign for water rights.

Last December the Victorian government released the Water Bill Exposure draft, outlining a new water act for the state. This was an important opportunity to update Victoria's legislation to include greater recognition of Indigenous water rights.As Traditional Owners and long-term custodians of natural ecosystems, Indigenous people have a right and a responsibility to use water resources in their Country. The Victorian Government has a responsibility to improve Indigenous participation in water planning and provide access to water resources.

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Seaspray residents launch direct action 'pledge' campaign against Tight Gas drilling

no_drill_no_spill_Seaspray_Feb_2014.jpgLocals from Seaspray in Gippsland have announced their intention to blockade drilling operations if the government approves Lakes Oil Tight Gas activity.

Lakes Oil have applied to the state government to gain approval to carry out horizontal drilling in the Seaspray area in Gippsland.

Please support the community and tell the Minister not to approve the application.

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2014 Radioactive Exposure Tour


Friends of the Earth is hosting the annual Radioactive Exposure Tour from 12-27 April 2014.

Since the 1980s, the “Rad Tour” has taken thousands of people to the heart of the Australian nuclear industry, exposing the realities of “radioactive racism” and the environmental impacts of uranium mining.

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state election campaign information night


Are you interested in getting involved in our campaign to get environmental issues onto the agenda of all political parties in the buildup to the November 29 state election?

We will be holding an information night on 18 February at FoE from 7pm - 8pm.

 

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The Change Course

Practical skills for advocacy and campaigning.  

This 6 week course is designed to give a broad overview of skills needed to be an effective campaigner.  From community organising, to social media and fundraising , we will give you a great set of tools to take away, increasing your skills, and developing better capacity in the area you work.

From March 23rd to May 1st, Melbourne.

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