It can be easy to despair when you are campaigning so hard on an issue for so long. Sometimes you can feel like the government just isn’t listening to you and that all your efforts are a bit pointless… but not today!
We have been campaigning for over a year against the proposal by company HRL to build a dirty brown coal power station in Victoria.
And today Martin Ferguson, the Federal Minister for Energy and Resources, announced that the government would be scrapping its $100 million grant to the company because it failed to meet the grant requirements.
HRL wanted to build the first new coal fired power station in
Victoria in almost 20 years, and Quit Coal, along with many other
concerned groups and individuals, have been urging the government to
withdraw its funding.
With our friends from Greenpeace, Environment Victoria, Yarra Climate
Action Now, Beyond Zero Emissions, Darebin Climate Action Now (DCAN),
Doctors for the Environment Victoria, LIVE, The Environment Defenders
Office and many others, we have held rallies, done banner drops,
doorknocked, collected petitions, lobbied and pushed hard for the
government to make the right decision.
This is a huge win. Government
promises are often forgotten or quietly fade into the background, UNLESS
we hold them to account. Together, our pressure on the Government made
HRL too big an issue to ignore, and today they have finally heard that
we don’t want new coal in Victoria!