Ban on fracking enshrined in the Constitution of Victoria

On 4 March 2021, the Victorian Parliament voted in favour of enshrining the State’s moratorium on fracking into the Act that supports the State’s constitution.

The Constitution Amendment Bill 2020, which passed the Victorian Upper House on 4 March 2021, fulfils the Andrew government’s 2018 election commitment to “enshrine our legislated ban on fracking in the Constitution of Victoria”.

From 2013 to 2016, we campaigned together with Friends of the Earth and Lock the Gate for a state-wide ban on fracking and unconventional gas drilling. We are delighted finally to see the ban enshrined in the State’s constitution. The outcome is an acknowledgment of a very powerful community campaign against gas – a campaign driven by more than 70 regional communities.

It is a reminder that strategic and determined community campaigning gets results.

→ Friends of the Earth – 4 March 2021:
Community Win: Victoria’s Fracking Ban Enshrined in Constitution