On the maps below, you can see where authorities have given the mining company Lakes Oil permission to drill for gas exploration. the area covers wineries and reserves, as well as the Waurn Ponds campus of Deakin.
LINKS TO HIGHER RESOLUTION MAPS
» Close-ups of the border areas in Geelong
» Older map where the borders are not accurate
When the state government grants a licence to a company, existing legislation throughout Australia allows that company to mine anywhere within that licence, even if it is on private land. In order to maintain good public relations, most mining companies try to gain permission from land-holders, but in reality a land-holder has no legal right to stop mining from occurring on their land.
An artist’s impression