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Three public meetings about onshore gas extraction

Information nights at Manifold Heights Baptist Church in Geelong and at Surf World on Beach Road in Torquay on Thursday 18 September at 7:00pm, and a ‘Town Declaration Day’ in Moriac on Sunday 14 September at 2pm

» Read more about the meetings on Thursday in Frack Free Geelong’s newsletter


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Public meeting: GAS RUSH – INFORMATION NIGHT
Topic: Onshore gas extraction in City of Greater Geelong
Chair: Michael Martinez, CEO, Diversitat
Time: Thursday 18 September 2014 at 7:00–9:00pm
Place: Manifold Heights Baptist Church (Corner Shannon Avenue and Volum Street, Geelong).
Admission: Free

Geelong Council seeks public submissions regarding onshore gas extraction methods with a deadline on 26 September. Taking a stand on this should not be about party politics. This is about our common future and what we would like it to be. It is important that citizens voice their concerns in this matter.

Come and ask questions to a panel of independent authorities about onshore gas mining’s impact on health, jobs, economy, environment, climate and ethics.

Speakers
• Dr Merryn Redenbach, Doctors for the Environment Australia
• Dr Rye Senjen, senior researcher with the National Toxics Network
Ben Courtice, Yes2Renewables and Beyond Zero Emissions

Chair
Michael Martinez, CEO, Diversitat

We will be watching a short film which focuses on why communities in Gippsland are opposing onshore gas extraction – also known as coal seam gas extraction, CSG mining or ‘fracking’.

Initially, Geelong Council provided only three links on their submission page which are in favour of gas mining. We contacted Council and criticised this unbalance, and the page has since been updated with three more links to organisations which are independent of the gas mining industry.

If you would like to become acquainted with views independent of the industry, we suggest you look below on this page where we have posted various Gas Fact Sheets with information from Doctors for the Environment, Beyond Zero Emissions, Australia Institute, and The Climate Institute, and more.

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About the speakers

merryn_redenbach200Dr Merryn Redenbach is an advanced trainee in Community Child Health with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She currently works for Doctors for the Environment Australia as Research and Liaison Officer on the impacts of fossil fuels on health. Her recent medical work includes child protection, child, adolescent, infant and maternal mental health, and she also has research experience in the impact of air pollution on child health.

rye-portrait200Dr Rye Senjen is a senior researcher with the National Toxics Network and also works with a number of international NGOs. She is internationally known for her work on nanotechnology and has also written on coal seam gas, bisphenol-A, sustainable hospital flooring and the hazards of biochar. She teaches business ethics and sustainability at the graduate and post graduate level.
» For National Toxics Network’s briefings on coal seam gas, see: www.ntn.org.au/resources

Ben-Courtice200Ben Courtice writes for Yes2Renewables.org and has worked as a staff writer for Beyond Zero Emissions – a Melbourne-based climate solutions and renewable energy think tank. He is secretary of the Moorabool Environment Group who engaged with Moorabool Council on supporting a moratorium on new coal and coal seam gas in the council. The Council finally addressed this issue at a council meeting in May 2013.

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» The event is listed in Council’s event calendar on: www.geelongaustralia.com.au/events







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Submit your personal advice or comment to the Council of City of Greater Geelong

Have Your Say – Fracking

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News and updates from City of Greater Geelong

Council undertaking comprehensive fact-finding process on coal seam gas extraction methods
28 August 2014

Onshore Gas Extraction Public Submissions
21 August 2014

Fracking fact finding
7 August 2014


• Links to gas fact sheets published by:
        Doctors for the Environment
        Beyond Zero Emissions
        Australia Institute
        The Climate Institute
        Concerned Health Professionals of New York




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‘Town Declaration Day’ in Moriac

The organisers have had confirmation that all candidates for South Barwon will attend: Andrew Katos, Andy Richard, and Lisa Ashdowne. Also federal members of parliament Sarah Henderson and Richard Di Natale will be coming. And Lloyd Davies, candidate for Western Victoria. Surf Coast Mayor Rose Hodge and councillors will be attending as well.

No sitting MP has ever attended a declaration day, and to get all of the candidates in one room is outstanding. Numbers matter in politics. So, come and show the politicians that you care about this, and that you want them to place a permanent ban on fracking.

We need a huge crowd to support the anti-fracking cause. so if you could pass on the details to your friends and followers this morning it would be greatly appreciated.

» Facebook event page:
www.facebook.com/events/691923397554846


Let government understand we want fracking banned: Come to Torquay today!

Today: Torquay Bowls Club, The Esplanade in Torquay
– come anytime between 2pm and 8pm.

Natural Gas Community Information Open Days

Just pop in to have your say!

The more people that take part in this, the more impact it has.

• Come at 6:30pm to have your photo taken with your community! •

» More information on www.naturalgasinfo.vic.gov.au


Transition South Barwon wrote:

Govt. gas mining “Community Information Open Day” Thurs 19 June 2014

Hi,

This event is part of the State Govenrment’s push for acceptance of “onshore natural gas” (i.e.. conventional and unconventional gas).

Date: Thursday 19 June 2014

Time: 2pm-8pm

VenueTorquay Bowls Club, The Esplanade, Torquay

This event seems to have been very poorly promoted by the govenrment, but it is critical that there is strong community participation.

It looks like this is the only event for this region.

http://naturalgasinfo.vic.gov.au/community-engagement/upcoming-events

Remember that the PEP163 exploration area also covers part of Grovedale and Waurn Ponds and that the permit owners “Lakes Oil” directors include Ian Plimer – an active climate change denialist and partly onwed by Gina Reinhart. Their website states “Lakes Oil is not involved in Coal Seam Gas. We do not intend to be involved in Coal Seam Gas.” – They are targetting ways to get around the State ban on tracking as this pro-gas article shows.

If you don’t know what this might mean for our region then this simple Google image search will give you an idea.

Community opposition has already slowed and stopped a number of these projects. Now it’s our time to act. Get informed, turn up and ask the hard questions.. does it mean drilling through water aquifers… can you gain access to my property without my permission … has there been contamination to rivers in other States … etc.

I hope you can make it …

See also:

https://www.facebook.com/FrackFreeGeelong

https://www.facebook.com/FrackFreeMoriac

http://www.lockthegate.org.au

http://www.lakesoil.com.au/index.php/permits/onshore-otway-basin-vic

http://coalseamgasnews.org/opinion/

http://csgfreenorthernrivers.org

Transition South Barwon
http://transitionsouthbarwon.groupsite.com
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/initiatives/south-barwon



Frack Free Moriac wrote:

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