I write to you all with some rather positive news. On Sunday, The Age, reported information about a leaked email from Shaun Leane (Labor MLC), who sits on the inquiry committee. The Age reported that Mr Leane, has sought a permanent ban on fracking. Below is the link to The Age article:
This news is certainly welcomed, although a little surprising as the final report has not yet been completed.
Gasfield Free communities across Victoria, are now starting a campaign to reach out the committee for the final time, before recommendations are finalised. We need you to be involved.
This week, we ask that you contact members of the committee, a select few for week one(see below). It could be a phone call, email, facebook message or tweet, or even a hand written letter. Social media is an effective way to make our voices heard and is very public, so if you use facebook or twitter this is a great opportunity! Then the following week we will give you details of the remaining committee members.
This is our last opportunity to make our voices heard loud and clear, we want a ban on unconventional gas in Victoria. The committee are well and truly educated on the issue, and we now need to keep the pressure up, that they need to be accountable and hold a huge responsibility.
Below we have written a template that can help you write your own.
So please, take the time to write and ask the committee members to stand alongside Mr Leane and recommend a ban on this industry.
Dear ……(eg David Davis)
I appreciate the time and effort you have committed to the parliamentary inquiry into Unconventional Gas.
With the final report soon to be tabled, I thought it was important to acknowledge the work you have carried out and the knowledge you have gained over the past months.
We are fortunate that Victoria has been able to complete this inquiry before the industry has been established. It has allowed all stakeholders to share their concerns.
As you are well aware there are many problems with the unconventional gas industry but more importantly there is NO SOCIAL licence to operate. The fact is over 67communities have now declared themselves gasfield free and wish to have a say on the future of their towns.
Your work on this inquiry is so important and carries a large responsibility. I understand you will document the sentiments of communities in your report but it is your recommendations that I am interested in.
It is clear you are well educated on this matter, so I urge you to recommend a total ban on this industry to ensure rural Victoria’s agriculture, tourism and people are protected from this industry.
WEEK ONE – please contact for week beginning Mon 1st – 8th November
1. David Davis (Liberal MLC - Southern Metro Region)
Address - Shop 4 976 Riversdale Rd. Surrey Hills VIC 3127. Phone - 03 98886244
2. Harriet Shing (Labor MLC - Eastern Vic region)
Address - Unit 1, 9 Napier Street, Warragul, VIC 3820 Phone (03) 5622 3050
3. Daniel Young (Shooters Fishers Party- Northern Vic region)
Address - Shop 5, 30 Wallis Street, Seymour, VIC 3660 Phone (03) 5799 1331
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0474 803 740
Facebook page: Coal & Gas Free Victoria
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