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Apparently our coastal land is not sinking.
Well, government should sack the contractor who erected this fence!!!​
Read more on our coastal subsidence issues here
November 20,2014

In light of ALP's pledge to change the buffer zone for wind turbines to 1km rather than the 2km mark is extremely welcome 
but how about evening up the stats. This is Victoria now for buffers and it was one the Coalition government’s greatest injustices in recent years that they place wind turbines at 2km from a residential house anywhere in Victoria yet introduce legislation in 2012 that allows a power station to be built within 1km of a residence. Read more on buffers here.

Yallourn Open Cut Coal Mine

As the wind blew fiercely on Thursday 31 July did Victoria's chief health office, Rosemary Lester, consider informing people downwind of the three Latrobe Valley open cut coal mines that, maybe, they should consider shutting their windows and staying indoors to prevent those at risk from being impacted by toxic dust particles. 
read Community Over Mining's submission into dust particles PM2.5 and PM10

Plugged and abandoned wells 
Why we need legislation
November 8, 2014
"This situation where onerous obligations and financial burdens are imposed on unsuspecting land owners and uninformed buyers of the land, having the responsibility of maintaining this well mentioned or any of these wells that remain, from three decades ago is unfair and highly unsatisfactory," Mrs Nulty said.

Lets revisit the nuclear discussion and where it sits in Gippsland
See new article by COM's favourite investigative journalist and connection with Ignite EL4968
March 12, 2014
'The Liberal Party's nuclear dreams: The strange case of Dr John White and Ignite' 
Why Victoria should be worried. The Feds are about to delegate environmental power to the States including Nuclear. The Napthine Government can't even manage a coal mine so how the hell can they manage nuclear.

Morwell Mine Fire disaster – 
An act of willful neglect by the Coalition Government
March 11, 2014  
How can a modern age Government in a first world country have a third world mentality and treat their communities with such disregard.

Agriculture worth over mining - the hyprocrisy of the National Party philosophy 
Why won't the Nationals exempt the Macalister Irrigation District from onshore gas development
​February 11, 2014
CSG Free Maffra and Districts group are campaigning farmers to take action by writing to MP's requesting that the Mining Minister exempt Gippsland's most prime agriculture area from mining development. Will the Coalition Government listen?

New Gippsland Open Cut Mine proposed
Will Ignite Energy (close friend of the Liberals) be given preferential treatment to develop an open cut mine without due regard to its geographical instability.
​December 8, 2013
Gelliondale Resources Limited (a subsidiary of Ignite) have applied for a Retention Licence to mine coal in South Gippsland yet this area is unstable because of past and ongoing offshore oil and gas extraction and an increase in seismic activity. But Ignite don't care. They just want the resource to sell off overseas and happy to leave another Gippsland coastal town in ruins. This story connects with the three below for subsidencenuclear (Ignite) and bio regional assessments (if the IES committee does its job properply, this area of Gippsland should never be touched because the taxpayer is already paying big monies for the existing environmental legacy let alone for the future). 

To the State and Federal Coalition Governments – why are you hiding the issue of land subsidence in Gippsland from the people.

While Gippsland landowners suffer ongoing land subsidence caused by years of off-shore oil & gas extraction and dewatering from Latrobe Valley coal mines, our Coalition Governments are busy scheming to make it worse. You will be able to read more to show why you should be concerned about Governments irresponsible plans to expand the resource industry even more.

“Is the Wonthaggi desalination plant set up for nuclear power?”
September 6, 2013
Is there a connection between certain public documents, a proposed Gippsland transport route for coal and Ignite Energy Resources?  
Can we anticipate NUCLEAR = Gippsland! 

What is govt not doing
What is the Independent Expert Scientific Committee IESC up to – not much!
September 6, 2013
Apparently, we have no significant risks in Victoria that warrant a referral to the IESC committee for onshore CSG development or large coal mine develoment. Under the headings of ecology, hydrology and geology seemingly all is just peachy and ripe for the picking! Does this mean someone is not doing their job properly or maybe they are deliberately wanting these issues to stay under the radar.

​If the water is removed from the coal seams as planned over such a vast area of Queensland we are  going to see uncontrollable volumes of gas leak from open mineral exploration test holes and we will also witness the depletion 
of many of our aquifers via these holes.

This will be without a doubt the greatest environmental disaster ever on inland 
- See story here 
Comment - All other states should be using  Gippsland Victoria as an example of what happens with years of groundwater extraction when allowing industry to proceed unchecked whilst  govt have their heads in the sand trying to hide the permanent damage that is done that cannot be undone.
Onshore Unconventional Gas

Mining: Principles in Victorian Law  Part1

‘What other private commercial entity 
can enter your land without your permission for the sole purpose of 
making a profit and, adding insult to injury, eventually leave your 
property worthless?’
- John Nader QC (The Land Article, ‘Mining Acts Need Severe Surgery’)

Community Over Mining Briefing paper prepared for Gippsland 2020
November 2014

Part 11 to be released mid 2015. ‘In undertaking this research we have managed to unearth some serious problems and anomalies that are deliberately withheld from public knowledge –why?’
 Independent Australia 
story - citizen journalism