Category: Minister for Resources

New Grants Target A Gold Rush To Create Jobs

The hunt for gold in northern central Victoria will accelerate minerals exploration and create jobs as companies take advantage of the Andrews Labor Government’s TARGET grants program. The second round of grants will see more than $1.2 million awarded to Victorian companies for five new projects. The $15 million TARGET program encourages explorers to invest […]

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Giving our regional communities certainty on gas

The Andrews Labor Government is giving farmers and regional communities the certainty they deserve by banning fracking and getting on with a geoscience program to better understand Victoria’s gas supplies. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 includes $42.5 million over four years to fund the Victorian Gas Program – a comprehensive study spearheaded by the state’s Lead […]

Categories: Eastern Victoria Region, Media Release, Minister for Resources, Northern Victoria Region, Western Victoria Region

Liberals, Nationals Show They Are Fakes On Fracking

Victorian Liberals and Nationals have again betrayed farmers and abandoned regional Victoria by voting against a motion calling on Commonwealth support for the Andrews Labor Government’s historic Fracking Ban Bill. Matthew Guy has today proved he would rather side with the Sydney-centric Liberal Prime Minister than the people of Victoria. Liberals and Nationals voted against […]

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New Commissioner To Oversee Latrobe Valley Mine Rehab

The Andrews Labor Government has today introduced a Bill into Parliament to establish the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner. The Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment (Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner) Bill 2017 will set up the statutory office of the Commissioner to monitor and audit mine rehabilitation, and consult local communities. This delivers on a […]

Categories: Eastern Victoria Region, Media Release, Minister for Resources

Fracking Banned In Victoria, Giving Certainty To Farmers

Victoria’s farmers and our proud regional communities now have certainty after the Andrews Labor Government’s historic Fracking Ban Bill passed the Victorian Parliament. The Resources Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Bill 2016 passed through the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament without amendment this afternoon. Farming communities across Victoria have been calling for a ban on […]

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Liberals, Nationals In A Fracking Bill Flip-Flop

After years of indecision and inaction about onshore gas in Victoria, the Liberals and Nationals are again dragging their feet and refusing to support the Andrews Labor Government’s historic Fracking Ban Bill without amendment. The Resources Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Bill 2016 returns to the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament this week. After openly […]

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Latrobe Valley Mine Rehab Committee Looks To The Future

The future of Gippsland’s three open-cut coal mines will be the focus of the newly-formed Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Advisory Committee. Minister for Resources Wade Noonan today met members of the Committee who held their first meeting in Morwell. The Andrews Labor Government established the Committee in response to the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry. Committee […]

Categories: Eastern Victoria Region, Media Release, Minister for Resources

Giving The Stawell Community A Say On Big Hill Mine

The Stawell community will have a greater voice on any proposal to revive the open-cut gold mine along Big Hill ridge under a new assessment process announced by the Andrews Labor Government. The process ensures that any new plan from Stawell Gold Mines Pty Ltd addresses issues including public health risks, noise and air quality. […]

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Banning Fracking Once And For All

Landmark legislation to permanently ban fracking for gas will today return to the Victorian Parliament as the Andrews Labor Government puts regional communities first to protect our clean and green reputation. Victorians have overwhelmingly embraced a ban on fracking to support farmers, the environment and the state’s vital food and fibre sector. In a national […]

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Liberals And Nationals Refuse To Stand By Victorian Farmers

The Victorian Liberals and Nationals must now decide whether they back Victorian farmers and support a ban on fracking – or are craven to the Sydney-centric Prime Minister. In an attempt to distract from his own issues, the Prime Minister has criticised the Andrews Labor Government for its decision to ban fracking in Victoria. We […]

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