Category: Minister for Resources

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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Protecting Our Agricultural Heartland From Fracking

Farmers in Gippsland have thrown their support behind the Andrews Labor Government’s move to permanently ban hydraulic fracking and extraction of coal seam gas. Minister for Resources Wade Noonan today visited local farms in Lindenow and Longford – an area of Gippsland world-renowned for its dairy and fresh produce. Victoria’s agricultural sector exports about $12 […]

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No More Fracking: South-West Farmers Have Their Say

The Andrews Labor Government’s move to permanently ban fracking for gas continues to build support with farmers near Victoria’s surf coast saying they want the practice outlawed for good. Minister for Resources Wade Noonan was taken on a guided tour through a local farm in Bambra, inland of Aireys Inlet, where he spoke to community […]

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Liberals, Nationals Need To Come Clean On Fracking

Minister for Resources Wade Noonan has urged Victoria’s Liberal and Nationals to reveal their stance on fracking, in the wake of their South Australian colleagues committing to a 10-year moratorium for unconventional gas. Liberal South Australian Opposition Leader Steven Marshall has made an election commitment for a moratorium on unconventional gas less than a week […]

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On Target For Victoria’s Next Gold Rush

The Andrews Labor Government is inviting licensed explorers in northern Victoria to apply for grants to search for gold and base metals in the northern part of the Bendigo geological province. The funding is available on an industry-matched basis to mineral exploration companies as part of the second round of grants from our $15 million […]

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

Liberals And Nationals Fracture On Fracking

It has been four weeks since the Andrews Labor Government announced the nation’s first permanent ban on fracking and coal seam gas, yet it is still unclear whether the Liberals and Nationals will support the ban. Farming communities across Victoria have been calling for a ban on unconventional gas for years, and the Labor Government […]

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