Category: Minister for Resources

Victoria’s Rock Solid Approach To Gas

Minister for Resources Tim Pallas today launched the first Victorian Gas Program Progress Report, with initial analysis showing Victoria’s onshore conventional gas resources are much smaller than its vast offshore resources. He launched the report with Victoria’s Lead Scientist Dr Amanda Caples at the Core Library in Werribee, where they discussed samples of rock from […]

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Federal Gas Scheme A Fracking Disaster

The Andrews Labor Government has slammed Malcolm Turnbull for playing favourites with its gas policy — hurting Victorian households, businesses and industry. The Turnbull Government today announced it will reward onshore fracking projects but not fund gas development opportunities off the Victorian coast under its biased Gas Acceleration Program (GAP) policy. Even drilling from onshore […]

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Six-Point Plan To Improve Mine And Quarry Regulation

The Andrews Labor Government is acting to ensure Victoria’s quarries and mines can provide local materials for its record investment in infrastructure and Victorian homes. With the record investment into new rail, road, and building projects, including schools and hospitals, it is crucial the earth resources sector can deliver the construction materials needed, while supporting […]

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Victoria’s Economic Growth Continues Above Trend

Victoria has experienced more than two consecutive years of above trend growth, according to the ANZ Stateometer Report released today. Housing, labour and trade were all positive contributors to Victoria’s economy in the September quarter, with population growth fuelling strong demand for housing. The report notes first home buyers have re-entered the market, assisted by […]

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Victorian Gas Research In Full Flight

The Andrews Labor Government is taking the search for future offshore gas resources to new heights by using hi-tech aircraft for aerial gravity surveying. Minister for Resources Tim Pallas announced the initiative today during an opening address to the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne. The surveying is part of the $42.5 million Victorian […]

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New Rehab Bonds For Latrobe Valley Coal Mines

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Latrobe Valley communities greater confidence in mine safety and rehabilitation by announcing new security bonds for the three local mine operators. The new bonds address recommendations from the reopened 2015/16 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry. The Board of Inquiry found that current rehabilitation bonds for each coal mine were insufficient […]

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Bendigo’s Billion Dollar Gold Rush

More than a billion dollars’ worth of gold has been discovered near Bendigo – setting the scene for a 21st century gold rush in Central Victoria. Minister for Resources Wade Noonan toured Fosterville Gold Mine this week, where Kirkland Lake Gold has discovered more than a million ounces of gold, worth more than $1.1 billion. […]

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Future Uses Of Coal In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled a new policy that will drive investment, create jobs and balance environmental needs in future Victorian coal projects. The Statement on Future Uses of Brown Coal provides clarity to industry and local communities about uses of Victoria’s brown coal reserves in a low-emissions setting. The policy supports projects that […]

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First Latrobe Valley Mine Rehab Commissioner Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government has appointed Professor Rae Mackay as the first Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner. Professor Mackay, a Latrobe Valley local, has more than three decades of experience as an engineer, hydro-geologist and academic both in Australia and around the world. He has most recently served as the Director of Federation University’s Geotechnical […]

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Giving Communities A Voice On Mining Projects

The Andrews Labor Government is empowering Victorian communities to have a greater voice on local mine and quarry proposals, with the launch of a new public education program. Not-for-profit community legal centre Environmental Justice Australia (EJA) will receive $50,000 from the Labor Government’s Community Education Grant Program to help Victorians engage in the process of […]

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