Category: Minister for Resources

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. […]

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

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 […]

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

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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Latrobe Valley To Get A New Mine Rehab Commissioner

The Andrews Labor Government will appoint the first Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner after a Bill was passed through Parliament today. The Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment (Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner) Bill 2017 passed without amendment, and will set up the statutory office of the Commissioner. The Commissioner, to be based in Morwell, will […]

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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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