Edition #97 - October 2011


Friends of the Earth (FoE) Australia

Monthly electronic bulletin

Early October 2011, Edition [# 97]




Once again its been a fair gap between newsletters, again a reflection of how busy things have been.

I thought I would send a quick email to let you know about our CSG roadshow, which starts this Monday in western Victoria. Details below.

Wishing you the best







  • Roadshow brings leading anti-CSG campaigner to regional Victoria
  • CSG petition
  • What is the real cost of Ted Baillieu’s wind energy policy?





Roadshow brings leading anti-CSG campaigner to regional Victoria - starts monday


Friends of the Earth will hold a series of forums in western Victoria to highlight the threat posed by the expansion of Coal Seam Gas (CSG), coal, and shale gas in the region, featuring leading anti-CSG campaigner Drew Hutton.

These forums start next monday. Events are planned in Warrnambool, Colac, Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne.

Drew Hutton is the president of the Lock the Gate Alliance which has brought together farmers and environmentalists in a powerful campaign against coal seam gas in Queensland. He is also Friends of the Earth’s national spokesperson on the issue.

Victoria is seeing a surge in coal seam gas exploration. This will threaten landscapes, ground water, communities and food security. Proposed new fossil fuel operations will also have a massive climate change impact. Our best chance to stop this industry before it gets started.

Each forum will also feature a speaker from the Environment Defenders Office who will outline landholders’ rights when it comes to CSG and coal exploration and mining.


Regional forum details:


Oct 3: Warrnambool

Oct 4: Colac

Oct 5: Ballarat

Oct 6: Geelong

Oct 7: 


7.30pm, Friday, 7 October 2011

New Council Chambers, Trades Hall, cnr Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton

Includes Drew Hutton from Lock the Gate and a speaker from Doctors for the Environment.

These are free events. All welcome.

Please check here for the full schedule, plus contact details for local hosts. http://www.melbourne.foe.org.au/?q=node/992


CSG petition

Please support our petition, calling for a ban on coal seam gas and new coal mining operations



What is the real cost of Ted Baillieu’s wind energy policy?

In late August, the Baillieu government implemented new planning rules which  place large sections of Victoria off-limits to wind farm developments through the creation of No Go zones, and set in place a 2 kilometre ‘right of veto’, whereby a single household can block any turbines within 2 kilometres of their home.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy said he did not believe the two kilometre set-back policy would stop developers investing in wind energy Victoria.

However, the facts of the matter suggest otherwise. Already we have seen one project abandoned and a number of others – including four potential community owned projects – put at grave risk.

After a quick assessment, FoE found that in just three weeks this new policy was already impacting on employment opportunities and investment.

We identified up to $955 million in lost or stalled investment and around 580 direct jobs in construction, and more than 57 on-going jobs in management of wind projects that are lost or stalled in the wind sector.  

You can see the report here: http://www.melbourne.foe.org.au/?q=node/1007

Maps show where you can’t build a wind farm in Victoria

We also reproduced maps which show where you can’t build wind farms, under coalition policy,  including the 2km setback from houses and 10km buffers around national parks.

Sadly, the four community wind farm projects currently being developed around the state are not possible under the new guidelines.




Further information on FoEA.



Friends of the Earth (FoE) Australia is a federation of 12 independent local groups and 8 affiliate groups who are working towards an environmentally sustainable and socially equitable future.

Through a combination of research, community outreach, direct action, lobbying and offering positive alternatives, FoE seeks to work in alliances with other like-minded groups and individuals to achieve the necessary social change which will allow for environmental protection with full protection for the rights of all people.

Although the bulk of the work of FoE is carried out by the local groups, we also have a number of national campaigns and projects. In 2011, these include the nuclear & clean energy, and climate justice campaigns and the Indigenous land and rights, environment and population, nanotechnology, and water projects.


To financially support our work, please see:



You can find us on social media sites here:






http://twitter.com/sixde6rees - the coal campaign at FoE Brisbane 




There are a number of other email bulletins produced by FoE:


Local groups newsletters:

            For people living in Victoria, there is a fortnightly email bulletin: you can subscribe at: http://www.melbourne.foe.org.au/ or by emailing Justin: [email protected]

            For people living in Queensland, there is a regular email bulletin: you can subscribe at: http://www.brisbane.foe.org.au/

            For people living in South Australia, there is a regular email bulletin: you can subscribe by emailing Shani: [email protected]


national campaigns & projects:

            There is a national nuclear campaign newsletter: to subscribe, email Jim Green [email protected]

            To subscribe to the nanotechnology project newsletter, contact Georgia Miller: [email protected]

            To subscribe to the climate justice monthly email newsletter, contact Cam, with SUBSCRIBE CLIMATE JUSTICE in the subject line. [email protected]





FoE Australia has a national liaison office:

Box 222, Fitzroy, 3065.

Ph 03 -9419 8700

Fax 03 - 9416 2081

Email: [email protected]




See: http://www.foe.org.au/about-us/starting-a-friends-of-the-earth-group

for details on starting a FoE group.


For any enquiries about this list, including change of address details, please contact Cam: [email protected]