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for Eastern Victoria, Me-
lina Bath, last week criti-
cised the Andrews Gov-
ernment for not taking a
more forthright stance on
the future of onshore gas
exploration and mining.
She was speaking in
Parliament last week af-
ter the tabling of the final
report of the Standing
Committee on the Envi-
ronment and Planning in-
quiry into onshore uncon-
While the government
accepted the recommen-
dation from the report,
that additional studies
should be undertaken
into unconventional gas,
including a review into
potential health impacts
before a decision is made
on the industry’s future,
Ms Bath said they should
have gone further.
A member of the State
ment and Planning Com-
mittee, she said that while
it was “very clear to me
and to my coalition col-
leagues that there is still
much work to be done in
investigating this issue”,
a further five-year ban
on all onshore gas explo -
ration and extraction is
“My concern is that ban-
ning the unconventional
gas industry in Victoria
does not address the on-
shore conventional gas
industry. Our proposed
moratorium covers a hold
on granting exploration li-
cences for all types of on-
shore gas — tight, shale,
coal seam and conven-
tional gas. Labor’s ban on
unconventional gas could
potentially mean wells
could pop up on proper-
ties around the state in no
time, and I do not believe
we are at the stage to let
any onshore gas activity
go ahead as inherent risks
such as aquifer contami-
nation are similar to those
of mining unconventional
“Under no circumstanc-
es can we put the health of
our natural environment
at risk, because Victoria’s
farming economy is criti-
cal to the health of our
The committee’s final
report, tabled in the Leg-
islative Council on Tues-
day, was unable to reach a
consensus on whether to
impose a five-year or per-
manent ban on the sector.
However, it recommend-
ed the Government inves-
tigate further health and
water studies around coal
seam gas extraction, in-
creased water monitoring,
and improved rights for
landholders who have gas
reserves on their proper-
Lock The Gate spokes-
woman, Ursula Alquier,
said on ABC Radio last
week that the failure to
make a decision would
leave local landowners in
She called on the State
Government to reject the
short-term gains associ-
ated with coal seam gas
and instead provide cer-
tainty to the state’s dairy
Victorian Farmers Fed-
eration president Peter
Tuohey said they would
fight any attempts by the
Victorian Government to
revoke the current mora-
“Until they get the sci-
ence right and the extrac-
tion methods right, where
it’s not going to have any
then and only then do we
want to see coal seam gas
“We have some real
concerns around the en-
vironmental impacts, so
we need to see the science
proven that it’s going to be
safe and isn’t going to have
any detrimental effects,
particularly to ground wa-
The committee’s find-
ings, and the prospect of
an extended moratorium,
have been the subject of
intense scrutiny by the gas
Lakes Oil had flagged its
interest in exploring tight
and shale gas reserves in
the Otway and Gippsland
Chairman of Lakes Oil,
a Gippsland and Otway li-
cence holder, Rob Annells
said moves to extend the
ban would close the door
on investment in Victoria
and drive up gas prices.
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Boot Sale. Cake stall, sausage sizzle, Devonshire teas.
CHANGES are coming to Bass Coast
time’ in February.
And not a moment too soon, because
the wheels fell off at the final council
meeting of the year in Cowes.
Amid several gallery members inter-
jecting at random times, querying why
their question had been missed or not
answered satisfactorily, one local resi-
dent, Lou Pecora of Surf Beach, stood up
and took aim at newly-elected mayor, Cr
When responding to one of two ques-
tions submitted by Mr Pecora regarding a
sealed road between Surf Beach and Sun-
derland Bay being returned to gravel, the
mayor doled out another stock-standard
response penned by council officers.
Mr Pecora interrupted her, clearly exas-
“Can we get a variation to this standard
answer?” he demanded.
“Every time we ask a question we get
the same response.
“Let’s get a human answer, please!
“I think everyone is sick of the same
Rather than reach for the gavel, Cr
Crugnale simply nodded in agreement.
“Yeah, I am too,” she said.
“Good, so we don’t need to read that,”
Mr Pecora continued.
Cr Crugnale then reminded the gallery
that council is currently reviewing the
question time format and improvements
will be made next year.
She noted that question time at South
Gippsland is held before regular council
meetings, allowing submitters to elabo-
rate on their questions in a more infor-
Surf Beach resident Lou Pecora wasn’t happy with an answer he received
during the final 2015 Bass Coast Shire Council meeting. G015015
Question time in a shambles
Ban all onshore gas
for another five years
THE Prom Country Regional Tourism (PCRT) board
has just released its newest travel video.
It explores the route from Loch to Mirboo North.
Launched online, the video can be found at https://
The businesses featured include the Loch Brew-
ery and Distillery, the antique shops of Loch, gal-
leries, Prom Country Cheese, wineries, Coal Creek,
streetscapes, natural attractions, walks and scenic
Filming has been completed for the Toora to Tar-
ra Bulga travel video and is expected to be launched
In April 2015, PCRT launched its Inverloch video
discovering the route from Kilcunda to Venus Bay.
In February 2014, PCRT launched the first series
of travel videos: Cape Liptrap to Foster, and Wilsons
Promontory National Park.
The travel videos are available for visitors on www.
promcountry.com.au, www.pretravelvideo.com, www.
youtube.com, www.facebook.com and other tourism
Mossvale Park features on a new travel video pro-
moting Prom Country which was launched recently.
Virtual tour to attract
visitors to the real thing
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