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Photos from the Replace Hazelwood Rally

These photos were taken at the Rally to Replace ALL of Hazelwood that happened on Saturday 6th November 2010.

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5,000 protesters gathered at the steps of the State Library on Swanston Street and walked peacefully to Parliament House. The message, to urge all political parties in the lead up to the State election on 27th November to commit to replace Hazelwood power station, the countries worst polluting power station, in the next term of government with renewable energy.

November 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

How not to conduct an interview

As a part of working with CAM I’ve needed to find some new skills. A few of those skills are:

  • keeping your banner from drooping in the middle when at a protest march.
  • writing to politicians, demanding action on the greatest moral challenge of our time, without swearing.
  • knocking on a complete stranger’s door and asking them to help close a power station.

But the most recent skill that I’ve acquired, in order to bring you all the best local climate news, is how to conduct an interview. And my first interview ever was with long-serving member for Brunswick Carlo Carli.

First rule of journalism, be prepared
After playing email tag for a couple of weeks it was proving difficult to find a mutual alignment of our diaries. Thinking I’d have better luck arranging a date and time using the powers of speech rather than type, I decided to ring Carlo’s office.

I was expecting Carlo either not be there or to be unavailable to take a call. So was somewhat surprised when I got straight through. Carlo kindly suggested that we do the interview over the phone. Diary at the ready I was also surprised when Carlo suggested we just do it now. “Yes, thanks – that’ll be great” was my reply – but in my head I was thinking What – now! C**p,  I’m completely unprepared. (more…)

July 20, 2010 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

Morelanders protest government stance on dirty power giant

Locals conduct massive door-knocking campaign, put pressure on ALP candidate

Members of a local community group will protest on Sydney Road on Saturday as part of an ongoing campaign to replace Australia’s dirtiest power station at Hazelwood in the La Trobe valley. Community groups around the country are mobilising to call for the closing of Hazelwood, and Climate Action Moreland has played a crucial role in putting pressure on State and Federal politicians. (more…)

July 16, 2010 at 8:42 am Leave a comment

Brumby can’t see the world’s biggest polluter through the smokestacks!

The problem is Hazelwood but Brumby can’t see the solution

Deep thinking Brumby

Our campaign to close the Hazelwood power station is working. How else would you explain the Brumby government, four months out from the State election, leaking to the Age that they are contemplating closing one quarter of Hazelwood? But … one quarter? That’s only half of half the job!

The announcement is big news and shows that all our efforts are really making a difference. It shows that grassroots campaigning, like door knocking and holding community stalls, is really successful. (more…)

July 11, 2010 at 12:12 pm 1 comment

“Replace Hazelwood” says local Federal MP to Parliament

Local Federal MP Kelvin Thompson has called on the Federal Parliament to support replacing Australia’s dirtiest power station. “Australians are hungry for action to tackle carbon emissions” stated Thompson, who acknowledged that he has been contacted by many of his constituents urging “strong, effective, urgent action” to reduce emissions.

Kelvin Thomson

Kelvin Thomson

Thompson championed Environment Victoria’s report: Fast-tracking Victoria’s clean energy future to replace Hazelwood power station, which outlines a plan for transitioning to other energy sources by 2013. He noted that “replacing Hazelwood will not only cut Victoria’s carbon emissions by over 10 per cent; it will free up 27 billion litres of water each year”. (more…)

July 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Hazelwood power station – A brief history

Everything you wanted to know about Hazelwood, but was afraid to ask.

THE EARLY YEARS
Vintage photo of Hazelwood power station from the sky

47 years of pollution.

1949 – The State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV) begins developing the brown coal reserves at Morewell, also known as the ‘Morwell Project’.

1959 Hazelwood Power Station is approved. It’s planned to consist of six 200 MW generating units, giving a total generating capacity of 1,200 MW.

1963 Growing demand for electricity forces the SECV to review this capacity.

1964 Hazelwood begins its commission.

1965 Approval of two additional units is granted.

1971 After twelve years Hazelwood is finally fully functional producing 1,600 megawatts of base load electricity. (more…)

June 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm 4 comments

Climate Action Moreland goes national

It was late January when Climate Action Moreland decided that this year we were going to embrace the Hazelwood campaign, and push ourselves into an activity that we’d never tried before – doorknocking house to house. In this double election year, we knew this was the time to take our message out there, to the streets and the people of Brunswick (watch the video here).

Climate Action Moreland members at the Hazelwood protest Sept 2009

And not only has our campaign been successful in Brunswick, but it’s now spread throughout Melbourne and Australia. Inspired by the depth of community support for our campaign in Brunswick, climate action groups around the country are using our doorknocking techniques in their local areas, groups like Climate Action Newtown and Parramatta Climate Action Now in Sydney, as well as our neighbours Darebin Climate Action Now, Yarra Climate Action Now, and Inner West Climate Change Community. (more…)

June 15, 2010 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

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