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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

Meet the team – June

Every month we’ll be getting to know a new CAMer and putting them through their paces with our 20 Questions.

And in the month of June, who better to meet than Jane!

1. Likes
Russian doorstop novels, leatherman multi-tools, cooking with spices, bushwalking, Melbourne, sleeping in.

2. Dislikes
The pressure to own the latest cool gadget, amusement park rides that spin you around, chokos, those people who come to your door trying to get you to change electricity providers.

3. What do you do?
Right now I’m finishing off some studies, being a parent to two small children, and starting up a small business. Yes, I’m way too busy.

4. What’s your background?
I grew up in Sydney, moved around a fair bit including stints in Cairns and the Blue Mts, fell in love with Melbourne and wouldn’t live anywhere else. My work background is mainly in communications, though I’ve worked in a variety of fields. (more…)

June 16, 2010 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

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

Meet the team – May

Every month we’ll be getting to know a new CAMer and putting them through their paces with our 20 Questions.

This month we meet our resident designer Wayne.

1 Likes
Politics (I know – I’m strange), films, movies, art, most sport – especially AFL (come on Port), Brandkarma.com, cappuccino, brunch, Yorkshire puddings, NGOs, bush-walking, camping, Yoga, oh and my bike.

2 Dislikes
Right wing conservative media commentators, vested interests, Collingwood football club, people who are rude, really hot days (anything over 40), most politicians and tv commercials.

3 What do you do?
I’m a Graphic Designer and Community Campaigner

4 When was the last time you gave to charity?
Last month – my nephew has cancer and we’re trying to raise money for his treatment http://www.ashleysfund.blogspot.com/

Continue Reading May 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

Door-knocking success with Hazelwood campaign

40 supporters of Climate Action Moreland have door-knocked and leafleted more than 2500 Brunswick homes to launch a new strategy to engage the community on climate issues in this key election year.

The door-knocking, on 17 April and 2 May, will continue at least once a month, with a focus on the campaign to replace Hazelwood power station, the dirtiest in the developed world. It was supposed to close in 2005, but the government extended its licence for another 25 years. Hazelwood is a national embarrassment, 80% foreign owned and responsible for 3% of Australia’s and almost 15% of Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Action Moreland wants it shut down by 2012 and replaced with renewable energy. We want the government to make shutting down Hazelwood an election promise, but they’ll only do that if we can show there is real community concern on the issue.  So we’re taking the issue to the streets of Brunswick… door by door! (more…)

May 11, 2010 at 3:13 pm 1 comment

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