Voices of the Valley

Voices of the Valley aim to protect and inform the Latrobe Valley Community, tap into the ideas of the community; advocate for resources on behalf of the Latrobe Valley Community; identify risks and needs and funding required to meet these; advocate on behalf of the health and well-being needs of the Latrobe Valley community; and to collect, retain and disseminate data of relevance to the health and well-being of the Latrobe Valley communit

National Pollutant Inventory Recap

On Friday April 15th, we were taken by surprise at the abrupt release of this year’s NPI data. We had expected the release a few weeks earlier but unexplained delays left us uncertain about when it would be made available. Immediately, we jumped into action and spent the weekend finding...

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Latest national air pollution data shows dangerous hikes in emissions

Just released annual air pollution data shows yet another hike in air pollution across Australia, with the coal industry the top contributor, indicating a failure of federal and state regulation which is creating a significant burden for community health and costing taxpayers an estimated $11-24.3 billion each year, according to...

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Hazelwood mine fire report: health recommendations welcome but prevention is better than cure

This part of the Inquiry looked at “short, medium and long term measures to improve the health of the Latrobe Valley communities having regard to any health impacts identified by the Board as being associated with the Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire”. “The Inquiry found that it was likely that there...

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Hazelwood Mine Fire: Time for GDF-Suez and government to accept responsibility

Expert testimony at the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry today made it clear that the fire had significantly affected the health of Latrobe Valley residents. “The expert’s findings convey a clear message that the coal mine fire has significantly affected the health of local residents, and probably caused deaths of people...

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Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry wrap-up

These hearings are of huge importance to the people of the Latrobe Valley. Questions about whether exposure for several weeks to the air pollution caused by the fire has resulted in deaths or serious health problems have plagued local residents since February 2014 when a cloud of toxic smoke blanket the area. Local people...

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Hazelwood Mine Fire: Hearings into deaths to commence

“These hearings are of huge importance to the people of the Latrobe Valley. The fact that the Hazelwood Mine Fire inquiry was reopened shows the health effects of coal air pollution are a serious concern of the community.” said Felicity Millner, Director of Litigation at Environmental Justice Australia, who are...

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Hazelwood: Reopened inquiry to examine air pollution death spike

Environmental Justice Australia has acted for community group Voices of the Valley throughout the process and helped the group to achieve the re-opening of the inquiry to consider whether there was a short term spike in deaths from exposure to the air pollution caused by the mine fire. The community...

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Hazelwood mine fire: Inquiry a chance for answers on deaths

Environmental Justice Australia has been working with Latrobe Valley residents since the fire began. We supported Voices of the Valley in their call for an inquiry, and then for the inquiry to be re-opened to consider deaths from the fire. It’s very welcome to see that the Andrews government is...

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Health and environment groups call for national Air Pollution Prevention Act to reverse dangerous increases in air pollution

The groups (1) are calling for an independent regulator to enforce national standards and ensure hefty penalties for polluters which breach pollution controls, as well as to ensure proper pollution monitoring and data collection. New analysis of the latest annual National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) data(2), and mapping of...

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