Friends of the Earth Australia

Coal and Gas Free Victoria

Invasive coal and gas mining projects are threatening farmland and communities across Victoria.

Fracking for coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas is now a real and distinct threat to our water, our health and our land.

A whopping 1.3 million hectares plus of Victorian land has been signed off in licences for new coal and invasive gas projects. This includes most of Gippsland - a region that produces 23% of Australia's milk and some of our best beef and freshest vegetables - and huge swathes of Western Victoria, including some of the state's most cherished destinations along the Great Ocean Road and Otway National Park.

Communities across Victoria, however, are standing up - and are Locking The Gate in the thousands! Through a comprehensive and truly democratic survey process, towns are declaring themselves 'Coal and Gasfield Free' and vowing to do whatever they can to stop this invasive mining from going ahead. Over 60 Victorian towns have now declared and the numbers are continuously building.

However we have only reached the tip of the iceberg - we desperately need your support to reach communities under threat, those we have not yet been able to work with.

If we can Lock the Gate across the state, we can stop this industry from getting the foothold it so desperately needs. If we stand united across the regions, we can stop this industry in its tracks.

Your donation will go directly to:

  • Supporting the tireless work of the two Lock The Gate Victoria Coordinators, Ursula Alquier and Chloe Aldenhoven
  • Organising, publicising and running on public meetings and forums in towns across Victoria (we are expecting to need to put on 100+ of these in 2015 alone)
  • Providing ongoing support, training and materials for communities who are working towards, and beyond, declaring themselves Coal and Gasfield Free

We cannot do this without your help.

Give generously so we can continue to build a network of Coal and Gas Free Communities across Victoria, who are mobilised to protect our land, our water and our communities against invasive coal and gas mining.

N.B. If you would like your donation to be directed to a particular region of Victoria, please include this information in the "Special Message" section provided when completing your donation.

Contact Details

312 Smith Street

Are donations tax deductible?


Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.