Hazelwood fire disaster - We demand action!

Dear Premier,

I am deeply disappointed by the government's handling of the Hazelwood mine fire disaster. In order to redress this situation, as a matter of urgency, I call on you to:

  1. Create a comprehensive Disaster Relief Fund, which includes: respite accommodation for all residents requesting it; a professional clean up of all houses and buildings affected by coal ash; compensation for all loss of earnings of businesses and individuals; compensation for all health-related and veterinary expenses incurred; compensation for relocation expenses and other expenses incurred as a result of coping with the disaster; additional funding for schools, hospitals, and public services that have strained by dealing with this disaster.
  2. Direct the Chief Health Officer, Dr Rosemary Lester, to commission an independent expert to examine and report publicly on the short term health impacts on Latrobe Valley residents including any increases in hospital presentations and mortality, and identify if there are any likely medium to long-term health risks to residents. If risks are identified, then make recommendations to the Victorian Health Minister regarding any short-comings of the public health system in the Latrobe Valley and the actions required to readdress these issues. The report containing the recommendations must also be tabled in Victorian Parliament. Undertake a baseline health survey and continuing long term health study to ascertain any long term effects.

  3. Amend the terms of reference for the Judicial Inquiry to ensure that the inquiry must: accept public submissions; determine whether the regulations are sufficient to prevent future fires; and report all findings publicly.

Yours Sincerely,

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  • Neil Carless
    signed 2014-03-24 13:24:37 +1100
  • Bradley Shaw
    signed via 2014-03-24 13:24:05 +1100
  • Gary Patton
    signed 2014-03-24 13:22:34 +1100
  • Mark Cummins
    signed 2014-03-24 13:19:50 +1100
    Since it is your lives that are being effected by this exposure to products of combustion that are known carcinogens, you should be informed of every detail involving how the hazard is being handled. They are most likely following the published response recommendations that say digging the coal seam fire is the only proven method of fire control. Digging out a BURNED, ash filled hole in pure and deep coal is a VERY messy and dangerous job. This is OLD, I repeat OLD strategy. When the mine company finishes trying to dig this out they will possibly try the NEW technology that has not been published in the mine fire manuals. The CAFS foam surface application was just a small example of the use of NEW technology for coal fire control. Everyone agrees how it helped turn the surface fire fiasco into a controlled condition to call it out and then turn the subsurface fire fighting (Old Faithfull BS) back to the coal mine company to dig out. The subsurface fire will require the use of new technology.
  • Alisha Mason
    signed 2014-03-24 13:17:59 +1100
  • Michelle Pacunskis
    signed via 2014-03-24 12:43:37 +1100
  • Lisa Shaw
    signed via 2014-03-24 12:40:52 +1100
  • Irene Proebsting
    signed 2014-03-24 12:39:55 +1100
  • Mark Drought
    signed via 2014-03-24 12:30:01 +1100
    Enough is enough .. Get this fire put out and cleaned up.
  • Sharyne Hobbs
    signed via 2014-03-24 12:06:19 +1100
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    Polluted air knows no boundaries, we are all affected. Please sign petition: Hazelwood fire disaster-We demand action!
  • Kevin Neville
    signed 2014-03-24 11:51:43 +1100
    " Never Forget "
  • Kellie Shaw Langan
    signed 2014-03-24 11:48:20 +1100
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  • Kerry Hogarth
    signed 2014-03-24 11:04:11 +1100
  • Nicholas Aberle
    signed 2014-03-24 10:32:25 +1100
  • Colleen Power
    signed 2014-03-24 09:48:11 +1100
  • gail sempel
    signed 2014-03-24 08:23:06 +1100
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  • Anonymous
    signed 2014-03-24 03:16:41 +1100
    Someone help us
  • Paul George
    signed 2014-03-24 03:14:37 +1100
    Cant stand it here now
  • phillip norton
    signed 2014-03-24 01:49:41 +1100
    It still stinks and smoky at night coughing nose bleeds headaches
  • Wayne Boyd
    signed 2014-03-24 00:27:57 +1100
  • Joanne Reeves
    signed 2014-03-24 00:06:14 +1100
    please Help us get the help we all need and our children are suffering

    This is no life for any human to live we have rights and want them upheld
  • Julie Butterworth
    signed 2014-03-24 00:02:05 +1100
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-03-23 23:54:56 +1100
    It will only take a minute of your time to give those in need a voice. Please sign!!
  • Julie Brown
    signed 2014-03-23 23:50:58 +1100
    “The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.”

    -Thomas Jefferson

    I think our government need to start doing their job the right way!!