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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  • Tony Butterworth
    signed 2014-03-23 23:50:00 +1100
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  • @OccupyLatrobe tweeted link to this page. 2014-03-23 23:39:26 +1100
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  • David Hollis
    signed 2014-03-23 23:38:58 +1100
  • Silvana Summerfield
    signed 2014-03-23 23:34:35 +1100
  • Linda Barraclough
    signed 2014-03-23 23:31:43 +1100
    The lack of effective government action is deeply disappointing – we are left with the feeling that we are third-world citizens.
  • Maria Schiavello
    signed 2014-03-23 23:27:38 +1100
  • Jane Grieco
    signed 2014-03-23 23:18:51 +1100
    Absolutely ashamed of how governments have treated their citizens. Time we started by changing our vote as the people that were voted in don’t care about us.
  • Sheryl Rockall
    signed 2014-03-23 02:42:37 +1100
    I had to leave my home on 2 occasions for 10 days each time to help me get over severe chest infections….Will these infections have any long term effects on my health?
  • Olivia Brewer
    signed 2014-03-22 23:18:57 +1100
    That assistance is for all residents even if they do not have a hcc or pen card. Because we are suffering too!
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  • Jannean Dean
    signed via 2014-03-22 23:12:20 +1100
    I am ashamed of the governments inaction and GDF’s negligence. It is an absolute disgrace how this crisis has been mis-managed!
  • Danae Callaghan
    signed via 2014-03-22 13:35:05 +1100
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  • Wendy Farmer
    signed 2014-03-22 13:27:19 +1100
    This should also look at the impact that this disaster has had on the whole of the Latrobe Valley.