Recent media coverage


Pregnant mum in new anti-coal scare campaign

Article by Noel Murphy in Surf Coast Times on 12 December 2014.

“SCARE CAMPAIGN: The Surf Coast Air Action tweet linking Alcoa’s Anglesea plant with health risks for unborn babies.
SURF Coast air activists are ramping up Anglesea’s anti-coal scare campaign, accusing Alcoa’s power station of emitting arsenic, lead and mercury near their homes.
Surf Coast Air Action accused Alcoa of arrogance and posted a Twitter a photo of a pregnant woman clasping her stomach in the latest of a long-running campaign against the company’s Anglesea plant.”


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Surf Coast Times on 9 October 2014


Puzzled by Alcoa’s claims about air quality

Letter by SCCA’s Dr Jacinta Morahan in the Surf Coast Times on 2 October 2014 on the astonishing (and frequently repeated) claims that Alcoa’s polluting Anglesea coal plant is ‘safe’, when objective evidence demonstrates that those claims are palpably wrong.

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Clean-up call on smog gas

Article by Greg Dundas in Geelong Advertiser on 29 September 2014 about MP Sarah Henderson’s call in Parliament to tighten controls on SO2 emissions in Anglesea.


Surf Coast fire fear on Alcoa mine

Article by Noel Murphy in Geelong Independent on 26 September 2014.

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Update significant for what it didn’t say

Letter by Andrew Laird to the editor of Surf Coast Times on 11 September 2014.

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Anglesea clean up urged

Article by Greg Dundas in Geelong Advertiser on 8 September 2014.

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The article clarifies the State ALP’s position on the Anglesea coal mine and plant.


Media coverage of the Anglesea coal ‘Shut It Down’ rally which was held on Sunday 10 August 2014:


Coal mine rally attracts a crowd in Anglesea

Letter to the editor of Surf Coast Times by Regina Gleeson, published on 21 August 2014


Anglesea calling: Stop the coal pollution

49-minute podcast broadcasted on 94.7 The Pulse on 13 August 2014 at 11am to 12pm with a report from and comments about the anti-coal rally on 10 August 2014.

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“The huge turnout at the ‘Shut It Down’ rally and march on 10 August 2014 signaled the end of Anglesea coal social licence, which a group of children literally shredded to pieces during the event.”



Stand with the People of Anglesea

Published on youtube.com on 19 August 2014 by GetUp! Australia


Radio interview with Dr Jacinta Morahan

Interview by Daniel Santopietro in The Geelong Review on 94.7 The Pulse on Friday morning 15 August 2014.



Close coal

Front cover story by James Taylor in Surf Coast Times on 14 August 2014

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» The article is also posted on: www.surfcoasttimes.com.au


Anglesea shows its community passion

Section in Surf Coast Shire Mayor Rose Hodge’s column in the Surf Coast Times on 14 August 2014

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Torquay

Column from Councillor David Bell in the Surf Coast Times on 14 August 2014

Having attended the rally on Sunday 10 August, Councillor Bell is well placed to express the view that “The feeling that Alcoa is abandoning the town, leaving behind a mess for someone else to clean up, ran strong in the crowd – they are not happy.”

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Protestors out in force

Article by Greg Dundas in Echo on 15 August 2014

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Protesters urge Alcoa plant shutdown

Short article by John Conroy in The Australian on 13 August 2014.


Citizen’s unite against Alcoa’s dirty brown coal mine and pitiful power plant

Article by Sandi Keane in Independent Australia on 12 August 2014

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Without any regard for community consultation, Alcoa is now calling for “expressions of interest”. Victorians fear that interested companies, including foreign-backed corporations, may be eyeing off the coal that lies beneath the fragile National Estate listed Anglesea Heath as an export opportunity through the port of nearby Geelong.

Denis Napthine once damned the Labor Government as ‘hypocritical when it comes to climate change’ but has watered down the bilateral agreement with the former Labor Government of a 20 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020 to just “aspirational” only. As the saying goes: ‘If you take the King’s shilling, you do the King’s bidding’.



The Anglesea power station

Mark Smith from Surf Coast Air Action joined Mitchell’s Front Page on 94.7 The Pulse to talk about the issue in depth, and why they support the closure of the Anglesea power station. 9-minute phone interview.



Check Alcoa’s claims

Letter by Andrew Laird in The Age on 12 August 2014 concerning the grossly polluting Alcoa brown coal mine and power plant. The letter is no. 10 in the list so you need to scroll down a bit



Clearing the air

Letter by Robert Brown in The Age on 12 August 2014 concerning Alcoa brown coal mine and power plant. The letter is no. 11 in the list so you need to scroll down a bit



Hundreds rally for Alcoa coal mine closure

Article in Sydney Morning Herald on 11 August 2014 about the Anglesea coal ‘Shut It Down’ rally


Battle against mine heats up

Short article in Geelong Advertiser on 11 August 2014 about the Anglesea coal ‘Shut It Down’ rally


Protesters urge Alcoa plant shutdown

Article in Business Spectator on 11 August 2014 about the Anglesea coal ‘Shut It Down’ rally





Coal exports ‘fear’

Front cover article by Noel Murphy in Geelong Independent on 25 July 2014

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Health concern for workers on eve of Alvoa closure

Article by Noel Murphy in Geelong Independent on 25 July 2014

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Alcoa in site sale negotiations

Article by Noel Murphy in Geelong Independent on 18 July 2014

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Corporate spin breaks into a trot

Letter to the Editor by Andrew Laird in Surf Coast Times on 17 July 2014

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“Apparently Alcoa thinks that Anglesea residents should be grateful that it allegedly reduced its world-wide SO2 emissions by 62% by 2010 while spewing out 39,000,000 kg of the known respiratory irritant in close proximity to the Anglesea primary school and homes.”



Alcoa rejects claim of emission target failure

Article by James Tailor in Surf Coast Times on 10 July 2014

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Anglesea beach sign spells out mine message

Article in Surf Coast Times on 26 July 2014



War of words erupts over power station claims

Letters to the editor in Geelong Independent on 13 June 2014

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Shire says Anglesea mine is ideal for federal Direct Action plan

By James Tailor in Surf Coast Times on 29 May 2014

“The Surf Coast Shire is taking a new approach to the future of the Anglesea coal mine and power station, calling on the federal government to clean up or decommission the site through its new Direct Action policy.”



Alcoa gets licence to keep going in Anglesea

By Greg Dundas in Geelong Advertiser on 23 May 2014

“About 80 workers at Alcoa’s Anglesea power station can keep their jobs, at least until the end of this year.”



 

Anglesea brown coal plant relicensed despite local protest

By Tom Arup in The Age on 23 May 2014

“Many locals in Anglesea are campaigning for the power plant to close given its close proximity to town and the air pollution problems it creates. The plant is about 500 metres from the nearest homes and a little over one kilometre from a primary school.”



 

‘No consultation’ over brown coal plant licence

By John Conroy in Business Spectator on 23 May 2014

“The Victorian Essential Services Commission’s decision to grant Alcoa a licence for to continue the Anglesea brown coal power plant has been met with opposition from environmental and community groups.”


Dirt Radio talk to a key spokesperson from Surf Coast Air Action

By Dirt Radio on 3CR 855 AM in Melbourne on 19 May 2014

“We talk to a key spokesperson from Surf Coast Air Action, the campaign working out of Anglesea, a coastal town on the Great Ocean Road, to close down a 60 year old coal mine situated way too close to domestic residences and a primary school.”


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Ruby speaks up for clean air in Anglesea

By Tiffany Pilcher in Surf Coast Times on 8 May 2014

“Anglesea’s Ruby Dingle, 10, makes a film with Surf Coast Air Action’s Cameron Shaw, expressing her opinion on the Point Henry smelter.”



ABC-report-on-powerstation2On Friday 11 April the Shut It Down campaign was featured in a report on 7:30 Victoria on ABC Television:

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“Debating the fate of Alcoa’s coal mine and power station after the closure of the Point Henry smelter.” Video • 6 min 52 sec. By Guy Stayner


RRR Radio Marinara – interview

Surf Coast Air Action spokeswoman Jacinta Morahan said there had been a large number of Anglesea residents who had been “prepared to wear the costs of our health and the costs to our environment to support the jobs in Geelong.”

“But given that this power station no longer supports those jobs, we believe that the damage from this power station can’t be justified,” she said.

“The Victorian energy market doesn’t need the energy produced at the power station, and if anyone buys the energy now it’s at the direct cost of the health of Anglesea residents.”

RRR Radio Marinara interview on April 13 2014:




Calls to close coal mine

By James Taylor in the Surf Coast Times on 10 April 2014


Government urged to close Anglesea power station

By Greg Dundas in the Geelong Advertiser on 20 March 2014


Call to clear the air on Anglesea power plant’s future

By Tom Arup and Beau Donelly in The Age on 19 February 2014 – including 1:30 minute video report


Power station’s future in doubt

By Liam Quinn and John Ferguson in The Australian on 11 January 2014


Alcoa signals raise job fears at Point Henry smelter

By Peter Ker in The Age on 11 January 2014


Alcoa not seeking federal, state funding to continue operations at Point Henry smelter

ABC on 10 January 2014 – including 3:40 minute audio report


Anglesea electricity renewal criticised

By James Taylor in Surf Coast Times on 1 January 2014


Anglesea residents object to Alcoa’s plan to generate electricity

Published on youtube.com on 19 December 2013

“Residents along Victoria’s Surf Coast are up in arms over a move that could see one of the world’s largest aluminium producers sell coal-fired power to the state’s energy grid.”


New fear for Alcoa: Generator bid as profit from subsidy revealed

By John van Klaveren in Geelong Independent on 29 November 2013


Anglesea residents worried about Alcoa health impacts

ABC RN Breakfast on 5 July 2012


Concerns over coal mine expansion

ABC News report uploaded on youtube.com on 9 September 2011

“Division over whether a coal mine should be allowed to expand near Anglesea, a surf coast tourist town.”