On 9 February 2014 fires took hold in the Hazelwood mine in Victoria. The mine burnt for 45 days, sending smoke and ash over Morwell and surrounding areas, and causing extreme harm to the health of the local community. Failed mine rehabilitation was identified as one of the main reasons why the fire burned for so long with such disastrous effects.
Come hear directly from Wendy Farmer, from the La Trobe Valley, president of the local community group which formed during the catastrophic fire. She is travelling to Queensland to tell us her story, to expose the true risks of failed mine rehabilitation and to explain how her group forced an inquiry into the fire which exposed the true death toll and health impacts on the community.
There’s so many lessons for Queensland to learn from what happened, and fixing mine rehabilitation urgently is just one of them.
Wendy is passionate about working towards positive solutions for local communities, in renewable energy and other opportunities, and has lots to share with us!
As the Qld Government moves towards a final decision on mine rehabilitation legislation, come along and get involved in a fascinating night out.