Have Your Say On Coal Seam Gas

A natural gas community information open day will be held in Inverloch on Tuesday, 17 June.

Run by the Victorian Government, the drop-in sessions will be held at the Inverloch Community Hub from 2.00pm until 8.00pm.

A group of independent facilitators will attend each session and will be responsible for listening to community members, and recording their views and any concerns they may have.

The issues and views they record will be presented to the government.

Government geological and hydrogeological experts will also be on hand to answer more technical questions.

The government is running open days across Gippsland in response to community concerns around onshore natural gas, otherwise known as Coal Seam Gas (CSG) or unconventional gas.

Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, encouraged residents with views and concerns about CSG to attend the Inverloch session and have their views heard and recorded.

“Council has continued to advocate to the State and Federal Governments on this issue,” Cr Rankine said.

“Council is opposed to coal seam and unconventional gas exploration and mining and considers that the current legislative framework does not provide enough rigour to protect our environment now and for future generations.

“We are particularly concerned about the impact this type of exploration and mining could have on our valuable agricultural industry and environmental biodiversity.”

For Bass Coast residents who are unable to attend, an open day will also be held in at the Mirboo North Shire Hall on Wednesday, 18 June from 2.00pm until 8.00pm.