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Anti mining groups in Victoria have joined together to launch a website aimed to fight what they say is Australia’s dependency on coal.
CoalWatch, an initiative inspired by a similar one in the United States, which helped build an anti-coal movement, will have a map of mining licences throughout Victoria.
It will also include information on new and existing projects
Companies are supposed to advertise applications in one state wide and one local newspaper, allowing a four-week period in which people can lodge objections, but CoalWatch says often this does not occur, and its aim is to inform people of coal developments in their area.
The website, launched yesterday, will feature a map of mining licenses throughout the state and information on new and existing projects and will be available to anyone with access to a computer.
‘CoalWatch provides a way for everyday Victorians to keep track of the coal industry’s ambitious expansion plans. To check what tax-payer money has been pledged to brown coal projects and the coal projects industry is spruiking to our politicians,” the website states.
The organisation says it wants the government to move away from the use of brown coal, put a moratorium on new coal projects and expansions of existing projects in the state and develop a plan to move towards renewable energy.
Image: Coal Watch