Replace Hazelwood – 6 May, 2010

Protesters fill the steps of Parliament House

The campaign against Australia’s dirtiest power station continued today with an election-oriented – this is budget week in Victoria –  rally on the steps of Parliament House under the slogan “Replace Hazelwood with Clean Energy”…

From the callout issued by the participating groups (Alternative Technology Association, Environment Victoria, Friends of the Earth, Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd, Victorian Climate Action Centre and Yarra Climate Action Network ):

A growing coalition of community groups are campaigning for the State and Federal governments to make an election commitment to replace Hazelwood power station with clean energy by 2012. This will be a key election test for the Federal and State Labor governments.

Join us in Budget week to take the campaign direct to the State government.

Victoria’s Hazelwood power station is the dirtiest coal fired power station in Australia and one of the most polluting in the developed world. Hazelwood is so old and inefficient it produces almost 15% of Victoria’s carbon pollution and uses an enormous amount of water. It is outdated technology, a polluting dinosaur of the industrial age.
Together we can replace Hazelwood with clean energy alternatives – such as investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy like solar and wind.

Speakers  included Damien Lawson (Climate Action Centre), David Spratt (Climate Code Red, Damien Moyse (Alternative Technology Association, Doug Evans (Yarra Climate Action Now see also http://duggyvans.blogspot.com/) and Victoria McKenzie-McHarg (Environment Victoria). Greens MLC Colleen Hartland was spotted in the crowd, as were candidates Alex Bhathal and Brian Walters, and Greg Barber was reportedly currently asking pointed questions during the debate on last Tuesday’s budget. The speeches were punctuated by chants of  ‘Switch off coal, wind and solar now! ‘ and ‘ John Brumby, replace Hazelwood!’ and passing motorists were invited to sound their horns in support; at times the resulting din drowned the voices of the speakers…

Placard calling on motorists to honk in support

Damien Lawson addressing the rally

Damien Lawson addressing the rally

Greenpeace banner

Colleen Hartland MLC and Brian Walters

Colleen Hartland MLC and Brian Walters

'Windmill' in the crowd

Yarra Climate Action Now have been holding weekly vigils on Wednesdays outside the office of Richard Wynne, State Labour member for Richmond, in an exercise of ‘rebranding’ (see https://melbourneprotests.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/rebranding-a-politician-climate-action-3-february/):

Protesters hold photos of Hazelwood

A message for Richard Wynne. The placard on the right is backed by a solar panel

This young man’s placard calling for ‘leadership not politics’ was marked as recycled from 2007:

Child with 'wanted' placard

See also http://indymedia.org.au/2010/05/06/time-to-replace-hazelwood-coal-power-station-for-climate-change and a video of activists in Moreland doorknocking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OnsJJga1IU

On a related note, Friends of the Earth’s ACE collective announced the next action in their campaign to stop the building of a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty in the Northen Territory – see http://www.melbourne.foe.org.au/?q=node/720

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