To: Victoria's Chief Health Officer Rosemary Lester

Morwell residents deserve an inquiry into the long-term health impact of the Hazelwood Mine fire

That's a win! Nearly 25,000 people signed Tracie's CommunityRun petition calling on Victoria's Chief Health Officer to announce a long-term health study for Morwell residents. On 27 April, a 10 year health study was announced.

Morwell residents deserve an inquiry into the long-term health impact of the Hazelwood Mine fire

Watch this video of Morwell residents speaking out about life since the Hazelwood fire broke out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCoqdePGWKM

Chief Health Officer Rosemary Lester must announce an inquiry into the long-term health impact of the Hazelwood Mine fire on Morwell residents.

Morwell residents can’t move on from the Hazelwood Mine disaster until they know what long-term health problems they and their families can expect. An inquiry will give residents the vital health information they need to prepare for the future and take the health precautions they need to now.

Why is this important?

For 45 days, Morwell's 14,000 residents breathed carbon monoxide, carcinogens and other toxic fumes caused by the out-of-control fire at Hazelwood Mine. We are deeply worried about how such long exposure will affect our future health.

Morwell residents have been suffering from headaches, bloody noses and bleeding eyes, difficulty breathing, lethargy, agitation, reported heart problems and infections. Morwell residents desperately need an inquiry!

Ms Lester has the power to announce an inquiry and we need her to do this now!

Please sign this petition and share it as wide as you can to persuade Ms Lester to announce an inquiry into the long-term health impacts!

Thank you, we really appreciate your help.

How it will be delivered

We will deliver the petition in person to Chief Health Officer Rosemary Lester.


Reasons for signing

  • This just proves how destructive and irresponsible coal mines and the burning of coal really is. Of course we can do without them. We want government that is wise enough to close all coal mines quickly and invest in renewable energy.
  • Mining companies have gone too far. There is no excuse for poisoning and polluting people and the environment for profit.
  • Coal mines should be shut down.

Updates

2016-05-17 17:06:03 +1000
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Petition is successful with 25,195 signatures

2014-04-29 13:34:21 +1000
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Petition is successful with 24,964 signatures

2014-04-22 17:03:33 +1000

20,000 signatures reached

2014-04-01 21:24:33 +1100

10,000 signatures reached

2014-03-27 19:27:40 +1100

5,000 signatures reached

2014-03-27 11:06:29 +1100

1,000 signatures reached

2014-03-27 10:51:53 +1100

500 signatures reached

2014-03-27 09:50:02 +1100

100 signatures reached

2014-03-25 07:20:34 +1100

50 signatures reached

2014-03-24 10:13:41 +1100

25 signatures reached

2014-03-23 08:59:10 +1100

10 signatures reached

2014-03-22 16:56:25 +1100

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/22/morw-m22.html
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/02/28/morwell-smoke-london-smog-disaster
http://morwellnh.org.au/st-vinnies-to-provide-south-morwell-with-free-door-seals/
http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2014/03/05/3957302.htm
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/03/morwell-coalmine-fire-doctors-warn-residents
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/global-health-experts-consulted-over-morwell-20140226-33hl3.html
http://au.news.yahoo.com/video/watch/21674611/morwell-residents-forgotten/

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/smokecloaked-victorian-town-of-morwell-makes-plans-to-evacuate/story-e6frg6nf-122683842609

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/hazelwood-fire-morwell-will-run-its-own-inquiry-20140323-35btq.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN_F6jDBhBU&feature=youtu.be
*http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/27/morwell-mine-fire-beyond-comparison

2014-03-22 16:55:26 +1100

http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/morwell-health-study-considered/story-fnkfnspy-1226852298756
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/2014-03-23/5331252

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN_F6jDBhBU&feature=youtu.be
*http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/27/morwell-mine-fire-beyond-comparison
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/hazelwood-fire-morwell-will-run-its-own-inquiry-20140323-35btq.html

2014-03-22 14:50:59 +1100

http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/morwell-health-study-considered/story-fnkfnspy-1226852298756
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/2014-03-23/5331252

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/03/11/18/58/probe-may-show-vic-fire-health-effects

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/anger-erupts-as-authorities-advise-relocation-from-smokehit-morwell/story-e6frg6nf-1226840394887

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/21763035/morwell-fire-vulnerable-residents-advised-to-leave-as-government-flags-inquiry-into-hazelwood-mine-fire/