Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pedestrian/ Community Safety Morwell Coalmine fire linked to deaths Victorian Labor vows to reopen inquiry into 45-day fire at Hazelwood coalmine. Latrobe Valley, Gippsland Herald Sun September 14th & 17th 2014





Photo. The Age Feb. 27th 2014

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"In the period from February to June this year, we've had 42 more deaths than the previous five year average for the four postcodes nearest to the mine," Mrs Farmer said.



LABOR has vowed to reopen an inquiry into a 45-day fire at the Hazelwood coalmine



http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/calls-for-vic-hazelwood-fire-inquest/story-fni0xqi4-1227061834403





Sunday Herald Sun September 14th 2014



Calls for Vic Hazelwood fire inquest


Daniel Andrews in parliament.
Daniel Andrews says Labor will reopen inquiry into the Hazelwood mine fire if elected in November.
LABOR has vowed to reopen an inquiry into a mine fire which blanketed a Victorian town in toxic SMOKE, after a residents' group report found deaths have increased in the area.
THE Latrobe Valley group wants an inquiry into the 45-day fire at the Hazelwood coalmine reopened and a coroner's investigation launched.
The inquiry into the February blaze found residents should have been told to leave Morwell almost two weeks before they were eventually advised to get out.
Voices of the Valley president Wendy Farmer said on Wednesday the group requested data from the Registry of Births, Deaths and MARRIAGES after noticing an increase in deaths.
She said the data, which arrived back after the inquiry finding was handed down, revealed an increase in deaths in Latrobe Valley.
"In the period from February to June this year, we've had 42 more deaths than the previous five year average for the four postcodes nearest to the mine," Mrs Farmer said.
"We now have a government denying anything has happened in the Valley.
"People in Latrobe Valley are still sick, people in Latrobe Valley are still dying."
Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews, who was handed the group's report outside parliament, said he would reopen the inquiry if Labor won government in November and also called for a coronial investigation.
"You will never satisfy the people of Morwell and the Latrobe Valley, who are rightly angry, until these matters are properly examined fully and frankly and properly," he told reporters.
The mine fire inquiry called for a 20-year health study of Latrobe Valley residents to monitor ongoing health effects.
Premier Denis Napthine said the health department had advised against premature and incorrect correlations between deaths and the fire.
"I'm advised that the department of health's preliminary analysis of the death data from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages does not show anything other than normally expected variability in deaths during that period," he told parliament.
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