Latrobe Valley Community Encouraged to Participate in Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry

Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing MP, is encouraging community members to make sure their opinions are heard by the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry.

The Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry are investigating whether the Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire contributed to an increase in deaths, having regard to any relevant evidence for the period 2009 to 2014.

They are also considering short, medium and long term measures to improve the health of the Latrobe Valley communities having regard to any health impacts identified by the Board as being associated with the Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire.

Written submissions are one of the most effective ways for community to participate in the Inquiry.

Ms Shing encouraged people to make a submission in their own words. There is no right or wrong way to make a submission, but the Board are looking for input that will help inform their recommendations.

There are a number of ways to make a submission. People can submit their views online Mail to Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry PO Box 24, Flinders Lane, VIC, 8009 or email to

Submissions to the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry on the health impacts from the 2014 Hazelwood Coal Mine Fire close on 3rd August 2015.

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Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing MP:

“The Andrews Labor Government is serious about helping the community in the Latrobe Valley recover after what was a terrible episode.”

“The Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry was reopened to give people in the Latrobe Valley the opportunity to express their views and get the answers they deserved.”

“People who make submissions will be making a meaningful contribution to the healing and recovery process.”