Media Release

26 May 2015

Southwick – Northe: Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry

Background information

It was the Coalition Government that established and conducted a detailed inquiry into the Hazelwood incident.

The Coalition supported the recommendations of the review – see statement from the Deputy Premier Peter Ryan (2 September 2014) here.

The Coalition immediately set about implementing the recommendations from the inquiry.

The Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Report Implementation and Monitoring Plan set out the recommendations, actions completed and further actions to be carried out. The report is here.

In November last year the Coalition also commissioned a 20-year health study into the Hazelwood mine, led by Monash University researchers.
Additional actions to protect the community included:

  • Established a new Latrobe City CFA District to enhance the CFA’s ability to work with industry / community and build the CFA’s capability to respond to future fires/ risks
  • Set up a new Coal Mine Emergency Management Taskforce – details here
  • Improved air quality monitoring in the Morwell region by the EPA.


Comments attributable to David Southwick, Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources

This needs to be a genuine inquiry but the last thing people want is to see is Daniel Andrews playing politics with such an important issue.

The safety and wellbeing of the Latrobe Valley residents and workers remains a top priority.

Comments attributable to Russell Northe, Member for Morwell

The Hazelwood mine fire was a difficult time for Morwell residents and that’s why the Coalition worked hard to ensure the community was strongly supported during and following the fire, including initiating a long-term health study.

We welcome the fact that Daniel Andrews has seen fit to continue the Coalition’s work to ensure the Morwell community does not experience an event like this again.