Voices of the Valley
Community Support Following the Hazelwood Mine Fire
Voices of the Valley (VOTV) is a community advocacy group, formed in the wake of the Hazelwood Mine Fire in February–March 2014. The mine fire highlighted the economic fragility of the Latrobe Valley community, demonstrated the environmental risks associated with coal-fired power generation.
To determine the health effects on the residents of Morwell, VOTV undertook a research program which included public forums and evidence gathering. It provided a voice for the affected communities, to gain media recognition of their plight, and to secure justice. VOTV gathered evidence about not only the cleaning issues and costs incurred, but also the immediate and persistent health effects.
Voice of the Valley continues to provide a voice for public concerns over direct impact and long-term health, welfare, economic and environmental effects. The results of their work have made health a serious issue and put deep community concern firmly on the public agenda.