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Issue #1631      March 19, 2014

Party action on Morwell mine fire

Because of the lack of adequate explanation on the effects of exposure to coal fumes, gases and dust particulate from the Hazelwood coal fire not given to the exposed population at Morwell, Victoria, Marie and Len Lean from the CPA West Adelaide Branch decided that something needed to be done for the people in the area about the coal fire burning since February 9.

Scientific information must be made available to residents, they decided, and volunteered to go to Morwell to give out a Party leaflet explaining some of the long term health effects and hazards.

They travelled by car from Adelaide to Morwell and handed out the leaflets at the Morwell Coles supermarket on February 14, commencing at 8.30am.

The response was tremendous; about 9am a staff member came out and they thought they were going to get the big shove but she smiled nicely and said can I please have a copy?

Shoppers took the leaflet readily once they saw the heading “Serious health risks remain”. Many came back for a second copy for their neighbours; others took copies to distribute in their area. Len Marie were asked by a few shoppers “Where do you live in the area?” When they told them they weren’t locals and came from Adelaide, people were astounded that they’d had the conviction to travel that far and inform them of what the state government, Health Department and EPA failed to tell the community.

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