30 April 2013 — Melbourne’s food and coffee consumers have come together to support the increasing resistance to coal and coal seam gas mining industries encroaching on Gippsland agricultural areas.

Quit Coal activist Jessie Gartlan said the campaign, which includes the premiere of the documentary, Gippsland is Precious, had come about as people in Gippsland became more vocal and organised in their opposition to the expansion of coal and coal seam gas industries in Victoria.

“Coal and invasive gas mining industries have destroyed communities in Queensland and New South Wales,” she said.

“Communities in Gippsland understand this and are aware that the exploration licenses over their properties pose the same threat. The emerging resistance here is undeniable.

“We want farmers and rural communities to know they have our support in standing up against the expansion of destructive coal and coal seam gas industries that are threatening their well-being, their ability to produce Victoria’s food supply, and their way of life.”

Gippsland is Precious will be screen on 2 May at North Fitzroy bar and cinema Longplay from 7pm.