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ONE WEEK LEFT TO LODGE MINE FIRE INQUIRY SUBMISSIONS

The Hazelwood Mine Fire Board of Inquiry is reminding Morwell and Latrobe Valley residents that submissions close Monday, 12 May 2014 — one week away.

‘Input from the community, particularly those who have been directly affected or who have related expertise, is essential,’said chair, Justice Bernard Teague.

The Inquiry’s terms of reference include investigating the circumstances of the Hazelwood Coal Mine fire, including the emergency response and the support provided to Morwell residents and other affected communities. The full terms of reference can be found at hazelwoodinquiry.vic.gov.au.

‘Submissions will be examined by each member of the Board and generally made publicly available through the Inquiry’s website along with summary notes from community consultations’.

Submissions can be lodged online at hazelwoodinquiry.vic.gov.au, or mailed to PO Box 3460, Gippsland MC, VIC, 3841.

All submissions must carry a cover sheet, which is available from the Inquiry’s website along with helpful information about how to make a submission.

Those without access to the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry site or those wishing for assistance writing their submissions can contact the Secretariat by calling 1300 442 972.

Formal public hearings will commence in Morwell during the week of 26 May 2014.  Details will be posted on the Inquiry’s website closer to the date.

Contact: Media and Communications Manager, Tracey Matters, 0417 230 503

Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014