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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Tomorrow the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry will hand its full report including recommendations to the Governor of Victoria, His Excellency the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, at Government House in Melbourne at 10.00 am.

The 400-page plus report is the culmination of a five-month inquiry into the circumstances of the mine fire, the emergency response and the support provided to affected communities.

The Board of Inquiry made up of the Honourable Bernard Teague AO, Professor John Catford, and Ms Sonia Petering expressed their gratitude to the people of Morwell and the Latrobe Valley.

‘It has been a privilege to undertake this work and we would like to thank the people of Morwell and the Latrobe Valley for their hospitality and their generosity’, said Ms Petering.

‘From the outset we have sought to be open-minded and community-focused. We began with community consultations and continued through with public written submissions and personal testimony from 13 community witnesses’, said chairperson, Bernard Teague.

‘We hope the work undertaken through and by this Inquiry will assist to prevent a disaster like that of February and March 2014 from ever happening again’, said Professor Catford.

The Governor will provide the report to the Government. Deputy Premier, Peter Ryan, is expected to have the report tabled in Parliament on the afternoon of Tuesday, 2 September 2014.

The Hazelwood Mine Fire Board of Inquiry and Secretariat will be at the Morwell Bowling Club between 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm on the afternoon of tabling to provide copies of the report to the community and to say thank you and farewell.

The report, including an executive summary, and recommendations and affirmations, can be accessed through the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry website at shortly after tabling.

A limited number of hard copies of the report will be available from local libraries, local bookstores and the Morwell Neighbourhood House.

The Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry will officially close its office on Friday, 5 September 2014.

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014