Melbourne branch

Event Details

ATA Melbourne branch meeting - Film and Forum: "Our Power"
May 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm

When: Wednesday 17 May 2017, Arrive at 6:30 for 6.45pm.
Where: Room 12, Level 9, Building 80 'Swanston Academic Building', RMIT, 445 Swanston St, Melbourne CBD.
Note the change of location.
How to get there: We would recommend travelling to this meeting via public transport:
Train to Melbourne Central Station and then walk around the corner to Building 80 (map).
Short tram trip from Flinders St Station: Catch any tram heading north on Swanston St from Flinders St Station (ie. Tram routes: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72). Hop off at Stop 7.
Maps: You can find a Google map here, a campus map here and a mobility/access map here. (You can read more about the award-winning 'Building 80' here.)
Cost: $10 at the door. This event is acting as a fundraiser to support the film-makers in the completion of the release of this important work.

We are keen to welcome interested people from the west, north and east of Melbourne who may find the CBD venue more convenient. If you want to invite your friends there is a poster here that you can download and email.


Please join us for a movie night, featuring an advance screening of the brand new documentary Our Power. This excellent locally-made film is about the Latrobe Valley community as they deal with the consequences of the privatisation of Victoria’s electricity in the 1990s, the impacts of the devastating Hazelwood mine fire in 2014 (and still felt to this day). It is an emotional and informative roller-coaster that exposes the tragic impacts of the 45-day fire, the fundamental issues facing the community today, and their transition to a ‘post-coal’ world.

The film will run for about 45min and will be followed by a 30-45min forum discussion with representatives from the affected community to answer questions and engage in discussion about the Latrobe Valley region.

Some example topics are:

  • 'where to now' for the valley?
  • how renewables etc can play a part on reshaping the story for the communities
  • what are the local renewable resources, industries, initiatives?
  • what next for the other power stations and the coal industry there generally?
  • advice for other similar communities


At this stage, the forum panel will be:

  • Ron Ipsen (Third generation power station worker)
  • Luke van der Muelen (President of CFMEU Vic Mining 1989-2016 and former power station worker)
  • Dan Boothman (ex-Hazelwood worker of 29 years)


There will be a $10 entry fee for this event payable at the door, with all proceeds going to help offset the production costs of this interesting and important movie.

Regards, Robin Gardner and the committee,

Our Power

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