OUR POWER aims to shine the light on the Latrobe Valley community and their 90+ year history of providing power to Victorians. The film explores the transition of the power industry as it was privatised in the late 1990s and the devastating Hazelwood mine fire of 2014.
It is an emotional and intense roller-coaster that exposes the impacts of the 45-day fire, the fundamental issues facing the community today, and the community’s transition to a ‘post-coal’ world.
The Latrobe Valley is Victoria’s powerhouse and houses three brown coal mines which together provide up to 70% – 80% of the state’s power everyday.
This raw and unfiltered documentary traces the footsteps of the Latrobe Valley’s history; starting from the coal community’s birth in the 20s, to the establishment of the State Electricity Commission Victoria (SECV) and the privatisation of the industry in the 1990s.
At a time where coal is seemingly the only option for the community, the Latrobe Valley have been sparked into action and are taking charge of their health and future. The film takes its audience through the fundamental issues facing the community today.
OUR POWER wishes to connect all Victorians with the source of where their electricity comes from and the human cost of generating this power.
The Hazelwood mine fire of February 2014 played a significant role in awakening much of the local community in the valley. After receiving conflicting information from differing government bodies concerning the health impacts of the pollution in the area, they decided to take matters into their hands.
The community in the Latrobe Valley are living proof that with correct amount of determination, motivation and hurt, people can inspire change and achieve remarkable things.