Glossy Black Cockatoo

The plan to prepare plans – the end is nigh

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Having a list of rare and endangered species is not much good if there is no binding plan to protect them.

The Long nosed Potoroo (Potorous tridactylus tridactyl)

As a result of the legal proceedings initiated in the Supreme Court on 21 May 2013 by EDO on behalf of EEG, the then environment Department, DEPI, agreed to immediately prepare protection plans called Action Statements, for four of about 700 listed species (over half did not have Action Statements). DEPI is legally obliged under section 19 of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act to produce Action Statements as soon as possible after listing.

The species we chose to force the government to act were the Glossy Black-Cockatoo, the Long-Nosed Potoroo, the Large Brown Tree Frog and the Eastern She-Oak Skink. This was a start but we soon discovered that these plans can often be little more than motherhood statements.

Four species still waiting for protection

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The four wildlife species that EEG has used to test the governments adherence to the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act are detailed below.

The FFGA states that when a species is listed as threatened, it must have a protection plan, called an Action Statement, written up “as soon as possible”. The legal challenge looks at the interpretation of ‘ASAP’. The Glossy Black Cockatoo for instance has been waiting 18 years for a protection plan! Without one, there is no legal imperative to protect it, or the other 373 species still awaiting a protection plan.

Government taken to Court for not following its own threatened species laws

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Originally published at: 

EDO media release

Yesterday, Supreme Court proceedings were commenced to sue the Department of Environment and Primary Industries for years of failure to protect Victoria’s threatened wildlife.

We’re suing the government again!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

We have commenced proceedings in the Supreme Court (21/5/13) to sue the Department of Environment and Primary Industries for years of failure to protect Victoria’s threatened wildlife.

We are alleging in Court that the State Government has violated the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act by not preparing protection plans called Action Statements for four threatened species: the Glossy Black Cockatoo, the Long-nosed Potoroo, the Eastern She-oak Skink and the Large Brown Tree Frog.