Politics

A leaked DEPI report reveals its system for allocating millions of dollars of contract work is poor value for money

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The east Gippsland fires have been estimated to have cost the government (tax payer) up to $140 million to manage. We are hearing that so much of this was reckless waste – machines laying idle at $2000 a day or more, bulldozers left to do their own thing just to keep them employed. Strike teams sent from across the state for a day of 'look-see' or waiting around, to drive back the next day.

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Minister Walsh says ‘Sorry’

Friday, April 18, 2014

Minister Walsh says sorryComments made against a regional environment group have resulted in Minister Peter Walsh stepping back and making a public apology today. The apology to Environment East Gippsland was today published on his parliamentary website and the regional newspaper where it was originally printed.

New land clearing laws fast-track habitat loss

Friday, February 14, 2014

Just before Christmas the State Government introduced new native vegetation policy that significantly weakens the protection of native habitat across Victoria.

It did this despite more than 100 respected ecologists and scientists and a 70 strong force of local conservation groups pushing for the new land clearing laws to be overturned.

Our remaining bushland and the threatened species it protects are part of what makes Victoria so special.

Abbott axes legal voice for our environment

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Abbott axemanThe Abbott government’s announcement to suddenly cut the funding of the Environment Defenders Office is a hostile, cowardly and shameless attack on the country’s most respected environmental legal voice.

Funding that was promised by the previous Labor government has been withdrawn and comes at a time when there is an unprecedented and unremitting attack on Australia’s environments from almost every front.

Victorian Landclearing Blitz

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Victorian government plans to introduce far reaching changes to Victoria's native vegetation laws this month.

If you're wondering why the government is referring to changes to Victoria's native vegetation protection laws as "permitted clearing regulations" then this map will set you straight.

White = vegetation already lost. Blue = "low risk". Most low risk applications will be allowed, no questions asked.(from EDO).

Coastal environments copping it

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Two of East Gippslands most beautiful coastal areas are set to suffer serious assault this week. As Mallacoota’s most beautiful beach starts to be encased under an industrial concrete boat launch and car park, Lakes Entrance is also, once again, to be dug out to a depth that is killing the ecosystem of this Ramsar listed wetland and internationally renowned chain of coastal freshwater lakes.

What a state we’re in! The State of the Environment report for Victoria

Friday, November 1, 2013

Released in October 2013 the report shows 65% of Victoria’s state forest areas are zoned to be logged. But with unlogged narrow corridors and isolated steep slopes within that zone, it means about 45% can be stripped of its forest and wildlife. Guaranteed though, the entire 65% will be impacted. Here are some other points from the report:

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