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Funding that was promised by the previous Labor government has been withdrawn and comes at a time when there is an unprecedented and unremitting attack on Australia’s environments from almost every front.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

Influences of the Victorian fires of February 2009

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

This Report analyses the driving influences of the February 7 fires and looks at how the fires passed through and affected different areas of land including plantations, regrowth from logging and National Parks. The summary of the implications of the report is below and you can Download the full report here (PDF 6.2MB) This report was commissioned by combined environment groups.

The Napthine Government's user-pays system for public lands

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Parks Fee increase

Charging to enjoy our National Parks, they say is fairer for taxpayers and more 'sustainable'.
The logging industry however, is subsidised by taxpayers to the tune of about $60 million, yearly grazing agistment to beef farmers in the Alpine Park worth $1.4 million was offered for free (and fought for in the high court), but people who enjoy National parks must 'pay their way'!

Threatened species plans - free from public comment

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Glossy Black Cockatoo

The government has suddenly got its skates on and seems to be writing protection plans for threatened wildlife. EEG launched legal action against the Department for its failure to do this in early June. Suddenly the Supreme Court is looming and EEG and a few select groups have a generous 10 days to comment on the Draft Action Statement (as from 20th Aug).

Logging has been wiping out Glossy Black habitat for almost 2 decades - unhindered by bothersome threatened wildlife protection plans.