Threatened Species

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:

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.

Shadow Environment Minister unable to answer question

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Greg HuntWhen EEG asked Greg Hunt to clarify why the Coalition would appoint a commissioner to oversee threatened species when they also plan to hand all threatened species responsibilities to the states, Greg Hunt (Fed shadow env minister) replied:

‘Many thanks and the Commissioner would be responsible for preparing, implementing and monitoring threatened species plans’.

Again we asked ...

Napthine shovels threatened wildlife into extinction pit

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A suppressed state govt report is telling us that our wildlife is fast being tipped into the pit of extinction – knowingly!

The Leadbeater's possum is Victoria's faunal emblem

Entire wildlife species are still being sacrificed for the greed of corporates. In this instance the logging mafia demands access to hundreds of thousands of ha of public native forests to shred for woodchips! (and the Liberal party doesn't mind the odd political donation).

Both the Long-footed Potoroo and the Leadbeaters Possum are mentioned. The secret report says that existing reserves are pathetically inadequate and more forest needs to be protected from logging.

Is the loss of Australian digging mammals contributing to a deterioration in ecosystem function?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Australia’s once common digging mammals that played an important role in ecosystem function, have been largely lost from our landscape. Around half of digging mammal species are now extinct or under conservation threat, and those that still exist have very contracted ranges.

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.