The plot thickens – the lakes sicken

Ross Scott, retired engineer with much waterways experience has been battling to draw attention to the declining condition of the Gippsland Lakes ecology for years, especially following the deeper dredging of the entrance in 2008.

He has continued to run into a bureaucratically constructed defensive brick wall. Along with many credible scientists he now fears that the lakes ...

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Giant Burrowing Frog

The threatened Giant Burrowing Frog Heleioporus australiacus is a large, cryptic amphibian from south-eastern Australia. Its known range extends from east of Walhalla in Victoria along the Great Dividing Range to Newcastle in NSW, where it has been recorded from various forested habitat types. Despite this wide distribution, limited records exist towards the southern extent of its range in Victoria where it is now considered Critically Endangered ...

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Valuing Victoria’s Parks

This new government report details the ecosystem services provided by the states parks and reserves. It includes the water and carbon values, biodiversity protection, recreational benefits and employment, and loads more. If this is what a small section of Victoria’s natural areas can offer – just imagine how much more benefit we would get from protecting all natural areas from logging and exploitation.

Just one small section states that:

The Victorian parks network is a major carbon sink with at least 270 ...

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Health and environment studies commence in Gippsland Lakes

Groups like the Gippsland Environment Group and environmentalists like Ross Scott and health professionals like Dr. Jo McCubbin have been raising concerns about the mercury levels in fish in the Gippsland Lakes for many years.

DELWP Media release

A study to assess mercury levels in fish of the Gippsland Lakes will commence from tomorrow, followed by a broader environmental study into the accumulation of mercury and other heavy metals in the sediment of the Lakes.

These studies will provide a baseline for ...

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Leaking tailings dam could harm the Tambo River and Gippsland Lakes

Leaking tailings dam 7 million tonnes of toxic wasteIn February 2006, having spent around $7 million of taxpayers’ money trying to fix up an unstable tailings dam abandoned by a failed copper and zinc mining enterprise, the Department of Primary Industries was moved to ask the Register of Geographic Names to call the dam ‘Lake St Barbara’.

Ironically, in Spanish and Italian, the words Santa Barbara signify the ...

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Salinity levels continue to cause concern for Gippsland Lakes

Ross Scott fears high salinity is killing lake plants.Photo-Wayne-Taylor.

Ross Scott fears high salinity is killing lake plants.Photo Wayne-Taylor.

Rising salinity levels in the world-renowned Gippsland Lakes is putting the wetlands at risk, with a recent government report acknowledging it did not know the long-term risks of the problem.

Salinity levels have risen dramatically in recent years, threatening the ecosystem. The shoreline ...

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NOWA NOWA – the new Pilbara of the South?

An iron ore mine planned for the forests 7 km north of Nowa Nowa (east of Lakes Entrance) would have a 25 ha open cut mine plus much larger mine infrastructure footprint and three tailings dams. It would have a major impact on the Gippsland Lakes, a Ramsar listed wetland, the underground aquifers, the forest, local roads and the tourism industry.

The Environmental Effects Statement has been described as a whitewash, and it appears as though the government and shire are ...

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The Gippsland Lakes remain gravely ill

The Gippsland Lakes remain gravely ill. One response by the government has been the creation of a new on-line forum that asks for public comment on our Lakes management. It has the joyful title of GLEE (Gippsland Lakes E-Engagement). The concept is great and if you’re interested in having a say (currently looking at the Ramsar listing) you can register here. But some are saying it should be called ‘DESPAIR’.

GLEE has set off a lot of local people’s BS detectors. ...

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