National Park logging call is risky, unproven and unpopular

Barmah_forest.jpgEnvironment group Friends of the Earth has condemned a call by NSW logging interests to open iconic River Red Gum national parks for commercial timber harvesting.

The NSW Forest Industries Taskforce and a local Red Gum Taskforce have both, this week, claimed that logging will benefit the local environment and reduce fire risk.

Friends of the Earth led a campaign to have the world’s largest remaining River Red Gum forests protected on both sides of the Murray River in 2010 and has condemned the call as misleading.

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Keep the loggers out of our Red Gum Parks

What does ‘Ecological Thinning’ mean for your National Parks?

The Victorian and NSW State governments plan to run a trial of “ecological thinning” inside the Barmah-Millewa National
Park. The trial will use logging machinery to test weather cutting out trees from these River Red Gum forests will improve the health of the ecosystem. The project will have a range of impacts on this landscape of international significance.

Friends of the Earth is asking for your help to keep logging out of our iconic River Red Gum forests and to safeguard the natural environments we all love.

 

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Victorian state election 2014


Parliament-of-Victoria-Melbourne-.jpgThe Victorian election will be held on November 29, 2014.

While the main Parties look set to run a ‘bread and butter’ election – focusing on issues like education, health, infrastructure and the economy, there is also a pressing need to make environmental concerns an issue at this election.

FoE is not aligned with any political party. Its mission is to gain protection for the natural environment, and elections present a great opportunity to promote a policy agenda which will help gain these protections.

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2014 state election environment forums - In the hot seat on climate and environment

nnh-elec-forum.jpgThe 2014 State election will set the agenda for environment and climate policy for years to come. So it’s time to put the major parties to the test on climate and environment.

Who are the people that want this power and how do they intend to use it?

Come and hear the major parties put forward their case for why they deserve your vote. We’ve invited each major party to explain their philosophies and outline their policies for the climate and our environment.

Starting Tues 23 September.

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free activist skillshares

skillshares.jpgFoE's Anti-nuclear & Clean Energy (ACE) campaign is co-ordinating some free skillshares over the next four months.

Monday nights at FoE in Collingwood.

ALL WELCOME!

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Victorian government should ban onshore gas drilling

frack_image.jpgFriends of the Earth media release. September 4, 2014

The government of the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia has just announced that it intends to introduce legislation to prohibit hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) in shale oil and gas projects. The legislation will replace a moratorium on fracking imposed by the previous government.

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No Open Cut on Big Hill

981101BigHillLogo.jpgA controversial proposal by Canadian company Crocodile Gold has divided the community of the quiet rural town of Stawell in Western Victoria.  The proposal is to develop 2 large open cut pits in close proximity to houses, a primary school, nursing home, church and other facilities.

Please join the Big Hill Action Group to voice your concern about the environmental and health impacts of this major project.

Support the community rally at Parliament House Melbourne, at lunchtime on September 16th.

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