Great Forest National Park - A playground for Melbourne

logo-great-forest-np.pngFriends of the Earth has joined more than 30 environment, conservation, recreation, scientific and citizen science groups to call on all political parties and candidates in the lead-up to the November 2014 Victorian election to clearly commit to the creation of a new Great Forest National Park in the Central Highlands.

Just 60 kilometres east of Melbourne grow some of the tallest trees on Earth. Their high canopies are home to wildlife such as gliders, owls and the tiny Leadbeater’s Possum.

The Great Forest National Park is an idea whose time has come.

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Macedon community survey finds strong support for renewables, dumping anti-wind farm laws

Macedon_polling_Nov_2014.jpgMEDIA RELEASE - 7 Nov 2014

Friends of the Earth have launched a report on the views voters in the hotly-contested seat of Macedon hold on the government's anti-wind farm laws just weeks from the November 29 state election. 

The report was launched at the Hepburn Wind, an operating community-owned wind farm in the west of the electorate.   

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Big Hill mine knocked back, Stockman mine approved

981101BigHillLogo.jpgThe Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy has today recommended that one massive mine be knocked back while supporting another.

Friends of the Earth welcomes the Minister’s recommendation not to approve the Stawell open cut mine.

 

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Victoria pulls out of national park logging trial – NSW should follow

Barmah1.jpgMedia Release, 23rd October, 2014

Friends of the Earth can announce today that the Victorian Government has withdrawn from a controversial logging trial planned for the Barmah National Park, part of the world’s largest red gum forest.

The joint Victoria-NSW logging trial would have seen commercial logging machinery felling trees across 400 hectares of national park on both sides of the Murray River.

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Denis Napthine’s energy plan. More coal, less renewables

No_new_coal.jpgIn mid October, the Victorian Coalition government quietly released it's Energy Plan. There has been no environment policy released as such, which means we have to judge the government's intention on the documents that are in the public realm, and correspondence received from the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change.

The Energy Plan talks up renewable energy, yet there is very little incentive or direction on either renewables or energy efficiency. And it has raised the prospect of a coal export industry.

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Farmland not Gaslands

seaspray_2_2014.jpgIf you’re concerned about environmental issues and the urgent need to rapidly reduce the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, it’s hard not to get depressed.

The Australian government is cutting climate action programs and turning it’s back on environmental protection, and here in Victoria, our government wants to open up new coal mines while shutting down renewable energy across much of the state.

But across regional Australia, a new movement is building power and starting to win against the coal and gas companies and their friends in government. We want to share this good news story.

Castlemaine, October 29.

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Keep the loggers out of our Red Gum Parks

barmah-socialmedia_graphic.jpgWhat 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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