Victorian government must remove cattle from the Alpine Park

Friends of the Earth joins with other environmental groups in welcoming federal environment minister Tony Burke's decision to demand that the Victorian Government refer its trial of cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park for proper assessment under national environment laws.

As VNPA executive director Matt Ruchel said last friday "Minister Burke's decision confirms that the State Government acted in defiance of federal environment laws when it allowed 400 cattle into the Alpine National Park on January 12 this year" .

We call on Premier Baillieu to put some commonsense back into this situation and remove the cattle once and for all.

This ill-advised experiment must not resume next season, it should be abandoned for good, it's a park not a paddock.
The state government is expected to respond to the minister this week.

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Environment minister vows to continue alpine grazing trial

In a very disappointing move, the State environemnt minister, Ryan Smith has said that the alpine grazing trial will continue but that the government is "still working on the details".

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Once was Coomoora

The following is the last post from the community group that defended the Coomoora woodland in south eastern Melbourne for so long.

Heavy machinery moved into Coomoora on 12 January 2011, reducing much of the woodland to woodchip ... 

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keep the cattle out of the Alpine National Park

Cattle were removed from the Alpine National Park in 2005 by the government of
Steve Bracks. This was an important step forward for good land management in
our state. Since then, some of the long term damage caused by decades of
grazing have started to heal. Cattle were removed from the Alpine National Park in 2005 by the government of
Steve Bracks. This was an important step forward for good land management in
our state. Since then, some of the long term damage caused by decades of
grazing have started to heal.

 

 

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What is the real cost of Ted Baillieu’s wind energy policy?

In late August, the Baillieu government implemented new planning rules which  place large sections of Victoria off-limits to wind farm developments through the creation of No Go zones, and set in place a 2 kilometre ‘right of veto’, whereby a single household can block any turbines within 2 kilometres of their home.

It appears that this has already threatened up to $525 million in investment and up to 1,400 jobs.

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VCAT Knocks Back $70 million Eastern Golf Course Relocation

Environmental Organisations Friends of the Earth (FoE) and Healesville Environment Watch Inc (HEWI) took part in a hearing in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

After a 10 day hearing in which 13 experts gave evidence, VCAT has overturned Council's decision to grant a planning permit to allow a controversial golf course relocation to be built in close proximity to Melbourne's water supply.

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Anti-nuclear and Clean Energy campaign in 2010

Hello friends of Friends of the Earth,

We'd like to share with you a summary of the Anti-nuclear and Clean Energy (ACE) collective's work over the past year, and to send a big THANKS! to everyone who has supported our work.

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