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Media releases 2008

New Red Gum Parks a historic decision for Victoria

December 30, 2008

Environment groups today applauded the Brumby Government’s announcement to create a chain of new River Red Gum National Parks along the Murray, Goulburn and Ovens rivers in northern Victoria. Groups described the commitment as one of the most significant in Victoria’s history.

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Premier calls for Barmah grazing to end

December 2, 2008

Calls by Victorian Premier John Brumby for cattle to be removed from the Barmah forest on the River Murray have today been welcomed by Victoria’s leading nature conservation organisation.

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Wetland water ineffective without national park protection

November 25, 2008 

One of Victoria’s leading conservation groups today welcomed the Brumby Government’s announcement that the Barmah forest near Echuca had received 250 million litres of environmental water to help improve the health of the area.

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Victorian Government logs last significant stands of old-growth forests

October 29, 2008

The Brumby government continues to stall on delivering a stated election commitment to protect old-growth forests as bulldozers and chainsaws move in to the irreplaceable "Valley of the Giants" forest in East Gippsland, conservation groups said today.

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International underwater treasures finally recognised

October 17, 2008

The Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA) and the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) today commended the Scientific Advisory Committee’s decision to list for protection a rare sponge community that had been threatened by the dredging in Port Phillip Bay.

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Clearing threatens critically endangered habitat

October 15, 2008

The Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA) today called on the federal government to protect native species, as one of Victoria's most endangered habitats comes under threat from illegal clearing and plans for a new housing development.

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Economic benefits more than triple the costs of new Red Gum parks

September 15, 2008

A new report has reaffirmed the significant economic benefits to regional towns and communities if new Red Gum national parks are established along the River Murray and its tributaries in northern Victoria.

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Government looks shaky on the Murray and Red Gum Parks

August 7, 2008

The Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA) today expressed alarm at the State Government's decision to delay declaring new River Red Gum national parks along the Murray by instead setting up another inquiry.

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Premier must deliver on redgum parks election promise

July 25, 2008

The Victorian Government must honour its key election promise to establish major new Red Gum national parks in the north of the State after an independent government advisory group today recommended their creation, leading environment groups said.

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Report reveals cancer risk from Yarra mouth chemical

May 16, 2008

A chemical which poses a toxic health risk to marine life and could cause cancer in humans has been found in extremely high levels at the mouth of the Yarra River, a previously unreleased report reveals.

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Victoria running out of time to save threatened species

April 6, 2008

An alliance of eight environment groups has warned Victoria is fast running out of time to save many of its native plants and animals threatened with extinction.

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Dredging to destroy international underwater treasures

April 3, 2008

The destruction of more than 100 species of underwater sponges found nowhere else in the world will begin tomorrow at Port Phillip Heads, leading environment groups said today.

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Environment groups say new national park vital to saving Victoria's threatened species

March 30, 2008

The creation of a new 18400 hectare national park in south-west Victoria will provide vital protection for biodiversity and a boost for local economies, leading environment groups said today.

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Red Gum parks a national priority

March 12, 2008

A major report released today has identified the River Red Gum wetland forests on the Victorian and NSW border as one of the highest priorities for new protected areas in Australia.

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Government admits to over-logging but keeps on chopping

February 1, 2008

As people around the globe celebrate World Wetlands Day on February 2, the Victorian Government continues to over-log internationally significant Red Gum wetlands in defiance of its own laws.

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Local councils desperate for state support to overturn biodiversity crisis

January 21, 2008

Local councils are frustrated by a lack of State Government funds and resources to battle Victoria’s growing biodiversity crisis and are crying out for help in the face of climate change, an alliance of eight environment groups said today.

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