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Media releases 2009

Grasslands must be protected for future

Wednesday, 16 December, 2009

A leading conservation group today supported calls by Victorian researchers to save Melbourne’s unique grasslands environment from the Brumby Government’s plans to extend Melbourne’s urban growth boundary (UGB).

In a statement released yesterday, researchers highlighted studies by the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and RMIT University, which have shown that even small patches of grasslands, such as those earmarked for clearing under the UGB proposal, can support populations of endangered species.

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50 year vision brings hope for Victorian environment

Tuesday, 8 December, 2009

An alliance of leading environment groups today welcomed the Victorian Government’s 50-year vision to reverse the state’s loss of nature and to reconnect the landscape, but warned it would take serious investment to make this vision a reality.

"The Victoria Naturally Alliance applauds the government’s new Land and Biodiversity White Paper and its proposal to reconnect the landscape with very large networks of wildlife corridors," alliance spokesperson Karen Alexander said.

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Great Victorian Fish Count: finding fish on the run from climate change

Saturday, 5 December, 2009

Volunteer divers will today suit up and plunge into Victoria's marine waters to explore kelp forests, seagrass meadows and sponge gardens as part of the annual Great Victorian Fish Count.

Held every year since 2005, the volunteer-based Great Victorian Fish Count is part of a program that is revealing a changing marine world in which species are moving further south as a result of rising ocean temperatures under climate change.

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Boobook Declaration: Environment groups call for action in 2010 International Year of Biodiversity

Friday, 4 December, 2009

The Victorian National Parks Association has joined 40 environment groups from across Australia to call on the Australian Government to act decisively to protect biodiversity in 2010, the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity.

The groups, representing hundreds of thousands of Australians, want the Federal Government to triple biodiversity investment to $9 billion over three years for on-ground work, stewardship payments, water buy-back, protected area extension and management, research, education and training.

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New national parks now a reality

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Victoria's much-loved magnificent River Red Gums along the Murray, Goulburn and Ovens rivers in northern Victoria will now be protected for many generations to come.

Legislation passed in State Parliament last night gave the green light for the creation of almost 100,000 hectares of new River Red Gum national parks from Lake Hume to the South Australian border, a decision much-applauded by the state's leading environment groups.

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Green groups put parties on notice

Friday, 27 November, 2009

A healthy environment and a safe future for all Victorians must be the top priority for all parties contesting the 2010 state election, Victoria's leading environment groups said today.

One year out from the state election the Victorian National Parks Association, Environment Victoria, The Wilderness Society and Friends of the Earth have released a document outlining seven key areas that require urgent action by the party that wins next November's state election.

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Bay dredging clean-up fudged

Wednesday 25 November, 2009

Following the announcement today that channel dredging in Port Phillip Bay has been completed, the Victorian National Parks Association revealed that the Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) breached key environmental conditions, consequently damaging significant marine life in the bay.

Documents from the PoMC website show the Queen of the Netherlands ship continued to dredge areas of Port Phillip Bay that had not been adequately cleaned - a clear breach of the standards set out in the Environmental Management Plan.

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Liberal Party conservation credentials shattered

Thursday 12 October, 2009

The Victorian Liberal Party has ruined its conservation credentials after indicating in Parliament last night that they would vote against a Bill to create new River Red Gum national parks along the Murray River.

The Bill follows a three year independent investigation by the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council, a body whose predecessor the Lands (Land) Conservation Council was originally created by the Victorian Liberal Party.

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Liberals must support historic parks legislation

Thursday 16 October, 2009

Environment groups today congratulated the Brumby Government's decision to legislate for a chain of new River Red Gum national parks along the Murray, Goulburn and Ovens rivers in northern Victoria.

The Australian Conservation Foundation, Friends of the Earth, The Wilderness Society, Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA) and Environment Victoria have described the commitment as one of the most significant in Victoria's history and called on the Liberal Party to support the legislation in the Upper House.

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Opinion: Shame on us

Shame on us that Tim Flannery has to take his conservation plea to Europe (The Age, Oct9). We can afford $42 billion on built infrastructure but almost nothing on our natural infrastructure, the very system that holds our ecological home together.

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Scientists warn government about 'cows in rivers' policy

Tuesday 6 October, 2009

Cow faeces will continue to pollute most of Victoria's rivers as the Brumby Government prepares to re-issue stock grazing licences, despite receiving strong legal and scientific advice against doing so.

A new report, Human Health Risk From Crown Water Frontage Licences, released today from Monash University, links human health risks and poor water quality to rivers in which cattle are permitted to graze.

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Port of Melbourne should cough up for bay dredging damage bill

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Port of Melbourne Corporation should be forced to use its environmental performance bond to make up for the serious and unexpected dredging impacts on Port Phillip Bay's unique sponge gardens, the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA) and the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) said today.

VNPA spokesperson Paige Shaw said the Brumby Government should make those responsible pay for turning Melbourne's colourful sponge gardens into a construction site.

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Planned burns and clearing will not stop catastrophic fire events: report

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bushfires reportPrescribed burns did not significantly slow the spread of bushfire in the catastrophic conditions of Black Saturday, states a new report released today.

The report, commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), The Wilderness Society and the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA), analyses the driving influences of the February 7 fires and looks at how the fires passed through and affected different areas of land. It was submitted to the Royal Commission today.

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Government's 'cows in rivers' policy a legal liability

Friday, September 4, 2009

Premier John Brumby could face legal action if he fails to act on a report released today detailing how the Victorian Government's 'cows in rivers' policy poses serious risks to human health.

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Industry job loss claims overblown

August 28, 2009

Environment groups have called for the River Red Gum logging industry and its lobby groups to apologise for creating unnecessary community concern over job losses associated with the creation of new Red Gum national parks along the River Murray.

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Opinion: Re-think fuel reduction burns

Printed in the Weekly Times, August 26, 2009

The fires of Black Saturday were truly terrible, but it may be time to take a deep breath before we take revenge on the bush, writes Phil Ingamells.

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Brumby Government to continue logging Victoria's 500-year-old forests

August 21, 2009

To the disappointment of Victoria’s leading conservation groups, the Brumby Government today announced that the remaining areas of Brown Mountain old growth forest in Victoria’s east will be logged, mostly for woodchips to be exported to Japan to make paper.

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Conservation groups welcome legal action against planning minister

August 6, 2009

Conservation groups today welcomed the decision by Friends of Mallacoota to take Victorian Planning Minister Justin Madden to the Supreme Court to challenge his approval of an extensive boat ramp and breakwater development at Mallacoota in the state's far-east.

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End to logging signals exciting new era for River Red Gum Parks

June 29, 2009

The Victorian National Parks Association today heralded the end to commercial logging in a majority of Victoria’s River Red Gum forests as a significant step towards the creation of world class national parks.

VNPA spokesperson Nick Roberts said the end to damaging logging on 30 June would help protect many threatened species and ensure their survival into the future.

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City sprawl could eat up endangered grasslands and prized green wedges

June 17, 2009

The proposed large-scale expansion of the urban growth boundary announced today by the Brumby Government could gobble up some of Melbourne's green wedges and destroy significant areas of endangered native grasslands, conservation and local environment groups say.

Matt Ruchel, executive director of the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA), welcomed the proposal for new grassland reserves but said expansion of the urban growth boundary could destroy thousands of hectares of endangered grasslands.

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Planning minister betrays Victorian Coastal Strategy

June 11, 2009

Minister for Planning Justin Madden today ignored the basic principles of the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2008 when he announced the go ahead for the controversial Bastion Point breakwater and headland development in Mallacoota in the state's far-east.

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Pt Nepean quarantine station 'outstanding' addition to national park

June 2, 2009

The Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA) today congratulated both the state and federal governments for delivering on their election commitments to transfer the 90 hectare National Heritage listed Point Nepean Quarantine Station to Victoria and for making the area part of the Point Nepean National Park.

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Brumby Government protecting paddocks instead of 500-year-old forests

May 25, 2009

An investigative report released today reveals that the Brumby Government is breaking a 2006 election promise by protecting paddocks and previously logged areas instead of Victoria's ancient old growth forests.

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Superb Parrot protected from logging

May 11, 2009

The Victorian National Parks Association today welcomed the Federal Government's decision to protect the vulnerable Superb Parrot by halting the logging of its River Red Gum forest habitat in NSW.

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Red Gum parks and Point Nepean the winners in 2009 Victorian State Budget

May 6, 2009

The Victorian National Parks Association today congratulated the State Government on budget spending for Victoria's Point Nepean and River Red Gum national parks.

VNPA Campaigns Manager Megan Clinton said the River Red Gums parks announcement, which includes the structural adjustment package, would ensure effective management of the iconic area and encourage more regional jobs.

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Red Gum parks will deliver economic, environmental and social benefits

April 22, 2009

The Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA) today welcomed Environment Minister Gavin Jennings' visit to northern Victoria to talk with local communities about the development of new River Red Gum national parks and how they will impact on future investment and job creation in the area.

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Calls for land transfer to secure historic protection of Point Nepean National Park

April 6, 2009

The Victorian National Parks Association is calling on the Brumby and Rudd governments to fulfil their election commitments and transfer the Point Nepean Quarantine Station to Victoria and designate it as a national park as a matter of urgency.

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Logging of ‘Valley of the Giants’ forest walk must stop

January 22, 2009

Victoria’s leading conservation groups today called on the Victorian Government to end logging of old growth forest around the proposed ‘Valley of the Giants’ forest walk in East Gippsland.

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