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Media releases 2010

Divers take the plunge for the Great Victorian Fish Count

Friday, 3 December 2010

Hundreds of volunteer divers will suit up and plunge into Victoria's marine waters over the next two weeks for the Great Victorian Fish Count.

The annual event, run by Reef Watch Victoria, will see around 200 divers and 200 snorkellers take to the water at 25 sites from East Gippsland to Portland to count fish and take a snapshot of our marine environment's health.

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Victorian environment in voters' hands this Saturday

Friday, 26 November 2010

Victoria's four leading environment groups have published a final assessment of the main parties' environment policies one day ahead of the state election, saying the next four years will be crucial for deciding the fate of Victoria's climate, rivers, forests and wildlife.

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Groups call for a halt to Port of Hastings expansion plans

Monday, 22 November 2010

Environment and community groups are calling for a halt on plans to significantly expand the Port of Hastings due to the unacceptable risks they pose to Westernport Bay's environmental and recreational values.

"Westernport has remarkable environmental and recreational values right on Melbourne's doorstep," said the Victorian National Parks Association's Marine and Coastal Project Officer Simon Branigan.

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Grab bag for Victoria's natural environment exposes need for new approach

Responding to Labor's parks and environment policy announcement today the Victorian National Parks Association and The Wilderness Society said there needs to be a new vision and comprehensive plan for Victoria's natural areas.

"Victoria is the most cleared state in Australia and has some of the highest numbers of threatened plants and animals in the country," the VNPA's executive director Matt Ruchel said.

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Coalition bushfire response fails to support vital fuel reduction research

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

The Coalition's statement today on bushfire policy fails to understand the complexities of fire management, and the need to build our expertise in fire prevention.

"The Coalition appears to have ignored two important recommendations of the Bushfires Royal Commission," the VNPA's fire project spokesperson Phil Ingamells said today.

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Natural gems of central Victoria listed on new 'Register of Special Places' website

Thursday, 11 November 2010

The Victorian National Parks Association and local environment groups today released a new online 'Register of Special Places' for areas of high conservation significance needing better protection across central Victoria.

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Coalition lagging on environment

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Victoria's four major environment groups say they are sorely disappointed by the handful of environment policies released by the Victorian Coalition so far in the lead up to the state election.

The groups today released an updated assessment of the environment policies of the three major parties. The Greens have increased their score from 90 to 93 per cent and Labor's score has risen from 45 to 47 per cent, but the Liberal-National Coalition has fallen a further three percentage points, with a total of just 11 per cent.

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Coalition commits to independent environment council and marine inquiry

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

The VNPA has welcomed the Coalition's commitments to retain the independent Victorian Environmental Assessment Council and initiate a new investigation into the marine environment, marine national parks, and the state of Victoria's rivers and wetlands.

"Thanks to VEAC, Victoria has the best process in Australia for dealing with public land and natural resource management," said VNPA Executive Director Matt Ruchel.

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Opinion: Why cattle will never again roam free in the high country

Sunday, 31 October 2010

The VNPA's Phil Ingamells discusses why the Victorian Coalition's promise to return cattle grazing to the state's high country is a backward move, and analyses why cattle shouldn't, indeed can't, return to the Alpine National Park.

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Victoria's marine world on display

Friday, 29 October 2010

The Victorian National Parks Association is continuing its campaign to highlight the unique and threatened values of Victoria's marine world by launching a new website, Explore Underwater Victoria, and releasing the third edition of the field guide Life on the Rocky Shores.

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Environment policy race on for state election

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Victoria's four major environment groups today released the first of three independent environment policy scorecards in the lead-up to November's state election.

Based on an analysis of public policy announcements to date, and a survey completed by all major parties, The Greens are currently leading with a score of 90 per cent, Labor is in second place on 45 per cent, and the Liberal-National Coalition are trailing on 14 per cent.

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VNPA applauds decision to retain VEAC

Friday, 15 October 2010

The Victorian National Parks Association has welcomed today's announcement by the Brumby Government that it will retain the state's key independent environmental advisory body, the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council.

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Thirteen thirsty reasons for action on water for red gum parks

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Two of Victoria's leading environment groups today released 'The Thirsty 13' - a guide showcasing thirteen plants and animals at serious risk if Victoria's new River Red Gum national parks are not allocated enough water.

"The Thirsty 13 species have been literally dying for a drink for years. Without immediate action, the next Victorian government will condemn the Thirsty 13, and many others, to a grim future," Victorian National Parks Association spokesman Nick Roberts said today.

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Partial protection for East Gippsland forest icons

Friday, 1 October 2010

Environment groups have welcomed the announcement today by Victorian Environment Minister Gavin Jennings that 45,500 hectares of old growth and other forests in East Gippsland will be added to the conservation reserve system.

National Parks Association Philip Ingamells said.

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New TV ad showcases Mornington's unique marine life

Thursday, 30 September 2010

The Mornington Peninsula's unique marine life is starring in a new TV commercial promoting marine conservation.

Weedy Seadragons, Bottlenose Dolphins, Blue Devilfish and Port Jackson Sharks are among the colourful local marine life featuring in the new ad.

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New leadership an opportunity to create a new future for national park management

Monday, 27 September 2010

The Victorian National Parks Association today welcomed the Brumby Government's appointment of an internationally renowned conservation planner as the new chief executive of Parks Victoria.

Dr Bill Jackson, currently Deputy Director-General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has the capacity and opportunity to bring Victoria's conservation management firmly into the 21st century.

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Awareness campaign highlights unique features of Victoria's marine world

Monday, 20 September 2010

The Victorian National Parks Association has launched a new television ad featuring some of Victoria's unique and beautiful marine life.

The ad, which began screening across Victoria yesterday, is part of a new campaign to raise awareness about the unique values of our marine environment and some of the threats facing the state's marine and coastal areas.

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Local burn targets, not a statewide target, need to be considered

Friday, 27 August 2010

The Victorian National Parks Association today called on the State Government to have a close look at regional targets for fuel reduction burning instead of a one size fits all statewide target, and to increase funding for ecological monitoring and research.

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Environment groups call for regional fuel reduction burn targets

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

The Victorian National Parks Association and the Wilderness Society today released a more detailed response to the final report of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, addressing the issues of fuel reduction burning, clearing of roadside vegetation and planning, and native vegetation controls.

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Environment groups supportive of final bushfire report

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Environment groups have welcomed the final report of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission saying they understand why it has recommended a statewide target of five per cent for fuel reduction burning to achieve the number one goal of protecting human lives.

"In recommending this target, we welcome the emphasis the Royal Commission has placed on the urgent need to gather further data, undertake greater research and monitoring and establish a commonwealth centre for bushfire research," spokesman for the Victorian National Parks Association Philip Ingamells said.

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New research shows action needed on marine protection

Saturday, 24 July 2010

A highly anticipated scientific report into the urgent need to better protect Victoria's marine environment was released by the Victorian National Parks Association today.

Launching the report at Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary on Port Phillip Bay, VNPA Executive Director Matt Ruchel said the association would not be deterred by this week's knee-jerk decision by the Brumby Government to rule out new marine parks in the next term of government.

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Knee-jerk reaction betrays marine environment

Thursday, 22 July 2010

The Victorian National Parks Association has expressed dismay and anger at the State Government's decision to rule out any increase in the number of marine national parks in Victoria in the next term of government.

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Victoria should be a leader in marine protection

Friday, 16 July 2010

Victoria's marine environment is diverse, beautiful and unique, with 80% of marine species found nowhere else on earth, the Victorian National Parks Association said today.

"Marine national parks are the most effective and efficient way to protect unique habitats," VNPA's Marine and Coastal Project Officer Simon Branigan said.

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Brumby Government opens door to woodchipping in Central Victoria

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Environment groups are alarmed at a Brumby Government decision that opens the door to woodchipping of state forests in Central Victoria by handing over timber rights in the region to VicForests.

"High conservation value forests across central and western Victoria are being targeted by VicForests," Victorian National Parks Association spokesman Nick Roberts said today.

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Anger at Brumby Government plan to axe key environment institution

Sunday, 27 June 2010

The future of planning for the protection of native plants and animals is under threat from a Brumby Government decision to abolish the independent Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC).

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Brumby Government breaks historic parks promise

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Conservation groups today condemned a Brumby Government decision to allow recreational shooting of native water birds in the new Murray River Park, which stretches between Wodonga and Mildura.

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Oil spill risk makes marine protection a federal election issue

Monday, 21 June, 2010

Rising community and environmental concern about a lack of action to provide safeguards against the risk of large scale oil spills in Australia will be a high profile issue leading up to the federal election, Australia's leading conservation groups said today in a joint statement.

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Bastion Point decision in Jennings' hands

Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Environment groups have called on Victorian Environment Minister Gavin Jennings to reject the environmentally damaging Bastion Point Boat Harbour proposal in the wake of today's Supreme Court decision.

The Honourable Justice Osborn, of the Supreme Court of Victoria, delivered his judgement on the case Friends of Mallacoota vs Minister of Planning and Anor.

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Call for better protection of special places in Central Victoria

Monday, 24 May 2010

A new report released today calls for a dramatic increase in government spending to manage Central Victoria's natural areas and greater protection of more than 100,000 hectares of state forest.

The report, Better Protection for Special Places, released by the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA), documents a new investigation into the natural values of 20 areas covering 108,000 ha of state forest across Central Victoria.

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Groups unite to applaud NSW red gum parks decision

Wednesday, 20 May 2010

Eleven environment groups today united to applaud action by the Keneally Government to increase the area of new River Red Gum national parks in NSW and deliver improved outcomes for Traditional Owners.

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Environmental water buybacks a priority

Friday, 26 February 2010

The Victorian National Parks Association today welcomed the State Government's commitment to deliver environmental water to stressed river red gum forests and wetlands along the Murray River at Mulcra Island near Mildura.

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