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Media releases 2011

Timber plan a shocker for forests and parks

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

The Victorian National Parks Association and the Wilderness Society have highlighted serious flaws in the State Government's new timber industry action plan, saying it fails to protect native animals, plants and forests.

The VNPA is particularly concerned by proposals for logging in areas once considered off-limits.

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True blue and counting: fish count gears up to monitor Victoria's bluest and rarest

Friday, 2 December 2011

This weekend more than 300 divers and snorkellers will plunge into Victoria's spectacular marine environment for the annual Great Victorian Fish Count, which kicks off on Saturday and runs for two weeks.

"This year all things blue will be on the Fish Count radar because sometimes the wonders of the deep blue sea are, well, as blue as that sea," Victorian National Parks Association's Reef Watch co-ordinator Wendy Roberts said today.

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Anglesea heathlands should be protected, not handed over to mining giant Alcoa

Tuesday, 22 October 2011

Environment groups have accused the State Government of failing to justify its decision to renew a 50 year lease that will put control of Anglesea's nationally significant heathlands into the hands of mining giant Alcoa.

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Firewood free-for-all sets Victorian parks management back decades

Thursday, 27 October 2011

The Victorian National Parks Association today slammed the Baillieu Government for setting national parks protection back decades by allowing firewood collection in River Red Gum national parks along the Murray River.

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Landmark decision protects Alpine National Park from cattle grazing

Friday, 21 October 2011

The Federal Government has today made a landmark decision to pass regulations that will protect the Alpine National Park from damaging cattle grazing, introduced by the BaillieuGovernment last year under the guise of scientific research.

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Alpine grazing trial produces nothing new

Friday, 14 October 2011

Results released today of last year's controversial alpine cattle grazing trial only prove what a waste of time and money the so-called scientific experiments have been, the Victorian National Parks Association said today.

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Victorian marine inquiry ignores almost 90 per cent of coastal waters

Thursday, 13 September 2011

Almost 90 per cent of Victoria's coastal waters have been left out of a new inquiry into threats facing the state's marine environment, the Victorian National Parks Association said today.

"The State Government's new marine investigation is far too narrow and only focuses on 11% of coastal waters already protected in marine reserves," said VNPA Marine and Coastal Project Officer Simon Branigan.

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Report offers Victorian river solution on World Rivers Day

Sunday, 25 September 2011

A new report 'Riverside Rescue' launched today on World Rivers Day highlights Victoria's degraded rivers and streams and identifies policy solutions that would help the Baillieu Government repair rivers and improve water quality across Victoria.

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Firewood collection a threat to red gum national parks

Wednesday, 22 September 2011

The Victorian National Parks Association is deeply alarmed at a decision by the Baillieu Government to amend the state's national parks legislation to allow firewood collection in red gum national parks along the Murray River.

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Baillieu Government burns private firewood suppliers

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Conservation groups have described a Baillieu Government decision to scrap permits needed to collect firewood on public land as environmentally irresponsible and anti-competitive.

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Federal Government will put the 'national' into national parks

Thursday, 21 July 2011

The Victorian National Parks Association has welcomed moves by federal environment minister Tony Burke to add Commonwealth protection to Australia's national parks."This will truly put the 'national' into national parks," VNPA spokesman Phil Ingamells said today.

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Westernport Bay legislation sets government on collision course with environment and community groups

Thursday, 30 June 2011

New legislation due to be debated in State Parliament today will set the Victorian Government on a collision course with environment and community groups over plans to expand the Port of Hastings in Westernport Bay.

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Voluntary water buybacks must continue to save the Murray-Darling

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Victorian environment groups have called on the Federal Government to stick to its election promise to 'bridge the gap' and save the Murray-Darling river system by buying back water entitlements from willing sellers.

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Good news for friendliest fish in the sea

The Victorian National Parks Association today welcomed the State Government's decision to protect the eastern and western blue groper from fishing by imposing a 12 month 'no catch' limit.

"The blue groper is known as the friendliest fish in the sea, due to its habit of swimming up to divers to take a closer look," said Marine and Coastal Project Officer Simon Branigan.

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Report provides blueprint for Baillieu Government approach to nature conservation

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Victoria's leading nature conservation group has highlighted a key opportunity for the Baillieu Government to demonstrate its policy approach to nature conservation - by supporting the recommendations of a report tabled in Parliament yesterday by the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC).

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Murray-Darling Basin Authority 'cooks the books' on community consultation

Friday, 20 May 2011

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority's summary of feedback on their controversial guide to the proposed Basin Plan ignores and censors the vast majority of submissions, which support stronger action to revive the ailing river system, environment groups say.

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Alpine grazing battle not over till the cows come home - permanently!

Thursday, 7 April 2011

More than 500 people filled the Box Hill Town Hall last night in a strong show of public opposition to the State Government's six-year alpine grazing trial.

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'Cattle' romp through Melbourne's heritage icon

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

A herd of four life-sized cow puppets visited Melbourne's heritage icons today, including Parliament House and the Royal Exhibition Building, as environment groups ramped up calls for the Baillieu Government to abandon its six-year cattle grazing trial in the heritage-listed Alpine National Park.

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Environment groups applaud federal decision on Alpine grazing: Victoria must remove cattle

Friday, 18 March 2011

The Victorian National Parks Association and The Wilderness Society have welcomed 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.

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Tourism facilities in national parks could kill 'golden egg'

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The Victorian National Parks Association says a recommendation by the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission to open national parks to private tourism facilities is simplistic and would be a dangerous new direction for park management.

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Statement: Misinformation campaign continues on alpine cattle grazing

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Today's claims by the Mountain Cattlemen's Association of Victoria regarding a recent visit to the Alpine National Park by federal environment minister Tony Burke, the media and the Victorian National Parks Association highlights the extent to which MCAV will go to mislead the public on alpine cattle grazing.

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Government must act to protect Victoria's marine environment, says Auditor-General

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

A report by Victoria's Auditor-General on the management of the state's marine protected areas (MPAs) has highlighted some clear gaps and failings in the way this spectacular underwater world is cared for.

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Alpine grazing precedent threatens all parks

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

The Victorian Government's so called 'scientific trial' of cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park could set a precedent that would open the gate for cattle grazing and other damaging activities in national parks around the country, environment and heritage groups have warned.

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Alpine cattle discovered trampling endangered frogs and wetlands

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Cattle recently allowed into Victoria's Alpine National Park as a 'scientific trial' are trampling threatened Alpine Tree Frogs and their wetland habitat, says leading alpine ecologist Dr Henrik Wahren.

The Alpine Tree Frog and alpine wetlands are listed as nationally threatened under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.

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Call for federal intervention to halt march of cattle back into the Alpine National Park

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Victorian National Parks Association has written to Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke, calling on him to intervene and stop the march of cattle back into the fragile Alpine National Park.

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Legal advice confirms Victorian Alpine grazing plans will need federal approval

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Victorian National Parks Association has released legal advice confirming that the Baillieu Government must refer any plans to return cattle grazing to the Alpine National Park to the Federal Government for consideration and approval.

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