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Media releases 2012

Baillieu takes axe to Victoria's red gum national parks - Burke must intervene

Thursday 4 December 2012

In a massive step backwards for protection of Victoria's national parks and threatened species the Baillieu Government will re-introduce logging into Barmah National Park on the Murray River under the guise of 'ecological thinning' trials.

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Public ski resort groomed for private sale

Thursday 28 November 2012

Lake Mountain, Melbourne's closest and most affordable alpine resort, will soon be given over to developers in a long‐term lease that effectively privatises public land.

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Victoria's Big Fish Count kicks off this weekend

Friday 23 November 2012

Nearly 400 divers and snorkelers will spend the next two weeks finding out if there really are plenty more fish in the sea - by counting them.

From 24 November to 9 December, divers and snorkelers from dive clubs, high schools, community groups and the general public will count fish on 22 reefs from Cape Conran in Victoria's east to Portland in the west.

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Ten years on, Victoria can again be a world leader in marine conservation

Friday 16 November 2012

Ten years ago today, Victoria became the first place in the world to establish a network of marine national parks and sanctuaries.

Now, a decade later, government action is needed if the state is to future-proof its unique marine waters.

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Parks are for nature not private development

Thursday 23 August 2012

The Baillieu Government's decision today to open up Victoria's national parks to tourism development and private investment sets a dangerous precedent for the state's conservation reserves.

"This is a misguided and dangerous new direction in management of our magnificent network of national parks and reserves," Victorian National Parks Association executive director Matt Ruchel said today.

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Protect the laws that protect the places Australians love

Tuesday 14 August 2012

As Federal Parliament resumed today, peak environment groups launched a campaign calling on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to abandon a plan to weaken Australia's system of environmental laws.

The environment groups object to the plan to allow state governments to approve developments that affect the environment without federal oversight. The plan is being driven by demands from the Business Council of Australia and state governments to fast-track development approvals.

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No need for prospecting in Victoria's national parks

Wednesday 8 August 2012

There should be no prospecting or fossicking for precious metals in national parks, the Victorian National Parks Association said today.

"The real treasures in our parks are the natural treasures, and they belong to all of us," said VNPA executive director Matt Ruchel.

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Prospects for Victoria's national parks increasingly tarnished

Wednesday 20 June 2012

National parks and other high conservation areas should not be opened up to widespread mineral prospecting, the Victorian National Parks Association has warned.

"We oppose any further extension of prospecting in national parks and other areas of conservation significance," VNPA spokesperson Phil Ingamells said today.

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Anger at urban growth plans scrapping of bandicoot habitat corridors

Thursday, 14 June 2012

The Baillieu Government's decision to scrap plans for the creation of vital habitat corridors for Victoria's endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot have angered conservation groups.

"Victorian conservation groups are alarmed and angry at the Baillieu Government's decision yesterday to drop a draft plan that would have created up to three bandicoot habitat corridors in Melbourne's rapidly expanding southeast growth corridor," Executive Director of the Victorian National Parks Association Executive Director Matt Ruchel said today.

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World environment daze on national green laws

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

On world environment day this year the VNPA joined other national and state-based environment groups to attack plans to hand back federal environmental approvals to state governments through a joint communique.

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Government fingers burnt on firewood policy bungle

Thursday, 19 April 2012

The Baillieu Government has finally admitted that a bungle by the Department of Sustainability and environment encouraged the public to break the law under new firewood regulations and yesterday quietly introduced legislation to fix the problem.

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Government can no longer ignore cattle polluting Victorian river systems

Monday, 16 April 2012

The Baillieu Government can no longer turn a blind eye to cattle fouling Victorian river systems after a health department report revealed cow faeces are contaminating waterways and posing unacceptable risks to human health, the Victorian National Parks Association has warned.

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Statewide call to save our precious wildlife habitats

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

More than 36 national, state, regional and local environment and conservation groups representing thousands of Victorians have called on the Baillieu Government to undertake an extensive and open consultation process in a proposed review of native vegetation rules.

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Federal Parliament backs ban on alpine grazing - Victorian Government's grazing trial still flawed

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The failure of a disallowance motion by the National Party in Federal Parliament today to overturn the federal regulation underlying the ban on cattle grazing in Victoria's alpine region is a victory for commonsense and good environmental decision making.

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Baillieu puts cows before Murray River Park and campers

Thursday, 1 March 2012

The Baillieu Government has overturned a decision to protect large areas of the Murray River in new parks, giving the green light to continued cattle grazing in areas originally earmarked for conservation protection and pushing out local campers.

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Victorians encouraged to break law in firewood free-for-all

Wednesday, 29 March 2012

An administrative bungle by Victoria's Department of Sustainability and Environment to allow free firewood collection in State forests could lead to members of the public facing prosecution in the courts, legal advice obtained by the Victorian National Parks Association shows.

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Burke decision on alpine cattle grazing a victory for good science and commonsense

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Today's announcement by federal environment minister Tony Burke to ban cattle grazing from the Alpine National Park has been applauded by the Victorian National Parks Association as a victory for commonsense and good science.

The VNPA led the community campaign against the Baillieu Government's deeply flawed decision to reintroduce cattle grazing as part of a nonsensical scientific trial in the Alpine National Park.

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