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Media releases 2014

Time to move on from alpine cattle grazing

Monday 29 December 2014

The decision to end cattle grazing in Victoria's Alpine National Park means cattle can now stay at home in paddocks where they belong instead of trampling and trashing one of our finest natural areas.

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Labor's environment policy will reverse four years of backward steps

Wednesday 26 November 2014

With just days left until Victorians vote the state's natural environment has been recognised by one of the two major political parties, Victorian Labor, which released its environment policy late on Tuesday afternoon.

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Coalition's alpine grazing trial hearing just days before election

Tuesday 25 November 2014

The Coalition's alpine cattle grazing policy is under the legal spotlight again today, with a hearing in Victoria's Supreme Court.

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10 point action plan to fix Victoria's parks system

Wednesday 19 November 2014

A 10 point action plan to undo damaging impacts such as alpine cattle grazing and 99-year private leases in Victoria's national parks has been released ahead of the November 29 state election.

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Sir David Attenborough backs Great Forest National Park

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Iconic naturalist and filmmaker Sir David Attenborough has lent his support to the Great Forest National Park proposal to help save the Leadbeater's (Fairy) Possum, while more than 30 groups have called on all Victorian election candidates to do the same.

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Dismay at signing of lease agreement for Point Nepean Quarantine Station

Friday 7 November 2014

Community and environment groups are dismayed and greatly disappointed that on the eve of the election caretaker period the Napthine Government has moved ahead with signing a 50-year 'lease agreement' with a private developer for the historic Point Nepean National Park Quarantine Station.

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Nationals deputy leader rejects calls for sustainable approach to Strathbogie forests

Monday 27 October 2014

Victorian Nationals deputy leader Peter Walsh has brushed aside pleas from Strathbogie Ranges residents for a more balanced approach to managing the area's forests.

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Red Alert for Point Nepean - Picnic against over-development of parks

Sunday 26 October 2014

Hundreds of people wearing red and carrying bells, whistles and banners are gathering at the historic Quarantine Station in Victoria's Point Nepean National Park today for a picnic protesting the Napthine Government's plans to lease the site for a private resort.

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Victorians love their national parks – new survey

Saturday 25 October 2014

Victorians overwhelmingly support national parks, according to an independent statewide survey released today, with the vast majority supporting national parks, their role in protecting threatened species and the need for increasing funding.

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Pt Nepean luxury hotel development must be suspended

Monday 29 September, 2014

Private development of the historic Quarantine Station in Point Nepean National Park should be suspended following revelations it would require the removal of a large area of threatened native bushland under Victorian bushfire planning rules.

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Murky future for Victoria's rivers

Sunday 28 September 2014

As millions of people in 60 countries across the world today celebrate World Rivers Day, the Napthine Government is preparing to re-issue thousands of licences allowing cattle to pollute rivers and damage public riverbanks along 30,000 kilometres of rivers across Victoria.

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Hastings port threat taken to Switzerland

Tuesday 16 September 2014

A Westernport community group representative headed to Switzerland today to present the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, the body in charge of international wetland treaties, with a letter outlining the imminent threat posed by the massive Port of Hastings development to Westernport Bay's extensive wetlands.

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Weak laws failing to protect Victoria's natural heritage

Tuesday 9 September 2014

A sweeping review of Victorian conservation priorities has highlighted the pressing need for a renewed focus by all political parties on environmental governance if natural areas are to remain healthy.
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Greg Hunt must protect Westernport Bay from flawed Major Projects process

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Environment and community groups from across Australia are calling on Federal Environmental Minister Greg Hunt to save the fragile environment of Westernport Bay amid ongoing concerns over the Coalition's One Stop Shop policy.

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Anger as Mt Stirling road development fast-tracked out of VCAT

Thursday 17 July 2014

Victorian planning minister Matthew Guy has launched a desperate bid to shut down public debate on a proposed new 'road to nowhere' between Mt Buller and Mt Stirling by pulling it out of the state's planning appeals process.

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Community back in court in bid to protect Alpine National Park

Tuesday 3 June 2014

The Victorian National Parks Association, represented by Environmental Justice Australia and barristers Richard Niall QC and Andrew Walker, headed to court today in the next phase of their effort to protect the Alpine National Park from damaging cattle grazing.

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Alpine cattle grazing trials challenged in Victoria's Supreme Court

Friday 16 May 2014

Legal proceedings launched today in the Supreme Court of Victoria will challenge the Napthine Government's reintroduction of cattle grazing to the Alpine National Park.

Initiated by the Victorian National Parks Association and supported by Environmental Justice Australia, the legal case could test the integrity of the legal framework protecting national parks in Victoria, particularly the National Parks Act 1975.

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Independent report signals need for greater marine protection in Victoria

Thursday 8 May 2014

A two year investigation into Victoria's marine national parks and sanctuaries confirms the critical role they play in protecting marine life but warns the reserves are not immune to the dangers of oil spills, coastal development, marine pests and illegal fishing.

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Environment minister faces community pressure over bandicoot backdown

Thursday 17 April 2014

Federal environment minister Greg Hunt faces community pressure in his own electorate of Flinders after handballing a decision on the fate of two habitat corridors that would safeguard several populations of the nationally endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot.

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Hastings port expansion on collision course with national environment laws

Thursday 10 April 2014

Victoria's Westernport Bay is shaping up as a litmus test for federal environment minister Greg Hunt's carriage of national environmental laws after two new expert reports heightened fears for the bay's internationally significant birdlife if the massive Hastings port expansion goes ahead.

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Victorian Government admits forest blunder

Monday 31 March 2014

The Victorian National Parks Association has labelled today's announcement of a statewide investigation into illegal commercial firewood sales from Victorian forests an embarrassing admission of state government policy failure.

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International conservation plea to Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Friday 14 March 2014

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's alarming comments on national parks, and moves to downgrade national park and World Heritage protection, have drawn a sharp rebuke from the world's pre-eminent nature conservation body, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

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Anger at rushed approval for cattle grazing in Alpine National Park

Thursday 6 March 2014

Federal environment minister Greg Hunt has needlessly rushed his decision on cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park's Wonnangatta Valley, fast-tracking destructive cattle grazing before winter sets in this year.

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Hastings port damage could risk billions in nature's services

Tuesday 4 March 2014

Environment groups are demanding a full cost-benefit analysis of the new port development at Westernport Bay after a preliminary study revealed the area's natural values could be worth billions of dollars.

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Disappointment at move to expand prospecting in more national parks

Wednesday 5 February 2014

Conservationists are disappointed that the Victorian Government has agreed to allow prospecting and fossicking in eight new areas in three national and state parks, totalling 22,000 hectares.

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The coast is unclear: Victorians in danger of loving their coastline to death

Sunday 2 February 2014

Strong and comprehensive policies are needed from all political parties ahead of this year's state election if we are to avoid the impacts of a new wave of development washing over Victoria's 2000km coastline.

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