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Win for Anglesea Heathlands - to be protected in Great Otway National Park

Thursday 2 February 2017

For decades we have fought side-by-side with the Geelong Environment Council Inc. and local group ANGAIR to have the Anglesea Heathlands protected and now, finally, this extraordinary landscape will become part of the Great Otway National Park.

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Victoria's nature protection laws need fundamental reform

Monday 31 January 2017

Victoria's most threatened and vulnerable native species are being let down by poor laws which need fundamental reform, according to Victoria's peak conservation groups.

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Milestone report on health of our bays

Saturday 10 December 2016

The Victorian National Parks Association has welcomed the release of the State of the Bays Report as a critical first step in securing the good health of our marine environments.

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Point Nepean plan a good step forward

Thursday 8 December 2016

The Victorian National Parks Association has welcomed the release of a draft Point Nepean National Park Master Plan as the best way to put previous planning and political mistakes on the future of the area in the past.

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Bendigo celebrates being a good 'bushland neighbour'

Saturday 26 November 2016

A new book and website helps locals explore their local bushland and is filled with tips on how to be a good 'bushland neighbour'.

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Great Victorian Fish Count 2016: Nemo and Dory have nothing on our fish

Friday 18 November 2016

As the weather warms hundreds of divers and snorkelers will flock to the water this summer as part of the biggest citizen science event on Victoria's marine calendar, the Great Victorian Fish Count, which kicks off this weekend.

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Victorian Government backs racehorses over hoodies

Tuesday 15 November 2016

BirdLife Australia and the Victorian National Parks Association are appalled at the State Government's decision to allow commercial horse training to continue in the Belfast Coastal Reserve between Warrnambool and Port Fairy.

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Racehorses tearing up fragile coastal reserve

Friday 14 October 2016

A fragile coastal reserve in South West Victoria is being torn up and invaded by racehorse trainers who are using conservation areas as 'race tracks', undermining years of environmental management and jeopardising threatened birds such as Hooded Plovers.

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Parks Victoria must get crucial resources for new alpine parks plan

Friday 2 September 2016

A plan for Victoria's high country national parks that tackles head on the key threats of climate change, weeds, feral horses and deer must be fully resourced if it is to succeed.

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Farming zone must go at Belfast Coastal Reserve

Friday 26 August 2016

A beautiful stretch of coastal reserve between Port Fairy and Warrnambool could be lost to farming if the local council fails to rezone the tourism drawcard.

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ALP promise to protect national parks welcomed

Thursday 16 June 2016

Lovers of national parks and conservation groups from across the country today commended the Australian Labor Party's promise to extend national environmental laws to the protection of national parks.

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State budget boost not yet enough to rescue Victoria's parks

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Victoria's national parks and reserves are in desperate need of a significant injection of funds, and while today's state budget offers some relief, it falls well short of what our magnificent parks system needs to survive and flourish.

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Conservation blueprint for Victoria a step in the right direction

Thursday 17 March 2016

A blueprint for protecting nature released by the Victorian Government today is a step in the right direction, but the state's natural environment needs major new investment if it is to flourish into the future.

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2015 Great Victorian Fish Count results released

Friday 26 February 2016

More than 350 volunteer citizen scientists donned masks and snorkels to record fish species at 44 sites along Victoria's coastline as part of the 2015 Great Victorian Fish Count.

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Natural Victoria is changing before our eyes

Monday 1 February 2016

Our native plants and animals are under stress from climate change, and Victoria's natural areas may never be the same again. But there are ten useful things we can do to help.

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Parks Victoria needs immediate, long-term funding boosts

Tuesday 5 January 2016

The management of Victoria's national parks and nature conservation reserves is in serious decline and can only be rectified through a major boost in long-term funding, the Victorian National Parks Association said today.

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Andrews government river plan welcomed

Tuesday 15 December 2015

The Victorian National Parks Association and Environment Victoria have welcomed the announcement of a new plan to improve the health of rivers and streams across Victoria by limiting livestock access to riverbanks.

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Divers take to the water for 2015 Great Victorian Fish Count

Friday 20 November 2015

The annual Great Victorian Fish Count kicks off this weekend. Over the next fortnight divers and snorkelers will look for fish species 'on the move' in response to changing marine environments, including warming caused by climate change.

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Ditching Victoria's 5 per cent burn target good news for nature

Thursday 19 November 2015

The Victorian National Parks Association welcomes today's government announcement that it will move towards a more strategic and well-informed bushfire management policy.

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Counting fish on the move as seas warm

Thursday 22 October 2015

Hundreds of divers and snorkelers will take to the water this summer as part of the biggest citizen science event on Victoria's marine calendar, the Great Victorian Fish Count.

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Victoria's national parks given added protection

Tuesday 15 September 2015

Developers can no longer ask for 99-year leases in national parks under legislation introduced today by the Victorian Government.

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Kangaroo population control must not be handed to amateurs

Monday 7 September 2015

A proposal from the Shooters and Fishers Party for an open season on kangaroos should be stopped in its tracks.

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Labor shuts door on controversial Pt Nepean development

Wednesday 1 July 2015

Today's decision by the Andrews Government to end large-scale development at Point Nepean National Park also ends community angst created by the former government's plans to lease out sections of the park.

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Time for Labor to deliver on 5-year-old promise of new Murray River Park

Monday 29 June 2015

Conservationists today called on the Victorian Government to deliver on a five-year-old commitment to remove cattle from sensitive areas along the Murray River and protect its valuable riverbanks and wetlands as part of a new Murray River Park.

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Victoria told to put fuel reduction burn target on back burner

Thursday 21 May 2015

Victoria's Inspector-General for Emergency Management today recommended the government move away from its aim of burning 5 per cent of public land every year and move instead to a more sophisticated risk-based target.

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Conservationists celebrate as ban on alpine cattle grazing successful

Tuesday 5 May 2015

Legislation passed today banning alpine cattle grazing backs up more than 100 years of science and confirms Victoria's parks as places created for the protection of nature, not cow paddocks.

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French film crew puts Wombat Forest project on world stage

Wednesday 25 March 2015

French documentary makers will film the work of local 'citizen scientists' monitoring native animals in the Wombat Forest on Sunday 29 March, giving the Caught on Camera community project a global profile.

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Alpine National Park cattle ban welcome

Tuesday 17 March 2015

Legislation introduced into the Victorian Parliament today will hopefully end cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park and red gum national parks once and for all.

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