Toward the finish line?

PARK WATCH March 2020 | Nature Conservation Campaigner Shannon Hurley shares the power of persistence in the battle over the Belfast Coastal Reserve. The efforts to protect Warrnambool’s...
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Photo: Jenny Fawcett, Flickr | CC

Shifting sands

PARK WATCH March 2019 | The Andrews Government’s special treatment of the racing industry has reached a whole new level. But so too has the rise of community opposition, explains VNPA Nature...
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Hoodie chicks are tiny, and dwarfed by the heavy hooves of racehorses. Without protection they don't stand a chance against racing thoroughbreds.

Commercial racehorse training illegal on Warrnambool’s beaches

CAMPAIGN UPDATE 30 October 2018 | Commercial racehorse training has been found illegal under the Warrnambool Planning Scheme – and therefore on Levys Beach, one of the horse racing industry’s...
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Photo: Jenny Fawcett, Flickr | CC

Groups call for removal of racehorses from Belfast Coastal Reserve plan

MEDIA RELEASE 15 March 2018 | As the deadline for submissions on the draft Belfast Coastal Reserve management plan nears, national, state and local environment groups have called on the Andrews...
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Racehorses tear up Belfast Coastal Reserve-Photo Chris Smyth

New blow to hooded plovers and family beach days

MEDIA RELEASE:  17 January 2018 | The Andrews Government’s draft management plan for the Belfast Coastal Reserve (between Port Fairy and Warrnambool) released today increases the area available to...
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River red gum wetlands along the Murray River Photo: Michael Rawle | Flickr CC

Three years on: how is the state government tracking?

PARK WATCH December 2017 | Analysis ofe Andrews Government ateree-quarter mark It’s beenree years ofe Andrews Labor Government’s term in office, and we are now 12 months out from...
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Hooded plover on the beach-box

Take action on horses hurting hoodies

PARK WATCH September 2017 | VNPA marine and coastal coordinator Chris Smyth gives an update and calls on Park Watch readers to help stop our beaches becoming racetracks. Despite barely 50 hooded...
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