Submitted by Cam Walker on Mon, 22/10/2012 - 14:30
Environmental protection laws under attack
Changes are afoot to dramatically wind back cornerstone federal environmental protection laws. Under these changes, State Governments would be given sweeping powers to assess and approve major development projects. If implemented, these changes would be a disaster for our nation's environment and wildlife.
Submitted by Cam Walker on Mon, 13/05/2013 - 15:54
Media Release, 13th May, 2013
A NSW Upper House Committee's call to open National Parks for logging demonstrates that Australians cannot trust Coalition governments to care for our unique protected areas, national Environment group Friends of the Earth says.
Submitted by Cam Walker on Tue, 26/03/2013 - 14:26
It’s the next wave of destruction for our native forests. The forestry and energy industries are now poised to unleash their plans to feed our forests into furnaces to produce electricity, convert them into bio-fuels, and into pellets for export. This will mean more destruction of forests and their wildlife, and release massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.
Industry calls this ‘renewable energy’. It wants the government to help pay for it in the form of ‘renewable energy certificates’ and other subsidies at the community’s expense.
Submitted by Cam Walker on Tue, 15/01/2013 - 15:40
The Red Gum forests of Barmah-Millewa - along the banks of Australia's iconic Murray River - are a haven for threatened species and a homeland of deep significance to Indigenous Traditional Owners.
This rich landscape of forests, wetlands, floodplains and woodlands is internationally significant. Together, the Barmah forests, on the Victorian side of the Murray and the Millewa forest, in NSW, comprise the world's largest red gum forest. The forest is also a RAMSAR listed wetland, supporting globally significant populations of rare and threatened bird species.
Submitted by Cam Walker on Sat, 05/01/2013 - 16:00
MEDIA RELEASE Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Wilderness Society, Friends of the Earth, Environment East Gippsland, GECO
Local environment groups are calling on pulp companies engaged in logging Australia's own forests to follow the lead of global logging giant Asia Pulp & Paper, and wind up logging operations in high conservation value forests.
Submitted by Cam Walker on Fri, 14/12/2012 - 10:09
Media Release 14.12.12
Nick Cave, John Butler, Daryl Hannah, Bob Brown and Christine Milne send messages of support for Miranda Gibson's Year in a Tree.
Entertainers, writers, environmentalists and politicians from around the world have today thanked Miranda Gibson, in the Observer Tree in Tasmania, for standing up for the environment by sitting in a tree for one year.
Submitted by Cam Walker on Fri, 14/12/2012 - 08:52
Media release 14 December 2012
As Miranda Gibson today reaches the one year mark perched in her tree platform in the canopy of an unprotected world heritage value Tasmanian old growth forest, twenty-three environment groups around the nation have applauded her record-breaking effort and supported her call for forest protection.
Submitted by Cam Walker on Tue, 27/11/2012 - 15:32
Media Release 27 November 2012
Conservation groups and environmental lawyers express strong support for the Bill introduced to the Senate today by Greens Senator Larissa Waters, which would limit the disastrous moves by Prime Minister Gillard to devolve federal environment protection powers to the states.
“This Bill is a vital emergency intervention to protect existing federal laws and prevent Gillard from abandoning environmental and wildlife protection,” said Lawyers for Forests Vice President, Lauren Caulfield
Submitted by Cam Walker on Thu, 22/11/2012 - 17:40
On Friday 7 December the Gillard government will sign off on the framework for handing its power to make environmental decisions to state and territory governments. This is the biggest backward step for Australia's environment in decades. Endangered species and natural environments across the country will pay the price, just as Australia's forests and their wildlife have been decimated under the disastrous regime of Regional Forest Agreements. The Business Council set the agenda - now COAG (Council of Australian Governments) is implementing it.