WOTCH have detected a critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum in an active logging coupe (480-509-0013 ‘Desilijic') recently. The habitat just 100m away had already been clearfelled – well within the buffer zone triggered by this Leadbeater’s Possum detection.
Recently, it was revealed Australia's first offshore wind farm Star of the South has kickstarted the environmental approvals process, and has been referred to both state and federal governments for formal consideration.
We were still grappling with the effects of the unprecedented bushfire season and the growing public awareness of what our new realities might be in a climate-changed world, before Covid19 dominated our every conversation and thought. Now, we are still struggling to understand and deal with the very real economic impacts on our communities, cooperatives and membership.
National environment group Friends of the Earth have welcomed the referral of Australia’s first offshore wind farm the Star of the South project to state and federal planning and environment ministers, and says building renewable energy could be key to the post-Covid recovery effort. “The Star of the South offshore wind farm would be a game changer for new renewable energy supply and taking action on climate change in Victoria. It will create thousands of jobs and mark the beginning of a whole new sector” said Pat Simons, Friends of the Earth’s renewable energy spokesperson.
Friends of the Earth Philippines have reported that around 100 members of the police accompanied fuel tanks entering a Oceana Gold copper and gold mining facility in the Philippines breaking a community barricade. Friends of the Earth Australia expresses solidarity and support to the community taking a stand.
April 1 2020 marked the deadline for the buy-out of the ten remaining Professional Fishermen who had operated without catch limits in the Gippsland Lakes, Australia's largest inland waterway. Black Bream annual harvest catches had progressively reduced from 480 tonnes in 1984/5 to 13 tonnes in 2017/18. The buy-out was in the order of $8 million.
Legal exemption for the logging industry from federal environment law was signed off on Monday for another ten years in spite of the horrific impacts of the bushfires on forests and wildlife.
In response to the economic impacts of the outbreak of the Coronavirus/ Covid-19, state and federal governments are now announcing rolling, large-scale stimulus packages to keep the economy afloat. These already total billions of dollars and are likely to be ongoing. This is both a threat and an opportunity for the future of the economy, the climate and ecosystems at a time of overlapping crises.
The Coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world overnight. Our priorities, at the personal, local, national and global level, must now be influenced by the need to contain and move past the pandemic. This means a massive investment in our communities and economies.
This media release was issued by the Goori Sovereign Land Council on 20 March 2020.