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'Walk This Way' a huge success for our Sustainable Cities campaign launch

2 weeks ago FoE Melbourne launched a new Sustainable Cities Campaign with #WalkThisWay - a 15km community walk following Melbourne's iconic Capital City Trail.

Community members are concerned about another massive toll road through the middle of Melbourne, causing more traffic, creating more air and noise pollution, destroying the local environment and allowing more transport emissions locking us into extreme climate change.

Participants joined the walk to raise awareness about the proposed Westgate Tunnel toll road development and the climate change threats set to impact Melbourne.

Walk This Way saw 100 people get together to walk through where the Westgate Tunnel development could be built, hear about what some of the other FoE campaigns have been up to, and share their vision for a sustainable city. Participants also raised over $23,000 for Friends of the Earth through sponsorship for their walking efforts! Check out our VIDEO from the event, HERE.

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Northcote loves native forests

Northcote_loves_native_forests(1).jpgThe Northcote by-election is a great opportunity for all candidates to show their support for protecting native forests and wildlife. 

Do you live in Northcote and will be voting in the by-election?

 

Contact your candidates to tell them you want Victoria's native forests protected from logging.

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Victoria's energy future secured as Andrews govt's Renewable Energy Target becomes law

In a historic moment for Victoria's energy future, the Victorian Renewable Energy Target today passed the upper house in state Parliament and will become law.

“This is a historic day for Victoria's energy future, and a victory for the community who have long made the case for the Victorian Renewable Energy Target” said Pat Simons, Friends of the Earth's renewable energy spokesperson.

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“The success of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target is thanks to communities, businesses and workers from Portland, to Geelong, Yackandandah, Macedon and Melbourne”

Friends of the Earth congratulates Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister Lily D'Ambrosio, and the Labor government, branding its energy policy achievement an act of national leadership.

“The Andrews government is leading the nation with a vision for jobs and investment in renewable energy,” said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth spokersperson.

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Critically endangered possum habitat being logged now!

Flow_Zone_WOTCH.pngThe Labor government's logging agency VicForests has begun logging in the Toolangi state forest, where critically endangered Leadbeater's possums have been found. 

Logging commenced without a pre-logging threatened species survey to identify protected species and implement legally required protections.

Community group Wildlife of the Central Highlands detected a critically endangered Leadbeater's possum on the edge of the logging area last Sunday night but the logging is continuing wihtout a threatened species survey to protect other endangered possums likely to be in the area. 

As VicForests refused to look for other Leadbeater's possums in the rest of the forest, volunteers from WOTCH conducted another survey and found a second Leadbeater's possum!

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Say NO to Westgate Tunnel

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Will our Planning Minister make the choice to listen to the concerns from the community or commit to more cars, pollution, and toll roads by doing a deal with Transurban?

Send an email asking Minister Wynne to make the right choice!

The Westgate Tunnel toll road is not the path to transport solutions. This month the Victorian Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, will be given the choice to listen the concerns from the community or lock us into decades more of toll roads for the west.

Transurban, the toll road giant, tried to convince Melbourne that we need an oversized toll road to solve the problems of our trucks on residential streets and traffic congestion in Melbourne’s west.

Community members are concerned about another massive toll road through the middle of Melbourne, causing more traffic, creating more air and noise pollution, destroying the local environment and allowing more transport emissions locking us into extreme climate change.

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FARMERS WON'T BE BOUGHT: Guy's new royalties policy won't do anything to lower the gas price, say Vic communities

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Communities have reacted with dismay and disappointment to the latest policy development from the VIC opposition, calling for royalties to landholders who allow gas drilling on their properties.

This reverses previous Victorian Coalition policy, which called for a moratorium on all onshore drilling until 2020.

"You can't bribe us to put our groundwater at risk - its just not going to work.  We know there isn't any gas supply problem.  All this gas is going off to Asia.  The liberals should fix that before they start bribing us to drill on our land" said Ian Clarke, sheep and grain farmer from Paraparap in the Surf Coast hinterland.

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CANCELLED: Melb. Meeting Oct 17: The Story of Uranium Mining in Malawi

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED AS THE GUEST SPEAKER IS UNABLE TO ATTEND. APOLOGIES.

Dirty Deals 10 Years On ‒ The Story of Uranium Mining in Malawi
Public meeting, all welcome

Tuesday October 17, 6.30pm to 8pm

Friends of the Earth, 312 Smith St, Collingwood

Guest speaker: Reinford Mwangonde from Citizens for Justice, Malawi. 

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Friends of the Earth welcomes Strzelecki Reserve Announcement

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Environmental organisation Friends of the Earth (FoE) today welcomed Minister Lily D'Ambrosio's announcement that 1,200 hectares of land, including the Nationally significant College Creek has been handed back to the State. This is the first of 8,000 ha that will return to the state by 2028, under the Strzelecki Cores and Links Reserve. The land was under the control of Hancock Victorian Plantations.

Friends of the Earth spokesperson Anthony Amis, said "this has been a 20 year campaign to protect College Creek and its unique rainforest attributes. Full credit must go to Friends of Gippsland Bush (FoGB) who initiated this campaign back in 1996."

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September 2017 Update

 

VRET_win_steps.jpgGREAT NEWS -- on 21st September 2017 the Victorian Renewable Energy Target passed in the lower house in state parliament!

This is a historic moment for Victoria's renewable energy future. Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) will create over 10,000 jobs, attract as much as $9 billion in investment, and cut electricity sector emissions by up to 16% by 2034-35.

The lower house vote takes Victoria one step closer to jobs, cheaper power and climate action. It's a big win for the community, the labour movement, business, and everyone hungry for action on climate change.

Friends of the Earth Melbourne's Yes 2 Renewables campaign has long called for Victoria to set its own renewable energy target to create jobs and act on climate.

The Matthew Guy opposition stuck to its pledge to vote against the VRET despite strong support for renewable energy among Liberal party voters.

Chip in to our fighting fund so we can place ads in key opposition seats to hold the climate blockers to account.

Now there's only one hurdle to go: the VRET will go to the upper house in the coming weeks. Read our full response here.

Keen to get involved? Yes 2 Renewables meets every Tuesday at 6pm, Friends of the Earth (Upstairs), 312 Smith St, Collingwood

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