Friends of the Earth (FoE) Melbourne  is a non-for profit organisation working for a socially equitable and environmentally sustainable future. The international Friends of the Earth network is  active in 77 countries with over 2 million members. Read more.

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Andrews govt support for climate change solutions deliver jobs and investment to Stawell

MEDIA RELEASE - 27 JUNE: 

Friends of the Earth welcome the announcement of state government support for a $565 million expansion of the Nectar Farms hydroponic business near Stawell. The project will see the construction of the Bulgana wind farm and create 1,300 jobs. 

Friends of the Earth's say the announcement shows that state government support for climate change solutions creates jobs and brings investment to regional communities such as Stawell. 

"The Andrews government's support for the wind-powered hydroponics project will create 1,300 new jobs in the Stawell region and shows investment in climate change solutions bring jobs and investment to regional communities."

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Threatened greater glider habitat
logged in Acheron forests

Recent logging in the Acheron forests north of Warburton has severely impacted on a large population of protected greater gliders. 

Greater gliders are Australia’s largest gliding marsupial and Victoria’s latest threatened species. Last month the greater glider was officially listed as a threatened and protected species on the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act.

But logging in greater glider habitat is continuing with no protections for this unique marsupial.

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Logging starts in Leadbeater’s Possum habitat

Floater_coupe.jpgVicForests has just started logging in the ‘Floater’ coupe near Toolangi, to the north east of Melbourne in the Central Highlands.

Earlier this week, volunteer surveyors from Wildlife of the Central Highlands (WOTCH) recorded a critically-endangered Leadbeater's Possum next to the coupe. WOTCH is now calling for the environment minister Lily D’Ambrosio to intervene and put a halt to the logging.

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Floating LNG import terminal planned for Victoria

lily2.pngRecent media reports about plans for a floating LNG import terminal in Victoria are deeply concerning.

The terminal would allow Victoria, NSW and South Australia to ‘import lower cost gas, potentially from the US or Western Australia’.

This proposal, which the state government says it will consider ‘fast tracking’ would further lock the state into unsustainable reliance on fossil fuels.

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Green Building Council - Not so green

IMG_6894.JPGFoE's forest campaign collective visited the Green Building Council event "Pillars of Change" today. 

We were raising awareness about their endorsement of Australian Forestry Standard certification which certifies timber from environmentally destructive logging operations.

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A renewable energy park for Point Henry?

Alcoa_Point_Henry_aluminium_smelter.jpgThe Point Henry aluminium smelter was located near Geelong and operated for many decades prior to its closure in 2014.  

Since then, both Alcoa (who operated the smelter) and the state government have been considering what to do with the site. It is a sprawling and heavily contaminated industrial site, situated on land of cultural significance, plus conservation areas and other industries.

Friends of the Earth believes that the old smelter site would make an ideal location for a renewable energy park. The smelter used a lot of electricity, which was transmitted by a high voltage connection to the grid, which could be utilised if power was generated on site. A wind and solar energy park could be combined with a range of other uses including eco tourism.

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