Peter Reith strong on fear, short on facts

1 November 2013

Friends of the Earth media release

Peter Reith’s long awaited report to the Victorian government about the eastern gas market will be handed to the government today. While the Premier has not yet said if he will release the report to the public, Mr Reith has made the contents clear in multiple media interviews.

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Strzelecki Rainforest Reserve Regeneration Being Destroyed.

October 3, 2013

Conservationists are alarmed that recent clearing in the Strzelecki Cores and Links Rainforest Reserve has destroyed approximately 10 hectares of regenerating reserve at several different locations inside the reserve. Conservationists are
 alarmed that hundreds of more hectares of land could suffer a similar fate.

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Premier Napthine must resolve uncertainty over coal and gas

September 26, 2013

Friends of the Earth media release

With the Coalition in power federally, there is already increased pressure nation wide to develop new coal and gas projects. Tony Abbott has promised to cut ‘Green tape’ which might hold up mining projects and other developments. And Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has declared that he will ensure that “every molecule of gas that can come out of the ground does so.”

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Local conservationists step in to protect Leadbeater’s Possum habitat targeted by state government loggers at Nolan’s Gully

Monday 16 September, 2013

Known forest habitat for the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum is today being highlighted by conservationists as state government loggers, VicForests, continues to allow bulldozers in the Toolangi State Forest.

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Forest Stewardship Council Fails to Protect Strzelecki Rainforest

August 13 2013

PRESS RELEASE

Environmental organisations Friends of the Earth and Friends of Gippsland Bush today released a detailed case study investigating the impacts of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification on the rainforests of the Strzelecki Ranges. The case study investigates key issues pertaining to management and recommendations made during Forest Stewardship Council audits over the past decade. The certification of Hancock Victorian Plantations (HVP) in 2004 was the first FSC accreditation given to an Australian Timber company. HVP remain certified with the certifying body, Smartwood/Rainforest Alliance despite a litany of problems.

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WATER REPORT HIGHLIGHTS CHLORINE CONCERNS

PRESS RELEASE  Friends of the Earth

A new report by Friends of the Earth has highlighted high levels of chlorine disinfection byproducts in drinking water supplied to several towns in Victoria’s Mallee Region.

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Bass Coast Council shows leadership in campaign against Coal Seam Gas

July 18, 2013


Friends of the Earth media release


Agriculture is a cornerstone of Victoria’s economy, producing goods valued at around $9 billion a year.

Gippsland, in particular, acts as a food bowl for Melbourne and overseas consumers. Yet it is being squeezed on all sides, with encroachment from urban sprawl on the west, the prospect of negative impacts from climate change, and the potential for a major expansion of the fossil fuel industry.
 

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