Why Waste-Carbon Injection is a Dangerous Distraction from Climate Action

Golden Beach is an idyllic section of Ninety Mile Beach. It boasts a pristine coastline, where whales can be seen from the sand in migrating season. The beaches have plentiful fish, native birds and the skeletal remains of an 1897 shipwreck.

But there is a cloud hanging over this lovely place.

A publicly funded State Government project, called CarbonNet, has earmarked the area for waste-carbon injection.

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Minister Takes Control Of Lower Murray Water Extraction

Victorian Minister for Water Lisa Neville announced today that she will step up to limit water extraction below the Barmah Choke with a new licence review process. 

The Minister has directed Lower Murray Water and Goulburn Murray Water to refer all licence applications in the lower Murray region to her for assessment for the next 12 months.

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GET THE PLAN BACK ON TRACK

Copy_of_Back_On_Track.jpgThe Murray Darling Basin Plan set out to save our rivers from environmental disaster. Since the $13 Billion Plan began in 2012, there has been major concerns raised with implementation, including allegations of corruption, maladministration and mismanagement.

Communities who depend on our rivers fear that if we don’t act now to bring the Plan back on track, our rivers will die and dependent communities will decline.

Here, we present a 7 point strategy to restore integrity to the Plan, so it can deliver on its key objectives – to keep the rivers and dependent communities alive and well.

Email Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville Here

 

 

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Minister Sells Water to Get Fish

In light of recent fish kill events and decrease in the health of the Murray-Darling Basin, new funding announcements have surfaced from the office of the Victorian Minister for Water, Lisa Neville. 

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Doncaster Rail Mock Opening

Last week locals came together for a mock opening of Doncaster Rail to call on the Andrews government to stop the North East Link. It was a fantastic action with moving speeches from community members like Cynthia Pilli.

“We call on the Parliament to immediately review their mega toll road thinking of the last decade.”

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Make a submission: BHP seek a Toxic Tailings Expansion without a full Safety Risk Assessment

BHP is planning to expand the Olympic Dam Tailings dump to be larger than the CBD of Adelaide AND to be up to 30 metres high at the centre of the tailings pile – around the height of a 10 story building. 

All BHP Olympic Dam radioactive toxic mine tailings waste must be isolated from the environment for over 10,000 years.

Please consider making a submission to the federal government who are inviting comments on the BHP Olympic Dam Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) 6 project – but only up to cob Friday 28th June, with no extensions.

Tell the federal government they must not approve this expansion! 

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Yallourn closure wakeup call: Vic needs a real transition plan

The Herald Sun and The Age have reported that the Yallourn coal fired power station could close earlier than expected, possibly within six years. 

This is a wakeup call: Victoria needs a real transition plan for the Latrobe Valley that delivers good sustainable jobs for the community.

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Survey on Regional Forest Agreements: Our Sample Responses

Tanglefoot picnic area: logging operation barely disguised behind trees

 
The following Sample Responses have been prepared by members of the FOE Forest Collective to assist forest lovers and activists to complete the Survey on Regional Forest Agreements which forms part of the consultation phase on the Modernisation of the Victorian Regional Forest Agreements.

***UPDATE*** Your response must be completed by midnight Sunday, 7 July 2019.

Use the following Sample Responses to guide your completion of the survey (in your own words). Alternatively you may use the Sample survey responses prepared by the Wilderness Society.

Please respond to the RFA Survey here.

 

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June News

People Power Wins!


EOFY_Socials_Donate_page_Image.pngIn the lead up to the federal election, thousands of people like you rallied alongside school strikers and their clear demands for action and their calls to stop the Adani coal mine, for no new coal, oil and gas projects, and for 100% renewable energy by 2030.

Unsurprisingly, since the return of the Morrison government, energy at Friends of the Earth has swelled significantly, with more people seeking a place to turn ideas into action in the face of the climate crisis.

Please consider a one-off tax-deductible donation before June 30.

Given the election result, our work in Victoria is more important than ever.

We are working with local groups along the breadth of Victoria’s pristine coastline to stop planned oil and gas exploration in the Otway Basin and an experimental coal-to-hydrogen production facility and associated waste-carbon injection project in Gippsland.

An additional donation this tax time will ensure we can advocate alongside communities for an end to new fossil fuel projects in Victoria.
 
 

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Rally against Kalbar mineral sands mine

Stop_Kalbar_June_2019.jpgKalbar Resources, a company that has no mining experience, has proposed a mineral sands and rare earths mine at Glenaladale, near Bairnsdale in East Gippsland.

The Fingerboards mine has not yet been approved by the Victorian Government, but after several years of investigation, Kalbar believes the site is suitable for an open cut mine to extract minerals including zircon, rutile and ilmenite — a titanium mineral, and rare earths.

On Wednesday 19th June, concerned East Gippsland residents will be travelling to Melbourne for a peaceful protest on the steps of Parliament. With the Lindenow Valley vegetable growing area only 500m downwind from a proposed mineral sands mine in Glenaladale (near Bairnsdale), organisers of the event say the time has come to accelerate the level of awareness about this mine. They will be calling on Richard Wynne, the Minister for Planning, to rule out the final approvals for the mine.

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