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.
Kalbar 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.
From the polls to the punters, the re-election of the Morrison Government came as a shock to all of us. As the Government gets down to business, who is there to look out for the rivers?
Ministerial Portfolios affecting water management and environment have changed. The water ministry is no longer positioned with agriculture; instead its paired with drought, natural disasters and emergency response.
Likewise the pairing with the environment ministry has changed. Prior to the 2019 election, the environment ministry was held with the energy portfolio. It now stands on its own.
MEDIA RELEASE: 6 June 2019
Andrews govt emissions cuts must limit warming to 1.5°C to protect Victorian communities from climate impacts
Friends of the Earth says emissions cuts to limit global warming to 1.5°C will be needed from the Andrews government in order to protect communities from dangerous climate impacts.
The group’s call comes as Independent Expert Panel advice on Victoria’s first interim Emissions Reduction Targets is tabled in the Parliament.
The panel, led by former Federal climate minister Greg Combet, recommends the Andrews government reduce emissions by 32-39 percent below 2005 levels in 2025 and 45-60 below 2005 levels in 2030.
Friends of the Earth say greater ambition is needed from the state government when it comes to cutting emissions.
In a secretive and highly political move the Morrison Government approved the controversial Yeelirrie uranium project in WA’s Mid West despite an ongoing legal challenge by senior Tjiwarl Traditional Owners and conservationists. The approval was made despite the Federal Environment Minister last year committing to wait for the outcome of the legal proceedings in the Supreme Court, which are still ongoing.
Friends of the Earth's Victorian Budget Response
MEDIA RELEASE: 27 May 2019
Andrews govt budget delivers for solar homes, now to deliver for climate action across the economy
Environment group Friends of the Earth welcomes the Andrews government’s funding for the $1.3 billion Solar Homes program and says the $545 million down payment creates a platform for a heavy lift on climate action.
“The Andrews government’s 2019/20 budget delivers for solar and creates a platform upon which it can deliver ambitious action on climate,” said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth spokesperson.
“With the re-election of the Federal Coalition government, now more than ever Victoria must show leadership on climate change and a just transition.”
The Andrews Labor government must set interim Emissions Reduction Targets by 31 March 2020, release a Climate Strategy the same year, and roll out adaptation plans from 2021.
“A big funding boost is needed to ensure Victoria's efforts to tackle the climate crisis get traction,” said Leigh Ewbank.
“When it comes to tackling climate change, the rubber hits the road at the state level.”
“The community is looking to the Labor government to have vision when it comes to reining in emissions and protecting communities from climate impacts.”
While the government’s investment in solar is a positive outcome for climate action, a shift is still needed in transport.
Budget 2019/20 includes new investment in public transport and active transport, however it is dwarfed by investment in he controversial North East Link toll road.
“New investment in public transport and active transport is welcome, yet it is dwarfed by $15.8 billion for the controversial North East Link toll road,” said Rachel Lynskey, FoE Sustainable Cities spokesperson.
“Roads will receive twice as much funding as public transport. A budget with a strong focus on climate action would correct this imbalance as quickly as possible.”
Friends of the Earth says investing in the construction of Melbourne Metro 2 is the best option for the Labor government to deliver a secure pipeline of jobs and improve public transport in the medium term. The group says it is the logical next step once Melbourne Metro 1 is completed.
Friends of the Earth will launch a campaign for the Andrews government to deliver Victoria’s first Climate Budget later in 2019.
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