Happy #VicGasBan 2 year Anniversary!

Today marks 2 years since Premier Daniel Andrews announced a permanent ban on all onshore gas mining in Victoria! Happy Anniversary!

Across the state, people worked tirelessly for the Gasfield Free campaign and it was truly a win for people power. All walks of life came together to protect our land, water and health. We fought to protect what we have for future generations, and made democracy work for us.

As we continue to reflect on all the hard work, joys and tribulations over those 5 years, we know that the fracking ban will be one of  the greatest campaigns and wins for the environmental and community movement.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Matthew Guy comes to the party on renewable energy jobs, yet commitment to Vic Renewables Target is the real test

MEDIA RELEASE – 29 Aug 2018

Matthew Guy comes to the party on renewable energy jobs, yet commitment to Vic Renewables Target is the real test

Opposition leader Matthew Guy made a renewable energy policy announcement this morning at Keppel Prince in Portland where hundreds are employed manufacturing wind turbine towers.

Opposition leader Matthew Guy’s proposal would require renewable energy projects over $50 million to use 75 percent local content. The opposition would reject planning permits for projects that fail to meet this standard.

Friends of the Earth say there is currently no modelling on the feasibility of the opposition's proposal and will consult with unions and the renewable energy sector regarding the matter.

"75 percent of zero is still zero, and that means jobs are at risk," said Pat Simons, Friends of the Earth renewable energy spokesperson.

Environment group Friends of the Earth says Matthew Guy’s announcement acknowledges the importance of renewable energy jobs, but says that without a commitment to the Victorian Renewable Energy Target, thousands of wind and solar jobs are at risk.

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Friends of the Earth welcomes visionary rail plan for Melbourne

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MEDIA RELEASE - 28 August 2018

Friends of the Earth welcomes visionary rail plan for Melbourne

Today Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a game-changing rail plan for Melbourne's suburbs, linking all major rail lines via an underground loop.

Community-driven environment group Friends of the Earth says that with Melbourne's population growth the city needs 21st Century planning and investment in efficient transport solutions, especially in our suburbs.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Andrews govt's big boost for solar the society wide solution to climate change Victoria needs

solar power for half a million homes

Victoria's Daniel Andrews government has made a dramatic announcement that it will roll out cheap solar power to more than half a million homes if re-elected, committing to a $1.2 billion plan that would offer rebates and no-interest loans so households can install rooftop solar. 

Environment group Friends of the Earth commend Premier Andrews for the announcement, and call on opposition leader Matthew Guy to match the Premier's ambition on renewable energy.

“The Andrews government's ambitious solar plan is exactly the kind of society-wide rollout of renewable energy Victoria needs to act on climate change” said Pat Simons, Friends of the Earth's Yes 2 Renewables coordinator.

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Wadi Wadi Traditional Owners Still Waiting

Discussions between traditional owners and government stakeholders have left cracks in dry soil. 

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Last week, River Country facilitated a long awaited discussion between traditional owners, concerned community members and government representatives from Mallee CMA, DELWP and Parks Victoria in Nyah-Vinifera on Wadi Wadi Country. 

T
he four-hour long meeting saw tensions arise as took community shared their concerns for park management after changes in the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

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100 days til the VIC election

With the Victorian state election only 100 days away, we’re working hard to ensure that all political parties take meaningful climate and environmental policies to the election.

We’ve been in campaign mode since last August but now we’re getting to the serious part of the race. Back in the 2014 state election, FoE’s smart approach to campaigning helped deliver the key environmental wins that were achieved, including:

This is a high stakes election.

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Job Opportunity: Finance System Project Coordinator

This role would be a temporary addition to the Operations Collective to Friends of the Earth Melbourne, who also serve as the Secretariat for Friends of the Earth Australia. The role is to project manage our finance system upgrade for both Friends of the Earth Australia and Melbourne. They will work in direct collaboration with the Operations Collective to project manage the design and implementation of the system.

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August 2018 Update - Just under 4 months until Victorians hit the polls

We all know that the state election which will happen on November 24 is a high stakes one for climate and environment policy. With the Coalition threatening to tear up the state renewable energy target (VRET) and gas moratorium we worked so hard to achieve, we have a lot to lose if we cannot shift their current policies.

With less than four months til the election, we are working as hard as we possibly can to ensure all political parties go to the election with solid environment and climate policies. We’re working on the ground with regional and suburban communities, in places as diverse as Maryborough in north central VIC to Bass, on the eastern fringe of Melbourne.

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New Forest Reserve in Victoria's Strzelecki Ranges

Strez_announcement_July_2018.JPGOn July 14th 2018, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio, and Gunai Traditional Owner Aunty Doris Paton formally announced the creation of the Brataualung Forest Park in the Strzelecki Ranges.

The name Brataualung refers to one of five clans of the Gunai tribe and was the nominated name for the Reserve by the GunaiKurnai Elders Council after a Government naming process.

The new Reserve covers 2,400 ha of land, including key cool temperate rainforest catchments in the Agnes River, Franklin River, Dingo Creek, Albert River and College Creek.

The new reserve is the result of more than 20 years campaigning in the region by many individuals and local groups, particularly Friends of Gippsland Bush, and Friends of the Earth.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Twin renewable energy announcements for the Grampians and Ballarat welcome, next steps needed on Victorian Climate Change Action Fund

Next steps needed for a Victorian Climate Change Action Fund

National environment Group Friends of the Earth welcomes the Andrews government's twin announcements of the Grampians New Energy Taskforce and funding for the Asia-Pacific Renewable Energy Centre at Federation Uni in Ballarat, saying they can take the next step by establishing a Victorian Climate Change Action Fund.

“By making investments like these the Andrews government is acknowledging the importance of acting on climate change” said Act on Climate Vic coordinator Leigh Ewbank.

“To make sure Victorians are getting the most bang for buck the Andrews government can take the next step and establish a Victorian Climate Change Action Fund to address this critical issue.”

“A designated grant scheme can ensure that the needs of communities, small businesses and local government are being met by the state when it comes to acting on climate change” added Ewbank.

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