New Report: The effectiveness of Murray River Water flows

 

“We’ve got a problem, we’re going to have less water, so what do we do? Mechanise the river and extract more. ... It’s not the way to address a drying future.”

- Mel Gray, Convenor of Healthy Rivers Dubbo.

Read more from Basin Communities in the Effectiveness of Murray River water flows report here. 

The Murray-Darling Basin is the largest river system in Australia, covering more than one million square kilometres across the east of the continent. It spans from Southern Queensland, through New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, to Northern Victoria and across to South Australia, where the Murray Mouth opens to the sea.

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Dirt Radio - Launching the People's Climate Strategy

Anna Langford on 3CR - Dirt Radio

This week we are joined by Anna Langford from Friends of the Earth's Act on Climate collective to talk about the People's Climate Strategy - a bold project that crowdsourced climate solutions from the general public.

 

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We're Hiring: Yes 2 Renewables - Gippsland Community Campaigner

Friends of the Earth is seeking a passionate, skilled and self motivated person to work in the Gippsland region of Victoria to empower local community members to build support for the transition to renewable energy in the Latrobe Valley and throughout Gippsland. 

Victoria is beginning to undertake an unprecedented shift to renewable energy, a key solution to the climate crisis. The transition to renewable energy underway in Gippsland will shape the future of the state’s energy system, with the region currently home to the state’s three remaining ageing coal fired power stations. With the highly polluting Yallourn coal fired power station set to close by 2028, and action on the climate crisis becoming more urgent, it’s essential that governments deliver a fair and just transition to renewable energy that prioritises the needs of the community and workers.

This is a 3 days/ week position, being offered for 8 months.

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Tell decision makers its time for 10 minute trains!

Group of people protesting with signs. Captioned tell decision makers its time for 10 minute trains and Build Melbourne Metro 2.

Are you tired of long wait times and crowded trains? 

Guess what!? By 2050 transport use in Melbourne will more than double, filling up our trains and causing more delays. Serious action must be taken now.

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A logging road in the Alpine National Park?

20210330_120956.jpgThe state government logging agency, VicForests, intends to log a total of 11 “coupes”, or sections, of mature forest, much of it dominated by Alpine Ash, in the headwaters of the Little Dargo River, an area of state forest that lies right next to the Alpine National Park. These coupes are located in a series of clusters, where separate sections of bush will be harvested, creating a large zone of cleared land over time.

One coupe has already been logged. The remaining coupes have not yet been scheduled for harvesting. There is still time to stop this ecological disaster – if we act now.

The Little Dargo is roughly 15 kilometres south of the Mt Hotham ski resort in the mountains of north eastern Victoria. Background on the logging can be found here.

What is happening in the Little Dargo catchment is emblematic of a much wider threat occurring across the mountain environments of south eastern Australia.

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Dirt Radio - Start your own cooperative with Earthworker

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This week on our radio show, Katherine Cunningham from Earthworker Cooperative joins Phil on the phone to talk about how worker owned cooperatives are engaging the resistance and dismantling patriarchal, corporate power.

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Why save Snobs Creek and the Rubicon Forest?

waterfall.jpgDr. Lea Jellinek: ‘Why we need to Save the Rubicon Forest?’ at the Kathleen Syme Library, 251 Faraday St, Carlton for 7 - 9:30pm, Wed 14 April 2021.

You are invited to come with Lea on a journey into our precious forest on Dry Creek Hill, above Snobs Creek Waterfall. 

This area, just above the spectacular Snobs Creek Waterfall, has one of the most pristine and intact forests in Murrindindi Shire. Local campaigners want to see them removed from logging schedules and declared an extension of the existing "Snobs Creek Wildlife Reserve”. 

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Friends of the Earth: Yallourn coal closure “too little too late" on climate

Today, EnergyAustralia, the owner of the coal-burning Yallourn power plant in Victoria, announced that the facility will close in mid 2028.

Friends of the Earth say the proposed 2028 closure date for Australia's most polluting power plant is "too little too late" on climate:  

"The best available science tells us that countries such Australia must reach zero emissions as soon as possible," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth’s campaigns coordinator.

"In the context of the climate emergency, EnergyAustralia's proposed 2028 closure date is too little too late."

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GET ON TRACK: PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES DEMAND AN END TO DISCRIMINATORY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

People block a tram in Melbourne's CBDThe disability and public transport community this morning linked arms to demand action on more accessible trams.

At 12 noon on Thursday 4 March the coalition of campaigners took to the streets from the State Library to call out for a public transport system that works for everyone.

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Community Win: Victoria’s Fracking Ban Enshrined in Constitution

Community_Win.pngTestament to the strength of the community campaign to protect Victoria from fracking and unconventional gas, today the Andrews government’s bill to enshrine existing legislated bans on fracking and coal seam gas drilling into Victoria’s Constitution passed the upper house.

Friends of the Earth campaigned from 2011 until 2016 to help win the ban on fracking and unconventional gas drilling.

Friends of the Earth is delighted to see the ban enshrined in the state’s constitution and says the outcome is an acknowledgment of the powerful community campaign against gas:

“This was a campaign that was driven – and won – by regional communities. It is a reminder that strategic and determined community campaigning gets results,” said Cam Walker. 

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