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Friends of the Earth Melb news Oct 2022

In this Bring the Noise edition join our 5 Nov day of climate actions, volunteer this State election, go to Politics in the paddock Act on Climate event, save koalas and trees, join Better Buses community forums, watch an offshore wind forum, and more!

Bring the Noise FoE fundraiser day of climate actions 5 Nov

FoE Melb Bring the noise climate actions

On November 5th, we need you to Bring The Noise for a day of decentralised actions across Melbourne CBD calling for action on climate.  Get out on the streets to compete in teams and complete as many 'actions' as possible on one day, while fundraising for Friends of the Earth, raising your voices for the solutions we need, and calling out the climate criminals!  Sign up today!

Getting involved is easy: Set your goal. Choose your targets. Get sponsored. Plan your actions!  You can join one of the FoE Melbourne Collective teams hereor start your own!

Volunteer with FoE Melb this State election

FoE Melb volunteers

Join our network of volunteers to get involved with our campaigns for climate and environmental justice ahead of the Victorian State election this November.  We need your help with things like stalls, letterboxing, outreach, events, and more to raise awareness about our campaigns to protect forests, invest in better public transport and reduce climate emissions!  No previous experience needed!  Sign up to volunteer here.

Politics in the paddock Act on Climate event

FoE Melb Politics in the paddock event

Join us down on the Merri Creek at the beautiful Joe's Market Garden to gather round the fire, kick back to the sweet tunes of some local musicians with a coffee and pastry, and hear about our upcoming campaign plans including how you can get involved! 
RSVP here.

Better buses community Wyndham forum

In the lead up to this year's Victorian State election, we are organising a Wyndham Public Transport forum on 12 October at Tarneit Community Centre along with our friends at Point Cook Action Group.  The event will be hybrid in-person as well as live-streamed via Facebook. Read more & RSVP here.

Transforming transport in the west event

BetterWest and Sustainable Cities have organised this forum in the lead up to the Victorian State election to highlight that there is so much more the government can do to improve public transport in the west, and improve the lives of communities who call the west their home.  Read more & RSVP here.


Watch: Gippsland off-shore wind zone forum

Long home to the state's coal fired power stations and the offshore oil and gas sector, Gippsland is a region in transition. Offshore wind presents a new opportunity to action on climate and deliver real benefits to communities and workers.  Offshore wind presents a new opportunity to action on climate and deliver real benefits to communities and workers. On Monday 3rd October 2022, Friends of the Earth hosted an online forum discussing what the country’s first offshore wind zone means for Gippsland. Watch the online forum below, subtitles are included.  Read more & watch.

ake the switch to Cooperative Power here.  

Media release: Vic energy storage target

Friends of the Earth welcomes the Andrews government’s announcement to legislate a Victorian Energy Storage Target if returned to power at the November state election.  The target would see 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy storage built in Victoria by 2030, and scale this up to 6.3GW by 2035.  Read more.

Media release: Coal closure

Power company AGL has announced it will bring forward closure dates for the Loy Yang A coal fired power station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley by ten years to 2035.  It is the second time this year AGL has announced earlier closure dates for its ageing coal fleet, after announcing Loy Yang A would close by 2045.  Read more.

Read the latest
Chain Reaction magazine online here on Beyond Extractivism.

Sign the Dump the nuke Dump petition here.

Be inspired by past nuke-free wins read more.    

Save Strzelecki koala’s favourite tree petition

FoE Melb Save koalas favourite trees

Mountain Grey Gum has been confirmed by Phillips & Wallis (2016) as the most preferred feed tree for the Strzelecki koala. However, VicForests have not recognised this tree as a "Preferred forage species in Victoria", which offers almost no management protocols for koalas if Mountain Grey Gum is found in logging coupes.  Ask VicForests to recognise the significance of Mountain Grey Gum here

Significant koala finds at Mullungdung forest

Mullungdung State Forest located north east of the town of Yarram, continues to surprise us in terms of potential koala numbers. Thanks to Pool of Dreams and donors through our June 2022 fundraising appeal who have helped make important Strzelecki koala findings in 2022.  In terms of the genetically significant Strzelecki koala, it is now clear that the southern portion of Mullungdung is clearly a Strzelecki koala hotspot. Mullungdung now joins Morwell National Park (and surrounds) and native forest south east of Tarra Bulga National Park as containing the 3 most significant koala populations remaining in the region.  Read more.

To continue surveying Mullungdung koala colonies, please donate here.

Logging threat to Vic high country forests

Victoria’s highest mountain, Bogong (Warkwoolowler in the Waywurru and Dhudhuroa languages, meaning the mountain where Aboriginal people collected the Bogong Moths) is protected in the Alpine National Park. It sits high above the town of Mount Beauty and is a drawcard for hikers, skiers and backcountry snowboarders. There are no roads on the mountain, and access is slow because of the steep climb up from the valley. It is an alpine wonderland of wildflowers in summer and deep snow in winter. 
Read more & take action.

Media release: Greens plan to end native forest logging

The Greens have announced their plan to end native forest logging in Victoria. This is a plan that is in line with an urgent need for transitioning regional communities away from an industry operating at a loss to the taxpayer and a significant cost to the environment. It will see Victoria’s forests protected for climate, water and First Nations culture.  Friends of the Earth Melbourne welcomes the fully costed roadmap which will support the move of workers into new jobs whilst meeting our timber needs with plantations and other timber alternatives.  Read more.

60 gliders & counting

On Sunday the 2nd of October, surveys were carried out over 12 areas scheduled for logging, across 6 locations from Toolangi, Black Range near Taggerty, Warburton in the Central Highlands, Alberton West in Gippsland, Colquhoun State Forest in East Gippsland, and Wombat State Forest in the Central West.  60 Greater Gliders were found across the State. Many of these areas will now be temporarily protected by the Kinglake Friends of Forest, Environment East Gippsland and Gippsland Environment Group court case.  Read more.


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