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Victorian government must remove cattle from the Alpine Park

Friends of the Earth joins with other environmental groups in welcoming federal environment minister Tony Burke's decision to demand that the Victorian Government refer its trial of cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park for proper assessment under national environment laws.

As VNPA executive director Matt Ruchel said last friday "Minister Burke's decision confirms that the State Government acted in defiance of federal environment laws when it allowed 400 cattle into the Alpine National Park on January 12 this year" .

We call on Premier Baillieu to put some commonsense back into this situation and remove the cattle once and for all.

This ill-advised experiment must not resume next season, it should be abandoned for good, it's a park not a paddock.
The state government is expected to respond to the minister this week.


Concern over locust spray plans

Friends of the Earth (FoE) today raised health concerns regarding the arsenal of insecticides being used to control locust populations in the state’s north and north west.

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“Gippsland Is Precious”

Monday 6th May 2013

 Our precious region gets nationwide coverage

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Pesticides and water supply quality a concern for Gippsland residents

May 2 2013

 Friends of the Earth raised
concerns today about a recently published EPA report regarding pesticide and
heavy metal detections in waterways in Gippsland.

 

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Minister's intervention in golf course relocation could impact on 90% of voters within his electorate.

February 20 2013


Environmental organisation Friends of the Earth expressed further concern about Minister Guy's intervention in the relocation of Eastern Golf Course.

On February 8, the Minister amended the property address, where the Eastern Golf Course is planned to be constructed, from Yarra Ranges Planning Scheme Green Wedge Zone Schedule 4 to Special Use Zone Schedule 9. This then meant that the golf course could be constructed without the need for a permit. This was less than one working day before the matter was to be heard at VCAT.

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Planning Minister Intervenes In Golf Course Saga

FEBRUARY 11 2013

PRESS RELEASE

Friends of the Earth today expressed its disappointment at the actions of Planning Minister Matthew Guy in amending the Yarra Ranges Planning Scheme in order to facilitate the construction of Eastern Golf Club's new course at Yering Gorge, one kilometre upstream from the offtake to Sugarloaf Reservoir.

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Quality drinking water for 3.4 million Australians only an “aspiration"

Last Thursday Friends of the Earth attended a pre-briefing on the soon-to-be-released Proposed Basin Plan. Amongst many disappointments in the document was this shocking bit of back-pedaling: water quality and salinity targets, critical to ensuring the waters of the Murray-Darling are safe to swim and drink, will now be merely “aspirational.”

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More herbicides detected in Barwon Water supply network

Friends of the Earth today expressed alarm at more detections of herbicides in the Barwon Water  Drinking Water Supply network.

Seventeen incidents of pollution occurred within the timeframe all consisting of the phenoxy herbicides 2,4-D, MCPA and 4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid. All of these herbicides are used in regards to killing broadleaved weeds on farms in grazing and cropping situations.

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