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MEDIA RELEASE 5 Nov 2020: Andrews govt’s big battery announcement builds momentum for renewables rollout & emissions reductions

Environment group Friends of the Earth welcome the Andrews government’s announcement that Victoria will build Australia’s biggest battery, saying it’s a sign the state government can deliver a clean recovery to COVID-19 while acting on the climate crisis.

The 300 megawatt grid-scale battery project to be built near Geelong will create 85 jobs, accelerate the rollout of renewable energy, and help the Victorian government meet legislated commitments to cut emissions.

Critically, the big battery will help shore up Victoria’s electricity grid, which is facing challenges due to intensifying climate impacts such as summer heatwaves as the state’s ageing and polluting coal generators become increasingly unreliable.

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Media release: Walk 2 #BuildMM2w

This October (19-25th), community members will be participating in a decentralised walk to increase pressure for sustainable public transport as a part of Melbourne's clean COVID-19 recovery.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made clear the need for public transport that reduces both crowding and number of connections in order for Melbourne to become a resilient city. 

Melbourne's North and West are the city's fastest growing areas, but they're severely under-serviced by public transport.

 

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Media release: Walk 2 #BuildMM2

Walk to Build #MM2: The Melbourne Metro 2 Rail line will be imperative to build back a more resilient Melbourne.

This October (19-25th), community members will be participating in a decentralised walk to increase pressure for sustainable public transport as a part of Melbourne's clean COVID-19 recovery.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made clear the need for public transport that reduces both crowding and number of connections in order for Melbourne to become a resilient city. 

Melbourne's North and West are the city's fastest growing areas, but they're severely under-serviced by public transport.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Andrews govt funding for community energy is welcome, but must be scaled up to match demand

Friends of the Earth welcomes $1 million worth of grants to support 13 community-energy projects across Victoria, but say the Andrews government must must scale up funding to match the demand. 

"Communities are way out in front of governments when it comes to tackling the climate crisis," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth's climate justice spokesperson.

"The Andrews government's grants for community-energy projects acknowledge this leadership and will create jobs while cutting emissions."

Friends of the Earth say the Andrews government can build on the momentum and create thousands more jobs by establishing a dedicated $100 million Victorian Climate Change Action Fund.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Green light for Latrobe Valley's first utility scale renewable energy project welcomed

The Latrobe Valley's first utility scale renewable energy project has been given the green light from the Victorian government, with planning approval for the Fraser Solar farm at Toongabbie fast-tracked as part of the Andrews government's economic response to Covid-19.

Friends of the Earth and local community and sustainability groups have welcomed the news, saying that this marks a shift to renewable energy in the region, and will deliver benefits for jobs, regional investment and the climate.

"This is an exciting step forward for the Latrobe Valley, it's good to know we will continue to have a future in energy production by building renewable energy here in our community" said Wendy Farmer President of community group Voices of the Valley. 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Friends of the Earth call for Andrews govt to make "right decision, not rushed decision" on delayed climate targets

Friends of the Earth Melbourne has released a statement in response to the Victorian government's delay to setting interim Emissions Reduction Targets.

It is the second time a decision on the targets has been delayed.

Friends of the Earth's Act on Climate coordinator, Leigh Ewbank, said: 

"Despite our deep disappointment about the delay, we believe it is essential that the Victorian government makes the right decision, not a rushed decision on climate targets."

The community campaign for science-based targets will continue. We will fight for Climate Justice for all Victorians.


Media Release: END LIFELONG LOCKDOWN FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: TIME FOR A TRANSPORT SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE

Today dozens of community members have taken to Facebook and Twitter calling on Transport Minister Melissa Horne to prioritise accessible public transport for all with the hashtag #LifelongLockdown.   

Many Victorians are rejoicing as the COVID restrictions gently lift and a return to normal life looks imminent, but for people with disabilities lockdown life can be normal life. Much of the state’s transport system remains inaccessible and unreliable, leaving people with disabilities stuck at home and unable to participate fully in life’s opportunities. 

According to the National Disability Standards for Accessible Transport, Victoria’s transport system is required to be 80-90% accessible by 2022, but the Victorian government is far from on track to meet this deadline.  

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MEDIA RELEASE 7th Sep 2018: When The River Runs Dry exuberant drag queens stage Lower Darling performance on #ThreatenedSpeciesDay

Two exuberant drag queens dressed as a Golden Perch and local Yabbie have performed to an audience on the Lower Darling to raise awareness of their threatened survival in the the Murray Darling Basin on threatened species day.

Fox Pflueger the local Yabbie got the crowd wet to a performance of “When the rivers run dry” on the dry and degraded banks of the Darling River at Tolarno Station. Weird Alice the Golden Perch blasted an incredible rendition of “I will Survive” at the Menindee Lakes.

The Menindee lakes is the largest fish breeding ground in the Murray Darling Basin and right now the iconic Golden perch is at risk of extinction because the lakes are being bled dry by over extraction and failed water management.

The queens, traveling through to Broken Hill for the annual Broken Heel festival, couldn’t go past this catastrophic dying ecosystem without bringing the story back to the cities.

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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.

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

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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