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Poll says environment laws shouldn’t be weakened

MEDIA RELEASE Australians reject Abbott Government’s efforts to fast track fracking, dredging and deforestation  23 July 2014  The Places You Love Alliance, a coalition of over 42 Australian environment groups, has called on the Abbott Government to abandon its attempt to wind back environmental protections, given they lack popular support and will damage Australia’s environmental assets. A new poll has found only eleven per cent of people think that there should be...

Two massive projects-one special forest. Time to save it!

composite map-Motorsports & road upgrade This composite map shows the combined impact on native vegetation with its high environmental and amenity values from the proposed  534ha off-road motorcycling facility within the Mooloolah Logging Area AND the upgrade of the Caloundra Road to  Steve Irwin Way section interchange as stage 1 for the proposed future upgrade of the Bruce Highway. It's a massive and important...

Senate inaction threatens places Australians love

Tuesday 24 June 2014 The places Australians love face increased threats after the Environment and Communications Senate Committee recommended yesterday that environment approval powers be devolved to state governments.The Places You Love alliance submitted that amendments to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 should not be passed.“This policy represents a total lack of leadership on environmental regulation,” said Asren Pugh, acting director of the Places You Love alliance.“State governments are...

Petition to keep motorsports out of Mooloolah Logging Area

SCEC remains concerned that the state government is pushing ahead with the establishment of a motorsports precinct, starting with an off-road motorcycling facility, within the Mooloolah Logging Area. This proposal has bypassed community consultation or due consideration of more suitable alternative sites.  We need to act urgently to prevent the loss of  biodiversity values and an important part of a key bio-regional...

UN rules Reef in trouble-Places You Love media release

  Places You Love MEDIA RELEASE United Nations rules Great Barrier Reef in trouble: Federal Government should not leave the Reef in Newman’s hands  Thursday 19 June 2014 The Places You Love alliance, representing more than 40 Australian environment groups, says the Federal Government should not hand responsibility for protecting the Great Barrier Reef to the Queensland Government. This follows the UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s decision to...

States can’t handle environment laws

Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area PETER COSIER THE AUSTRALIAN JUNE 10, 2014 FIFTEEN years ago the Howard government introduced sweeping changes to national environmental laws, with the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Its objective was, and still is, to provide for the protection of the environment and promote the conservation of biodiversity. The act was built around an inter­governmental agreement allocating different responsibilities to the states and commonwealth. The role of the commonwealth is to protect matters of national environmental significance, including our national...