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Government Moves to save Victoria's iconic Leadbeater's possum

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment, 22 April 2015

After carefully considering advice from the independent Threatened Species Scientific Committee and submissions from experts, interested organisations and the wider community, I have decided to list the Leadbeater's possum as a 'critically endangered' species.

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Threatened Species Commissioner

Leadbeater's Possum

Threatened Species Commissioner: first cab off the rank “Save Victoria’s Leadbeater’s Possum from logging”

Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt is set to announce Australia’s first Threatened Species Commissioner today as part of his election commitment.

“Assigning a Commissioner to this task is critical in focussing funding and attention to Australia’s most  ‘at risk’ species but the role needs some muscle and a meaningful budget as saving Australia’s imperilled species won’t be easy"  

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Australia leads in mammal extinction crisis as groups call for the UN to review Australia’s worsening environmental performance

Leadbeaters Possum

Victoria’s emblem the Leadbeater’s Possum is one of several mammals to top the crisis list as Australia is awarded the reluctant accolade of suffering the worst mammal extinction record in the world, according to a new CSIRO report - The Action Plan for Australian Mammals 2012.  The report was released only days after groups petitioned the UN  for an audit of Australia’s worsening environment performance.

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Scientists: Tony Abbot’s ‘no more parks’ vow a bad move

ALERT - Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers and Thinkers

An international scientific group has decried Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s recent
‘no more parks’ pledge, saying it is badly out of step with environmental reality.

Plantation koala horror triggers question on injuries in native forest logging

The shocking scenes from last night’s ABC 7.30 Report has conservation groups questioning fatalities and injuries of wildlife in native forest logging operations in Victoria. 

VicForests bleak resource outlook

VicForests commit to logging remnant habitat before they downsize after over logging post Black Saturday. 8 years too late.

Toolangi Logging Burns

The controversial Leos foot logging coupe was burnt for regeneration last night.  It has broken containment lines and  moved into the Toolangi state forest.

Any media outlet is welcome to use these images - credit Steve Meacher Myenvironment

Leos foot night burn

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23rd November 2012

Sir David Attenborough urges Prime Minister not to abandon National Environment Powers

Today, 33 United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Laureates (elected to the UNEP Global 500 Roll of Honour in recognition of outstanding practical achievement in the protection of the environment) delivered Prime Minister Gillard a letter urging her not to abandon national environmental protection and devolve powers to state and territory Governments.

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MEDIA RELEASE VicForests avoids Supreme Court - agrees not to log rainforest sites Wednesday 21st November 2012

In an out of court settlement – VicForests has today avoided being taken to the Supreme Court a third time by environment groups.  This follows the case against VicForests coming to an agreed end in the Supreme Court today.

VicForests agreed to protect 9 areas in nationally significant rainforest sites in East Gippsland. 

“The out of court settlement means that VicForests agreed to no logging at three forest areas and to modify their logging boundaries in another six Rainforests Sites of National Significance”, said Jill Redwood.

“Environment East Gippsland believes that the State government through the Department of Sustainability & Environment should have protected all Rainforest Sites of National Significance by their inclusion in the reserve system.  They continue to fail to do so.  They have failed to provide that basic protection for nationally significant rainforest sites.  We believe that the law requires them to do so and that none of the sites should be on the logging schedule,” Ms Redwood said.

The fight against Department of Sustainability & Environment for not protecting all Rainforest Sites of National Significance continues in the Supreme Court next week.

For comment:  Jill Redwood (03) 5154 0145

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Looks like we could be in the Supreme Court with the DSE in the witness box on Monday 26th.



Jill Redwood


Environment East Gippsland Inc

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ORBOST Vic 3888

(03) 5154 0145

EAST GIPPSLAND - our breathing space