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Dr Rebecca Johnson, wildlife forensic scientist and director of the Australian Museum Research Institute

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The woman pioneering conservation research, genetic and forensic science and the stamping out of illegal trafficking of wildlife. As one of the 2017 ‘Superstars of STEM’ (a Science and Technology Australia…

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Can Queensland Labor end broadscale land clearing, as promised?

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Last week, the Queensland government tabled a highly anticipated bill seeking to implement its promise to “end broadscale clearing in Queensland”. Queensland is responsible for more tree clearing than the…

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Transport hub gets green light provided rare plant gets protection

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Plans to convert a defence site into a freight hub in Sydney’s south-west can proceed, provided developers implement strict conditions to protect a rare flowering plant, the Land and Environment…

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Port of Cairns upgrade given environmental approval

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The $120 million Port of Cairns upgrade is closer to completion following the Queensland Government’s approval of the Environmental Impact Statement.   READ MORE

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Indian mynas are on the move – to Ballarat

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AN UNWELCOME IMMIGRANT Small, brown birds with a black head and a bright yellow beak, legs and eye patch; notoriously aggressive and quarrelsome; thought to compete with native species of birds…

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Maules Creek offsets still not secured, five years after land clearing approved

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Five years after the controversial Maules Creek coalmine in north-east New South Wales was given approval to clear critically endangered native ecosystems, Whitehaven Coal has still not secured the biodiversity…

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New Vegetation Management Regulation for Queensland

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The Vegetation Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 was introduced to the Queensland Parliament yesterday (8 March 2018) and sets out to amend the Vegetation Management Act 1999, the…

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‘World’s ugliest animal’ found off Australia

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IT’S one of the most inaccessible and unexplored places on the planet. Now Australian researchers have managed to haul in creatures from the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean, rarely…

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Second stage of second crossing edges closer

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WORKS are about to start on the second stage of the $280 million Echuca-Moama bridge project, closing Warren St from early March 2018 to mid 2019. ‘‘We need to close…

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Invest in science for the full picture

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Since 1988, the Queensland Government has been using satellite imagery to analyze reductions in woody vegetation and report their findings via the Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS).   READ…

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More science needed on vegetation management says AgForce

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FARMERS are calling on the Palaszczuk Government to equip scientists with the resources they need to examine how much vegetation is growing in Queensland, not just how much is being cleared.…

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Australia’s strategy for nature 2018-2030 – Open for Feedback

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Environmental officials from all jurisdictions in Australian Government who make up the Biodiversity Working Group, reviewed Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy: 2010 – 2030 back in November 2017. A revised strategy…

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Farmers: Time to end divisive debate on vegetation laws

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FARMERS say land management plans with defined environmental and agricultural production outcomes agreed to by both farmers and the Queensland Government will help end the divisive debate over vegetation laws.…

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Chevron LNG project facing emissions row

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The WA Opposition claims the state government is risking investors’ dollars with an environmental review into greenhouse gas emissions from the multi-billion dollar Wheatstone natural gas project.   READ MORE

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Plan to carve up beach drive view

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A proposal to clear one of Noosa’s best known coastal views at Castaways Beach for subdivision has seen Mayor Tony Wellington invoke the 1990s protest spirit used to halt development…

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More than 20,000 hectares of land to be cleared in largest single permit issued for Northern Territory

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The decision to grant a permit for a Top End cattle station to clear 20,432 hectares of land has been heavily criticised by an environmental lobby group.   READ MORE

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Environment Department: North Queensland station owner cleared land without federal approval

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The Commonwealth Environment Department has confirmed that a North Queensland farmer cleared a section of land without approval required under Federal Law.   READ MORE

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Alfred Cove Wave Park: environmental assessment available to be viewed online

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AN ENVIRONMENTAL assessment of the proposed wave park at Alfred Cove is available for public scrutiny until January 18 after it was posted online.   READ MORE

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Australia: Planning and environment in NSW – 2017 in review

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Planning reform in NSW requires patience and timing. In 2017 the NSW Government demonstrated both its infinite patience and impeccable timing.   READ MORE

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Restrictions force Downs farmers to lock in property map

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SOUTHERN DOWNS rural landholders are being urged to lock in property maps now ahead of looming new restrictions around what they can and can’t do on their land.   READ…

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