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The re-election of the Palaszczuk Labor Government means farmers will face new, harsh and unnecessary vegetation management restrictions, possibly as soon as next month.   READ MORE

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Labor will stick to its guns on land-clearing laws if it wins election

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Labor will reintroduce its vegetation management laws if it wins the next election. But it would dump the controversial reverse onus of proof element, which would have compelled farmers to…

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Not only koalas will benefit from Phil’s tree planting

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Round Mountain property owner Phil Weinthal believes the success of his involvement in a local koala tree-planting program will not be limited to the return of the beloved marsupials. ‘Koalas…

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More action needed to address camphor’s noxious threat

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A concerted, community-wide effort is essential if the Byron Shire is to rid itself of the pervasive noxious weed camphor laurel, ecologists say. Despite valiant attempts by individual landholders and…

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We now have proof that conservation funding works

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Most of what we hear about the state of biodiversity is bleak—usually more species are severely threatened and going extinct. Perhaps you think that what we do contribute to help…

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SW regional waste plan advances

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A regional waste facility which could be used by up to 12 local governments from Harvey to Margaret River is a step closer after Capel Shire Council decided to seek…

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More action needed to address camphor’s noxious threat

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A concerted, community-wide effort is essential if the Byron Shire is to rid itself of the pervasive noxious weed camphor laurel, ecologists say.   READ MORE

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Bruce Hwy planting may be luring koalas to their deaths

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PLANTING food trees as offsets alongside a Bruce Hwy Cooroy to Curra section may have inadvertently lured one koala to its death. Noosa Landcare worker and emergency koala responder Rachel…

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Bushfire outlook: Warm, dry winter ratchets up threat level ahead of summer fire season

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The vast majority of the population will face above-normal bushfire risks this year and homeowners must prepare now, Australia’s fire chiefs have warned at the launch of the bushfire outlook.…

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New planning controls introduced in Victoria, Bendigo to manage the impact of bushfire on property

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Thousands more properties across Greater Bendigo now fall under planning controls intended to minimise the impact of bushfire, a response to the Royal Commission that followed the 2009 Black Saturday fires.   READ…

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Tod River Dam works move to revegetation

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A safety upgrade of the Tod River Dam has been finished with attention now turning to revegetation of the area. SA Water has completed the $6.3-million upgrade of the dam, which…

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Traditional owners lead the way to stop pest plant

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Cassowary Coast Regional Council is working with traditional owners and other agencies to help control the spread of a highly invasive exotic shrub that could devastate the region’s World Heritage…

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New Koala Plan for Queensland

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Nature Conservation (Koala) Conservation Plan 2006 and Management Program 2006-2016 (Koala Plan) will be superseded today, 1 September 2017 by the Nature Conservation (Koala) Conservation Plan 2017. The main purposes…

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State government backs down after Upper Kedron density ruling error

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The state government has been forced to correct an error that could have doubled the density in a controversial planned community in Brisbane’s north-west. But the government’s retraction of its…

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Wollondilly council disappointed plans for Wilton Junction put on exhibition before concerns resolved

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Wollondilly councillors say they are disappointed that plans relating to Wilton New Town were “prematurely’’ put on public exhibition. Mayor Judy Hannan said the NSW Department of Planning and Environment…

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Forest link could help koala genes

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THE West Cooroy State Forest could become a national park as part of a plan to mix koala populations across Noosa shire, increasing the genetic pool.   READ MORE

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Cane toads flee as CQ land care groups receive funding boost

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ON the front line in the war against the cane toad invasion, Bethlea Bell from Greening Australia has received some timely financial reinforcements. Her cane toad eradication project is one…

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Carbon Offsets Really Do Help Lower Emissions

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A new study examining the efficacy of paying to preserve forests finds that carbon offsets do produce genuine emissions reductions. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and…

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Logan spends $16k on eye-in-sky drone research to track koalas

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LOGAN’S urban koala has been given an added layer of protection after three councils banded together to pay for research into radical tracking technology.   READ MORE

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Brisbane City Council unveils its first clean, green, sustainable report

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Fast-forward 14 years and it is envisaged almost 25,000 residents will cycle everyday and be able to ride in excellent air quality through tree-lined streets. This vision was unveiled as part…

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