NSW government reinstates land clearing laws ruled invalid

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The Berejiklian government has reinstated land clearing laws hours after they were ruled invalid, in what environmental advocates have described as “callous indifference to nature”. The Land and Environment Court on Friday declared the code was invalid because Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair did not…

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Govt must deliver Koala Strategy: Opposition

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The Ballina upgrade of the Pacific Highway through core koala habitat has been listed as one of many reasons the iconic species appears doomed if the NSW Government fails to deliver its long-awaited Koala Strategy.   READ MORE

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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 initiative to break down gender assumptions among the science, technology, engineering and mathematics research industries,…

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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 rest of the country combined, so making good on that promise would go a long…

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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 Court has decided.   READ MORE

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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 and mammals for food and nesting space. READ MORE

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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 offsets demanded by the federal government, receiving a second extension in February.   READ MORE

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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 Planning Act 2016, the Planning Regulation 2017 and Water Act 2000 for the purposes of…

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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 seen by humans.   READ MORE

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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 Warren St between the Murray Valley Hwy roundabout and the Campaspe River bridge,’’ a project…

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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 MORE

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