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 prove they were innocent. The Palaszczuk government’s land-clearing bill was defeated by two votes after…

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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 have not been seen here for 20 years and I would love to have them…

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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 bush regeneration groups to remove the weed in parts of the shire, its spread has…

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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 the world’s plants and animals does little to help. A study published in Nature has…

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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 a management order for a site on Goodwood Road last week.   READ MORE

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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 Lyons said compounding the road threat along the highway was inadequate fencing, which contributed to…

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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.   READ MORE

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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 MORE

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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 is located 27 kilometres north of Port Lincoln, to ensure the safety of the offline…

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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 Rainforest and agriculture industry.   READ MORE

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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 of the Koala Plan have been revised to place emphasis on promoting the continued existence…

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