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Queensland’s vegetation management legislation is changing again – what you need to know – 16 March 2018

Vegetation clearing laws are again in the spotlight, with the Queensland Government introducing the Vegetation Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (the Bill) into parliament on 8 March 2018. The controversial Bill contains many components of the previous vegetation clearing “re-instatement” bill, introduced in 2016, which was defeated on the floor of parliament. The Bill re-establishes controls on regrowth vegetation and targets broad-scale clearing associated with agricultural activities.

 

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NSW government reinstates land clearing laws ruled invalid

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 follow due process.

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

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, by celebrating dynamic female minds), Dr Rebecca Johnson is one of our most important wildlife forensic scientists.

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Indian mynas are on the move – to Ballarat

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.

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Second stage of second crossing edges closer

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 spokesperson said.

 

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Plan to carve up beach drive view

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 of the Marcus high dune.

 

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