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2 months ago

Keep It Wild Australia
A shift to renewable energy can provide a rare opportunity to reduce not only carbon emissions but also a wide range of environmental problems. However, deployment of low-carbon technologies should avoid sensitive habitats in order to fully realise their environmental benefits without triggering unintended consequences.It is absurd the Victorian Government are pushing toward destroying vital habitat biolinks, in the name of an otherwise positive transition to renewable energy. By doing this, they are giving to the environment with one hand, while taking away with the other. There are more environmentally, agriculturally and economically sound alternatives to the transmission corridor chosen, and these alternatives should be pursued instead.According to The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, “Despite understanding the importance of our natural environment, not enough has been done to protect it from harm.”It's time to remind the Minister she needs to show just how important our environment is. Sign and send the letter online at www.darleypowerfight.com.au/news-and-updates/biodiversity-decline-is-accelerating-in-victoria-mak... ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Keep It Wild Australia
# Habitat Destruction in Victoria is Accelerating, Making Way for New Electricity Transmission.The Moorabool Landcare Network biolinks form key connectors between previously fragmented habitats and the highly biodiverse forests of the recently announced Wombat-Lerderderg National Park and Victorian Central Highlands. This region as a whole can be considered an ‘ecological system’ with over half of its species seasonally migrating along it or through parts of it, and many species extending along its range.Disturbingly, the decline of Victoria’s biodiversity is set to accelerate as native habitats are fragmented by the recently announced proposed final corridor of the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project (WVTNP). A new transmission line starting at Bulgana in Victoria’s west, and covering approximately 190km to Sydenham in Melbourne’s north-west.**Clearing of trees, shrubs, and other plant growth areas for transmission line easements and access tracks will permanently sever these biolinks, resulting in decreased genetic diversity and damage to, or loss of, significant plant and animal species from the area. Habitats are never able to recover to their original state because of the need to ensure ongoing accessibility to infrastructure for security, repairs, and maintenance.**Send a letter to The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change asking her to instruct AEMO and AusNet Services to seek an alternate, more viable, robust and less environmentally destructive option.Find out more then sign and send your letter online: www.keepitwild.com.au/stop-habitat-fragmentation-for-new-electricity-transmission/#biolinks #biodiversity #conservation #wvtnp #swiftparrot #powerfulowl ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

Keep It Wild Australia
Just sharing this to try and help stop spread of disease into the Lerderderg through large scale construction project near the gorge.I hike a lot so are well aware of Cinnamon Fungus and its impact on our environment. Cinnamon Fungus is listed in the top 100 of the world’s most invasive species and is Victoria’s most significant plant pathogen. The invasive Cinnamon Fungus has been recorded at a number of sites within the Lerderderg State Park. The fungus seriously affects native vegetation and causes the death of susceptible species. There is no known cure.The spread of disease is accelerated though the transport of infected soil and gravel by road-making machinery and other vehicles. (building transmission towers, access roads, easements, and work sites).Sign the petition 'Impact on Significant Habitat' to say NO to the Towers and save our forests from the spread of this disease.www.darleypowerfight.com.au/templates-and-petitions/#darleypowerfight #burythecables #stopausnetstowers #greenandunseen ... See MoreSee Less
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7 months ago

**Hi All, this one is a bit of a personal one for me. **A foreign owned company, AusNet, have a proposal to build 85m high voltage transmission lines right in front of the Lerderderg Gorge in Victoria's West. As poor fortune would have it, this is right in my view. I have superimposed the towers.The entire community is really upset about the impact this will have on visitors to the gorge and the surrounding areas.Can I ask you all do do me a huge favour and sign the petition? Totally understand if you don't want to but it will really help in forcing AusNet to select an alternate corridor. You can sign the petition here. It's the Tourism – Lerderderg Gorge one.www.darleypowerfight.com.au/templates-and-petitions/ ... See MoreSee Less
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7 months ago

Bugger me. These politicians need to get out from behind their desks and realise what they are destroying.The Greens moved to condemn the privatisation of chunks of Tasmania's National Parks and World Heritage Area, but we were blocked by Labor, the Liberals and Jacqui Lambie. Our wilderness belongs to all of us and must not be privatised! ... See MoreSee Less
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7 months ago

Sharing this as the mag will have part 2 of the luxury lodges = wilderness lost article. Will be an interesting read.Hi Wild Community.I’m just coming up for air for a few minutes before I dive back in to finish off Wild #179, Autumn 2020. It’s our 40th birthday year, and while Issue #180 is our actual b’day, this is an awesome issue to kick the year off. It’s just a few days from heading to the printers, and I’ve had a long string of 3AM finishes getting to this point, most of which have lately been spent working away on our second instalment of ‘Luxury Lodges = Wilderness Lost’. Privatisation is arguably the key threat facing our national parks; largely the issue has manifested in proliferating lodge developments around the country. It’s an important story, one I urge you to read.The rest of the issue is amazing, too, with pics and writing to blow you away. Lachlan Gardiner heads into Nepal’s wildest reaches for a month with mountaineering legend Tim Macartney-Snape. Megan Holbeck catches up with Australia’s Lucy Barnard, who is literally walking to the ends of the earth. Huw Kingston paddles Australia’s highest and lowest rivers, the Snowy and the Warburton. Our photo essay for the issue is stunning, as Tasmanian photographer Steve Pearce shares the results of his quest to document giant trees. Equally stunning is Craig Pearce’s lyrical writing as he searches for insight in far western NSW’s Mutawintji NP. And speaking of searching, resident #adventurecouple Ryan Hansen and Martine Fogg search for ways to tie the knot, and end up in NZ’s Arthur Range.Throw in our Track Notes explaining how to do the Three Capes for virtually nothing, plus a string of opinion and conservation pieces (including, as part of our 40th year celebrations, the rebirth of Wild’s long running Green Pages), and you’ve got an issue not to be missed.To make sure you get it, though, subscribe before the print run numbers are finalised. Head to wild.com.au/subscribeTime to get back to it. Thanks,James ... See MoreSee Less
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8 months ago

Interesting thinking from a commercial tour operator. ... See MoreSee Less
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8 months ago

I’ve heard there are expressions of interests out for commercial developments in the following National Parks.Frenchman’s Cap TASCradle Mountain TASWest Coast TASSouth Coast Track TASFalls to Hotham Alpine Crossing VICLight to light Walk NSWUluru to the Olgas NTKings Canyon NTBlue Mountains NSWWilderness Coast Walk VICWalls of Jerusalem TASKangaroo Island SAAre there any more you know of that can be added to this list? ... See MoreSee Less
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8 months ago

This is absolutely disgusting.REPEAL OF REGULATIONS VOTED DOWNA very dark day for South Australian conservation David Speirs MP, Steven Marshall, Vickie Chapman MP.Mark Parnell MLC:"National Parks represent the very best of our natural environment. That’s why we love them so much and take special care to look after the plants and animals that make up these wonderful places."Last night, our National Parks were delivered a cruel blow when the Marshall Liberal Government, supported by SA-Best Frank Pangallo MLC] and Advance SA [John Darley MLC] (all former Xenophon MPs), voted to allow unlimited private tourism development inside Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island. Under the new rules, any tourism development valued at over $1million inside the National Park, no longer needs planning consent, will not be subject to any consultation and is protected from community challenge. Any vegetation in the National Park that the developer wants to clear for buildings, roads, tracks, fire-breaks etc will no longer be assessed by the Native Vegetation Council, but will be approved by a public servant answerable to the Planning Minister."The Government has made it clear. They want to open up our Parks to private developers and they are prepared to throw out proper planning and environmental assessment in the process. Under the slogan of “reimagining” our Parks, the Liberals and their supporters envisage a future where our Public Parks become Private Playgrounds." ... See MoreSee Less
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8 months ago

Keep It Wild Australia
Hi everyone. Please feel free to invite your family and friends to join this group. The larger our numbers and the better organised we are, the greatest chance we will have to make a difference. If you know of any other groups campaigning against commercial developments in our national parks, invite them to share content here too. I’m all about being efficient and like to find everything in one place. I was told a few weeks ago, don’t get angry, get organised so this is me, doing that.Cheers Darren Edwards ... See MoreSee Less
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8 months ago

For years, Kakadu's natural environment has been degrading and popular tourist sites have been closed with little warning.Kakadu — billed as a jewel in Australia's tourism crown — is falling into disrepair, and traditional owners say the federal body that runs the park is to blame.Things are so bad some traditional owners are threatening to close down parts of Kakadu. ... See MoreSee Less
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8 months ago

Keep It Wild Australia
Just sharing an update about Malbena Island in Tassies Walls of Jerusalem Marional Park. www.facebook.com/243693259600110/posts/717678518868246/?substory_index=0Malbena update. The investors will be waiting on the outcome of the current Supreme Court appeal. After that, they’ll have to decide whether to keep paying consultants to put some paperwork together that downplays the impact of choppers, exclusive possession and private huts in the wilderness. The Commonwealth will than advertise the application for public comment. That’s the “process”. Imagine if they put their resources into something worthwhile? ... See MoreSee Less
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8 months ago

I read recently that ‘Australia is Lagging Behind’ in commercialising our National Parks. Tourism Australia and the Australian Government look to the USA, South Africa and New Zealand as role models in this space. Maybe they need to look a little harder as maybe we are in fact ahead of these countries. Just reading an article about NZ Parks. They are concerned that popularity is having an adverse impact on environment. Here’s a screen shot of part of the article. ... See MoreSee Less
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8 months ago

Keep It Wild Australia
So this is the future of remote wilderness in Australia. Don’t know how you feel about it but my heart is breaking. ... See MoreSee Less
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