Archive 3:  Environment Headline Archive

Last Updated 12/5/14

 

Environment Directory

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Other Directories

Other Headlines

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New & Current File

 

Animals (see also Wildlife)

Clean Up

Climate Change

2070 Letter

Australian Conservation Foundation ACF (& Consumption Atlas)

Al Gore In Australia

Big Switch

Blueprint For A Green Economy - UK Conservative Party

Climate Crisis Coalition

Conference - Fabian Society

Earth Hour

Garnaut

GetUp

Greening of Riddell

Help Stop Global Warming

Kyneton People's Climate Rally

Lovelock - Rights and Responsibilities

Planning and Climate Change

Rob Gell

Real Estate Burn Out

Stern

Story of Stuff

Suzuki

Swindle

Switchoff

Transition Towns

Walk Against Warming

Wise Wombat

Women and...

Coastal

General

Coastal Action

Marine Coastal Community Network

EDO

EPA

Flood Study

Gisborne

FriendsNET

Funding

AgFund

Community Water Fund

Landcare

Melbourne Water

NCCMA

PPWCMA

Threatened Species Network

GM Foods

Greenpeace

Help The Planet

Alternative Shopping

Food Debate

Humane Society

Land Management

Absentee Owners / Caring for Country

Chemicals

Drought Management

Farm Forestry

Field Days / Open Days

Land Management

Salinity

VERI Program (Caring for Country)

Landcare

Awards

Events

Ashbourne Landcare

Baynton Landcare

Bullengarook Landcare

Clarkefield Landcare

Langley Landcare

Malmsbury Landcare

Newham Landcare

Sheepwash Creek

Woodend Landcare

Landcare News

Landscapes

Logging

Native Vegetation

Bendigo Bush

Box Ironbark

Bush Heritage

Environment - Macedon Ranges

Environment - Other Places

Environment Victoria

Fungi

Greening Australia

Native Grasses

Native Vegetation Framework

Native Vegetation - Trees

River Red Gums

Sheokes

Schone Scholtz Clean Up Day

Seeds

Sustainable Gardens

Tree Planting

Wildflowers

Woodland Web

State of the Environment

Stormwater

Sustainability

Kyneton Transition Hub

Toxic Waste

VEAC - Victorian Environmental Assessment Council

VCEC Victorian Competition & Efficiency Commission - Environmental Regulations

Victoria Naturally

Waste Management

Water 

Auditor General

Catchments

Desal Plant

Fairwater (Central Victoria)

Maude Barlow

Melbourne Water

Our Water, Our Future

Rivers

Storages

Toxic Algal Bloom

Water Usage

Western Water

Weeds & Pests

Council Weed Strategy

Feral Herald

Langley Landcare Needlegrass

Needlegrass

Pests

Serrated Tussock

Weedbusters

Weed Mgt Guidelines

Weeds of National Significance

Willows

Woody Weeds

Wildlife

Bats

Birds

Cats

Ducks

Flying Foxes

Frogs

Kangaroos

Koalas

Land For Wildlife

Moths

Seals

Whales

Wildlife Protection & Carers

Wind Energy

Working Bees

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

 

 

Animals

 

The Animal Rescue Site Asks You To Give Them A Click (21/2/09 - E)  All it takes is a visit to their website.  They are helping us, let's help them 

World Animal Day At Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary  October 5th (10/8/08 - E)  Kid and animal friendly day from 10am to 4pm at Willowmavin (Pam Ahearn)

World Farm Animal Day 2007 A Success (11/10/07 - E)  500 people attend Edgar's Mission on 7 October - media release and pikkies

World Farm Animal Day  October 7 At Willowmavin (via Kilmore) (17/9/07 - E)  Edgar's Mission celebrates the first anniversary of the opening of its farm animal sanctuary

UPDATE  'Macedon Ranges' Animal Aid' Appeal: Clive Gets New Car (21/7/06 - O)   Macedon Ranges' community gave with its heart

Stolen Car:  Support 'Macedon Ranges' Animal Aid' Appeal  (9/7/06 - O)   Give with your heart

 

 

Clean Up 

 

It's Clean Up Australia Day On March 1 2009, So Let's Clean It Up!  (21/2/09 - E)  They will be out there in areas severely affected by bushfires, we surely can do the same here.

 

 

Climate Change

 

2070 Letter

A Letter From 2070 - Is This The Doomed Future We Are Headed For?  (20/9/07 - E)  A catastrophic forecast about the world we are shaping for ourselves... Can we pull back from the brink?

 

Australian Conservation Foundation ACF (& Consumption Atlas)

 

Australian Conservation Foundation [ACF] Releases "Better Than Growth: The New Economics Of Genuine Progress and Quality Of Life"  (13/8/10 - E)  Aha, someone gets it!  Also, check out the ACF's environmental scorecard for the Federal election. 

Australian Conservation Foundation Serves Up "Consumption Atlas" : See How Places Perform On Water Use, Eco-Footprint and Greenhouse Pollution... (12/7/07 - E) Macedon Ranges isn't performing as well as it should

 

Al Gore In Australia

 

Want Urgent Action On Climate Change?   Sign Al Gore's On-line Petition  (11/12/07 - E)  Petition to be presented in Bali for the UN Climate Change Conference.

Apply Now To Become A Climate Change Presenter With Al Gore!  (21/6/07 - E)  Applications close 9.00 am, Friday July 13

Al Gore Live In Melbourne November 16: The Effects Of Global Warming (24/9/06 - E) Free presentation, open to the public

 

Big Switch

 

The Big Switch Says How You Can Make A Difference (10/11/07 - E)  Call to Climate Change Friends - find your action plan

Climate Change:  "The Big Switch" Turns The Spotlight On Federal Election Candidates (7/8/07 - E)  A website where you can take the pledge to act on climate change, and find out where your Federal representatives stand on climate change...

The Big Switch Asks:  Tell Your Politicians You Care About Climate Change (11/10/07 - E)  A reminder from Big Switch to check out how your politician responds to climate change

 

Blueprint For A Green Economy - UK Conservative Party

UK Conservative Party's "Blueprint for a Green Economy" Shoots Straight, Says It Like It Is (17/9/07 - E)  AT LAST.  Someone's taking a realistic, if not brutal, look at climate change, social upheaval and the bleak future this world has if we don't start thinking - and acting - differently:  "we need to recognise that fossil energy was, in the words of writer Bill Mckibben, 'a one-time gift that underwrote a one-time binge of growth.'"  Those times are over...

 

Climate Crisis Coalition

 

Latest Climate Crisis Coalition Newsfeed (14/4/08 - E)  Climate change news from around the world.

November 18 Edition of Climate Crisis Coalition Newsletter (20/11/07 - E)  Latest IPCC Report Feature

Get The Latest On Global Warming At Climate Crisis Coalition Newsfeed  www.climatecrisiscoalition.org (20/9/07 - E) Sign up to receive regular email updates on what's happening around the world.  You can also check out PEOPLE'S RATIFICATION OF THE KYOTO GLOBAL WARMING TREATY, a petition where Americans are exercising their constitutional right to sign, even if their government won't... Hmmm... sound familiar?  http://www.kyotoandbeyond.org/petition.html

 

Conference - Fabian Society

Climate Change Conference: The Big Picture - 21 July (RSVP 16 July) (12/7/07 - E)  Half-day conference: what Climate Change means for Australia, and what it means for each of us

 

Earth Hour

 

Earth Hour and The World Wildlife Fund Say "Vote Earth" (19/11/09 - E)  Send a message to Copenhagen 

World Wildlife Fund Launches Appeal For Earth Hour 2009: Saturday March 28 (10/12/08 - E)    Your support needed...

Earth Hour Newsletter (26/3/08 - E)  Stuff you can do...

Help Make A Difference!  Celebrate Earth Hour - March 29, 2008, 8.00 - 9.00pm (11/3/08 - E)  MRRA urges Macedon Ranges' community to get on board to give something back to Planet Earth.  30 million other people are expected to!

Give An Hour Back To The Earth With EARTH HOUR  March 31st (20/3/07 - E)  Give greenhouse gas the flick - by turning off switches.  This is something we all can do..

 

Garnaut

Garnaut Climate Change Review: Public Forums (6/7/08 - E)  Melbourne Melbourne Town Hall 9 July 2008 10:00am to 11:30am  /  Get the draft report

 

GetUp

Rally In Support Of Greener Energy November 6, State Library, 1pm (2/11/10 - O)   GetUp asks for your support (and presence) to replace Hazelwood power station with cleaner energy 

 

Greening of Riddell

Retrofitting Houses For Energy Efficiency - Riddells Creek June 5 (29/5/07 - E)  Greening of Riddell take the lead again with locals Lynn & Maurice Beinat of Ecomaster discussing how it can be done.

"Greening of Riddell" To Hold Film Night  April 24 (9/4/07 - E)  The Power Of Community: How Cuba dealt with peak oil.

 

Help Stop Global Warming

How You Can Help Stop Global Warming (17/2/07 - E)   Simple things can mean a lot - if we all do it now.  10 actions you can take, and how much carbon dioxide you save. 

 

Lovelock - Rights and Responsibilities (James Lovelock)

Climate Change:  Is It Now "God Help All Of Us..."? (10/11/07 - E)  It's happening faster.  On the eve of the release of the next IPCC bulletin, this haunting paper asks us to remember not just human rights, but our human obligations.

 

Planning and Climate Change

VCAT Strikes First Blow In A Climate-Change Affected World (10/8/08 - P)  Applications for dwellings knocked back - land at risk from rising sea levels, says VCAT

NSW Minister For Planning's Approval Of Development On Flood-prone Coastal Area Overturned (24/12/07 - P)  Court says Minister failed to consider climate change and ecologically sustainable development (ESD) issues

 

Real Estate Burn Out

Climate Change:  Real Estate Burn Out? (7/8/07 - E)  Anyone else noticed how many photos advertising property sales these days have every light in the house on?

 

Rob Gell

Rob Gell And "Implications of Climate Change" Is Coming Back To Macedon Ranges 23 February (17/2/07 - E)  Bullengarook Landcare are doing it again - don't miss it!

"Implications Of Climate Change" - Rob Gell Is Coming To Bullengarook Landcare November 10 (24/9/06 - E) 'Climate change impacts will present challenges for Australia's natural environment, economy and society'.

 

Stern

New Book "A Blueprint For A Safer Planet" (30/5/09 - E)  Economist Lord Nicholas Stern (of "Stern Report" fame) goes a step further.

 

Story of Stuff

Totally Brilliant:  The Story Of Stuff (11/12/07 - E)  Don't Miss It!

 

Suzuki

2007 Sir John Quick Bendigo Lecture - 12.30pm Thursday 25 October (RSVP Essential) (20/9/07 - E)  Oooeee!!!  If you know who David Suzuki is, you will be interested in this...  "Can We Avoid the Looming Ecological Armageddon?"

 

Swindle

Climate Change:  The "Swindle" Debate, Thursday 12 July  (Today) (12/7/07 - E)  You are challenged to view, and question this 'documentary' (ABC, Channel 2 at 8.30pm)

 

Switch Off

Join THE BIG SWITCH OFF To Reduce Greenhouse Gases:  Can you go 48 hours without using power? (1/12/06 - E)  The Challenge: leave no environmental footprint for one weekend.

 

Transition Towns

Municipal Association of Victoria [MAV] Seems To Have Turned The Corner (30/5/09 - C)  Two rip-snorting media releases in one week 

Peak Oil And Climate Change "Transition Towns" - Do We Need Them In Oz? (21/2/09 - E)  Councils in Britain (and people all over) are getting on board, should we? 

 

Kyneton People's Climate Rally

People's Climate Rally In Kyneton 2pm Sunday 29 November (24/11/15 - E)  700 participated last year.  Meet at Piper Street, near the Campaspe River. Kyneton Rally file

 

Walk Against Warming

Walk Against Warming:  State Library Melbourne, Saturday December 12, 12 noon (11/12/09 - E)  Dress is "anything orange and anything from the 1980s" 

Walk Against Warming: 11 November, State Library, I pm (16/10/07 - E)  Help Make It HUGE

WALK AGAINST WARMING  (31/10/06 - E)  International Day of Action on Climate Change, Saturday, November 4th 2006

 

Wise Wombat

Listen To The (Wise) Wombat (17/2/07 - E)   He knows what he's talking about, even if Wombat has an American accent!   More...

 

Women and Climate Change...

Worried About Climate Change?  Want More Done?  Then Say So By Signing Up (20/11/07 - E)   Women For Urgent Action On Climate Change (WUACC) are calling for your support on this critical issue

"Women and Drought, Women and Climate Change" (15/10/07 - O)  Two special focus group sessions for women, 23 October

 

 

Coastal

 

General

Victorian Coastal Strategy 2008 Released (16/12/08 - P)   Next step should be a Macedon Ranges Strategy...

Coastal Councils' Information Forum:  Climate Change Implications For Councils On The Coast (19/11/08 - E)  Day Long Forum, Melbourne Town Hall, Friday 12 December 

Federal Reps Committee Inquiry: Climate Change and Environmental Coastal Impacts (14/4/08 - E)  Chance to get current inadequate policies changed

 

Coastal Action

Coastal Action - A Program Of Community, Science And Recognition (4/12/07 - E)  Put your toe in the water with these activities

 

Marine Coastal Community Network

Marine and Coastal Community Network's (MCCN) April WetStuff Newsletter (14/4/08 - E) Chock full of news from Australia and around the world, as well as opportunities to comment

Latest Victorian ENews From the Marine Coastal Community Network (MCCN) - March 2008 (14/4/08 - E) Your chance to catch up on the latest coastal and environmental news from around Victoria

WetStuff News (14/12/07 - E)  Latest issues from Marine Coastal Community Network

 

 

EDO

 

EDO Seminar On Federal Carbon Farming Initiative, Bendigo 20 April (13/4/11- E)  Issues paper and reminder on submissions

Environment Defenders Office [EDO] Bulletin #14 (8/8/10 - E)  Climate change, bushfires and expansion of the urban growth boundary are in the spotlight in this edition.

Environment Defenders' Office [EDO] Bulletin  (15/7/10 - E)  Learn more about what's going on in our environment... and please support EDO if you can

Environment Defenders' Office [EDO] Workshops For Community Groups (2/4/09 - E)  Workshops on VCAT Planning and Environment Appeals, Biodiversity Law and Native Vegetation currently on offer 

Environment Defenders' Office [EDO] To Hold Training Workshop 4 December In Castlemaine (19/11/08 - E) Planning and Environment Law & VCAT Appeals: Training for community members and environment groups 

Learn How To Make The Law Work For You - Environmentally Speaking!  (3/3/08 - E)  Environment Defenders' Office and Victorian Environmental Friends Network will host an Introduction To Environmental Law workshop (titled "Tilting At Windmills?") Saturday April 19.  Limited numbers.

 

 

EPA

 

What To Do And Not To Do With The Bathwater.   EPA Publication:  "Domestic Wastewater Management Series: Reuse Options for Household Wastewater" (17/2/07 - E)  This is an important document. We originally published a link to it in October 2006. Instead of archiving it, we think it's worth revisiting as we continue to live through dry - and recycling - times.    Here's what we said then "We all want to help by recycling water, but there are some fairly important things we need to know before we do it."     More...

Latest EPA News (10/8/08 - E)  Winter 2008

Summer Edition of EPA News Now Available (3/3/08 - E)  Includes EPA Publications from November 2007 to January 2008

 

 

Flood Study Gisborne  

 

Consultation begins for Gisborne Flood Study:  Public Information Session 17 May (9/5/05 - E)  Get out your flood photos!  Community input into this important study is critical

 

 

FriendsNET

 

Latest FriendsNET newsletter and events calendar (17/8/11 - E)  A great, long list of events and activities, upcoming awards and information, PLUS the latest newsletter from this energetic group. Not to be missed.

Latest FriendsNet Newsletter #71 (29/6/10 - E)  Working with local government... 

FriendsNet Newsletter, Events And Report On The VEFN Grantville Conference (11/12/09 - E) Latest from the Victorian Environmental Friends Network 

All The Latest From FriendsNET - Friends Of, That Is (21/6/09 - E) Latest FriendsNET newsletter, results of the Kookaburra Awards, as well as info on the VEFN Conference

Latest Issue of FriendsNet Newsletter PLUS Stacks Of Things You Can Be Part Of To Help Our Environment (16/12/08 - E)  Brilliant read, lots to do and to top it off, nominations are now open for VEFN "Best Friend" Awards 2009 

The "Friends Of" Network News and Events Bulletin (August to November, 2008) (10/6/08 - E)  An amazing array of things to do, places to go PLUS a newsletter - lip-smacking stuff from FriendsNET

Learn How To Make The Law Work For You - Environmentally Speaking!  (3/3/08 - E)  Environment Defenders' Office and Victorian Environmental Friends Network will host an Introduction To Environmental Law workshop (titled "Tilting At Windmills?") Saturday April 19.  Limited numbers.

Latest FriendsNET Newsletter (9/12/07 - E)  Friends Of... Everywhere

Victorian Environmental Friends Network Newsletter - The "Friends Of" Network (6/9/07 - E)  Become a 'friend', become part of a Statewide movement committed to a better environment

Upcoming Environmental Events, Opportunities and News From FriendsNET  (6/9/07 - E)  A range of excellent and interesting things you can do to help our environment - go to it!

 

 

Funding

 

AgFund

Federal Agfund (Advancing Agricultural Industries Funding).  Applications Close July 16 (29/5/07 - E)  Matching funding of up to $50,000 available for eligible producer groups and groups of producers.

 

Community Water Fund

Federal Community Water Fund Round Three Results Announced:  $773,000 for Macedon Ranges (29/10/07 - E)   Grants range from $236,000+ for Kyneton, to almost $11,000 for Lancefield

 

Landcare

LandCare Innovation Grants For Innovative Farmers Now Available (6/10/08 - E)   Applications close 22 October

Landcare-Related Funding Opportunities January - June 2008 (24/2/08 - E)  Totally brilliant!  An extra 'well done' to the generous sponsors of these wonderful funding opportunities

 

Melbourne Water

Community Grants Workshop - Help With Your Application (11/9/08 - E)   Romsey 17 September.  Don't miss it!  RSVP today

Community Grants Now Open (applications close 6 October) (31/8/08 - E)  Port Phillip CMA and Melbourne Water funding for community projects $300 -- $20,000

 

NCCMA (North Central Catchment Management Authority)

Regional Grant Opportunities Now Open!  Closes 19 October  (7/8/07 - E)  The North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) is inviting applications from individuals or community groups to source funding for natural resource management projects within the North Central CMA's region as part of the Victorian Government's Second Generation Landcare Grants Program.

 

PPWCMA (Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority)

Community Grants Workshop - Help With Your Application (11/9/08 - E)   Romsey 17 September.  Don't miss it!  RSVP today

Community Grants Now Open (applications close 6 October) (31/8/08 - E)  Port Phillip CMA and Melbourne Water funding for community projects $300 -- $20,000

 

Threatened Species Network

Next Round Of Threatened Species Network Funding Available In April (26/3/08 - E)  Get ready to go for funding

Threatened Species Network Funding - Applications Close 1st June (23/3/07 - E)  Community groups are invited to apply for up to $50,000 funding

 

 

GM Foods

 

Public Meeting On Genetically Modified Foods, Kyneton, 25 March (14/3/08 - E)  Discussion on impacts and risks from GM crops

Tell Your Politicians You Don't Want To Eat Genetically Modified Foods (30/10/07 - E)  Send an email today

Rally Tomorrow (Wednesday 31 October) Keep Ban On GM  (30/10/07 - E)  Mothers Against Genetically Modified food (MAdGE) ask you to be on the steps at parliament at 10.30am to show your support for extending the ban on GM canola crops in Victoria

 

 

Greenpeace

 

Christmas Gifts From Greenpeace (19/11/08 - E)  Definitely something 'different'...

 

 

Help The Planet

 

Alternative Shopping

Alternative Suggestions For Christmas Shopping (10/12/06 - E)  A reader sends MRRA some suggestions for environmentally-friendly shopping

 

Food Debate

Fast Food, Slow Food, No Food:  Food Politics And The Global Community (12/9/06 - E) Learn more about it at October 28/29 workshop

 

 

Humane Society

 

Humane Society International (13/7/09 - E)  Check out the latest updates on HSI campaigns.

Humane Society International Says Tell Prime Minister Rudd To Save The Reef (28/11/08 - O)  You can send a letter today

 

 

Landcare

 

Awards

 

Landcare Awards Winners Announced (11/9/08 - O)  A super well done to winners and nominees, especially those from Macedon Ranges Shire

2008 Port Philip and Westernport Landcare Awards & Celebration - Saturday 6 September 2008 (31/8/08 - E)  Fabulous free event, Federation Square.  Bus transport and childcare available too...

2008 Landcare Awards: Recognition For Those Who Make A Difference (9/6/08 - E)  Closing date for nominations extended to 20 June

2006 Landcare Award Winners Announced: Take A Bow, Newham & District Landcare (8/9/06 - E) Well Done! to all Macedon Ranges nominees

2006 Port Phillip & Western Port Landcare Celebration:  Awards Day, 2 September RSVP 30th August so go to it (13/8/06 - E)  It's fantastic!  Be a part of this day of recognizing achievers.  Make a day out of it: catch the bus, take the kids, have a free feed... and applaud what people in the community have done for our environment.  (28/8/06) UPDATE  Nominees now available - 5 nominations in Macedon Ranges  (28/8/06) UPDATE  Governor of Victoria To Present Awards

2006 Port Phillip & Western Port Landcare Celebration:  Awards Day, 2 September (13/8/06 - E)  It's fantastic!  Be a part of this day of recognizing achievers.  Make a day out of it:  catch the bus, take the kids, have a free feed... and applaud what people in the community have done for our environment.

Nominations For Landcare Awards Close June 2  JUNE 16 (25/5/06 - E)  Reminder to Landcare and associated groups  (10/6/06 - E) Date for nominations now extended.  Click here for more information

Nominations For Landcare Awards Close June 2 (25/5/06 - E)  Reminder to Landcare and associated groups

 

Events

Ashbourne Landcare

Baynton Landcare

Bullengarook Landcare

Clarkefield Landcare

Langley Landcare

Malmsbury Landcare

Newham Landcare

Sheepwash Creek

Woodend Landcare

 

Landcare News

 

Landcare Australia Landlink Bulletin September 2011 (23/9/11 - E)  Events, news, information, competitions 

Woodend Landcare (17/10/12 - E)  Come and plant one tree or twenty, Sunday 21 October

Landcare Australia Presents A Fresh Face (22/5/10 - E)  Catch up on Landcare's 'brand makeover' and all the latest news 

Landcare Program Crumbles As Federal Government Withdraws Funding (21/8/09 - E)  Jobs to go in the Macedon Ranges region 

Maribyrnong Catchment LandCare E-Bulletin: September 2009 (17/9/09 - E)  Last email and a farewell message from John Robinson  

Victorian Landcare Council (VLC) Formed (21/2/09 - E)  New body to co-ordinate and increase Landcare activities

Clarkefield Landcare Autumn Planting Day May 9 (25/4/09 - E)  You are invited to come along...

Go Environment:  Upcoming Events (18/10/08 - E)   Some great events - enjoyable and educational

Spectacular New Landcare Calendar of Events In October For The Werribee Catchment (14/10/08 - E)   Make a cuppa, then settle down to enjoy

Revegetation Days With Baynton Sidonia Landcare - June, July & August (13/6/08 - E)  Don't miss the August direct seeding demo, either!

Victorian Landcare Forum, Creswick  29 and 30 May (22/4/08 - E)  A two day (overnight) forum chock full of stories from the regions, plenary session, keynote speakers, and social activities.  And just a stunning $25 all up for volunteers & community group members for 2 unmissable days of, what else - Landcare!!!

Bullengarook Landcare:  How You Can Improve Water Usage (22/4/08 - E)  Learn about how we can all make our water go further - 16 May.  Not to be missed!

"What Tree Is That?" Bus Trip  3 May (1/5/08 - E)  Baynton Landcare uncorks a ripper event...

Clarkefield Farm/Land Care Group Need You!  12 April Tree Planting  (28/3/08 - E) Sausage sizzle + crowd + tree planting = a great way to spend time, and help our environment.  All aboard!

Grrrrassy Weeds Field Day, Langley & Baynton-Sidonia Landcare  27 October (RSVP 23rd) (11/10/07 - E)  Texas Needle Grass, Chilean Needle Grass and Serrated Tussock identification and management

 Woodend Five Mile Creek Planting Day, and Field Day  14 and 21 October (respectively) (11/10/07 - E)   You can help out, and find out, over two easy weeks

Lauriston Nature Conservation Reserve Walk  14 October (11/10/07 - E)  With a gorse cutting demonstration tossed in for free as well, AND a BBQ - what more could you ask for?

Baynton Sidonia Landcare:  AGM, Lunch and Guest Speaker Paul Haw 23 September(22/8/07 - E)  How To Value The Environment

Rally Around Langley Landcare: "Tackling Water Quality Issues"  16 September (6/9/07 - E)  A Snipes Creek (Kyneton) planting event - and free BBQ.  Everyone welcome...

Landcare's Special Events Calendar for June to August 2007 (13/6/07 - E)  Events, training, input, Landcare awards, resources... It goes on and wonderfully on.  Want to be part of the volunteer rain gauge operator network?  Want to know more about community water funding, stormwater management, revegetation, negotiating?  Then check out the latest super-duper Landcare happenings...

"From Willows To Wattles" Jacksons Creek Revegetation Day, July 28  (RSVP 25 July) (12/7/07 - E)  Clarkefield & District Landcare group asks: Can you help?

Landcare & Friends Forum, 19 June at Macedon (RSVP 12 June) (29/5/07 - E)  Macedon Ranges Council is sponsoring a Landcare & Friends Forum.  The Forum theme is "If we are standing still…we are falling behind”

Sheepwash Creek Landcare Celebrate 10 Years Of Achievements 25 June (21/6/07 - E)  Guest speakers, field trips - and it's all open to the public and free of charge

Landcare:  Clarkefield Tree Planting Day Saturday 23 June (21/6/07 - E)   There are only 300 trees to get in the ground, and a free BBQ is on offer for helping out.  Who could refuse?

Plant Communities Of The Macedon Ranges  June 17 (29/5/07 - E)  A 'not-to-be-missed' Sunday afternoon drive - with a big, big difference.

Ashbourne Landcare Presents "Introduction To Biodynamic" Workshop Sunday 4th March (17/2/07 - E)  Learn how to love the land and take care of it naturally and sustainably

Ashbourne Landcare Invites You To A Presentation On "How To Get  The Best Out Of Your Pastures By Getting Soil Conditions Right!" (30/9/06 - E) Jim Shovelton joins Ashbourne Landcare on Saturday October 22

 

 

Land Management

 

Absentee Owners / Caring for Country

 

Caring For Country - That's Our Country!  Fabulous New Publication About Where We Live (28/8/06 - E)  Free copies available for Macedon Ranges' residents on lots bigger than 2ha, or download from Council's website

The "Engaging Absentee Owners" Program Is A Great Idea (29/1/06 - E)  Search for information about how to improve land management practices

 

Chemicals

 

Detox Your House:  FREE Household Chemical Collection In Macedon Ranges (24/2/08 - E) & (14/4/08 - E) Clean 'em out and take them to Woodend Racecourse Reserve on April 19th

Rural Chemicals Collection Run POSTPONED (12/12/07 - E)  Registrations still being accepted but collection scheduled for December postponed until January.

Disposal of Unwanted And Obsolete Rural Chemicals Underway (4/12/07 - E)  Register now

 

Drought Management

 

Drought Relief Bulletin No. 2 (28/3/07 - C)  Details of how farmers can get help and support in tough times

Free Seminar:  "Horse Management Through Drought",  28 April In Woodend (17/4/07 - E)  Find out more about how you can cope by attending this free information session - and a free sausage sizzle

 

Farm Forestry

 

Farm Tree Landcare Association Governance Training Day 3 December (6/10/08 - E)   Free to Landcarers and VFF members

Farm Forestry Presentation At Newham,  20 September (6/9/07 - E)  Options for small acreage

 

Field Days / Open Days

 

Direct Seeding and Land Management Field Day   27 May (1/5/08 - E)  Totally brilliant field day - and it's free!

Kamarooka Field Day: "Saltbush, Lamb and Carbon" - increasing productivity from saline land  April 23 (26/3/08 - E) The Kamarooka farm forestry project won a National Landcare award*.  Here's an invitation from Northern United Forestry Group to attend a field day at the famed Kamarooka Project

Farm Forestry Field Day  10 September (6/9/07 - E)  Demonstration of pruning techniques

Land For Wildlife Open Day, Newham 14 September (6/9/07 - E)  Dr. Lindy Lumsden: native micro-bats

Cultural and Natural Heritage Field Day, 9 September (6/9/07 - E)  Part of the splendiferous Spring in the Bendigo Bush program

Farming & Land Management Expo, Whittlesea  21st April (23/3/07 - E)  Topics include benefits and pitfalls of diversification, 'it doesn't rain grass', and land management skills

 

Land Management

 

Land Management Bus Tour  29 May (16/5/09 - E)  Free event but move fast (apologies for late notice - our fault) 

Conservation and Land Management Information Session, Bendigo TAFE  October 8th (29/9/08 - E)   Information about land management training to how to get a diploma

Free Conservation and Land Management Information Session  10 October (26/9/07 - E)  Learn about the diverse courses and programs available at TAFE

Farming and Land Management Expo, Whittlesea  21st April  (23/3/07 - E)  Topics include benefits and pitfalls of diversification, 'it doesn't rain grass', and land management skills

 

Salinity

 

Kamarooka Field Day: "Saltbush, Lamb and Carbon" - increasing productivity from saline land  April 23 (26/3/08 - E) The Kamarooka farm forestry project won a National Landcare award*.  Here's an invitation from Northern United Forestry Group to attend a field day at the famed Kamarooka Project

 

VERI: Voluntary Environmental Resource Inventory

 

VERI Survey For Landowners With Properties Bigger Than 2ha (6/7/08 - E)  Caring For Country - have your two bob's worth

Council's "Voluntary Environmental Resource Inventory" (VERI).  Very Good?  Yep! (23/3/07 - E)  Macedon Ranges Council has recently introduced a program called VERI (Voluntary Environmental Resource Inventory), and is looking for community feedback on it.

 

See Weeds & Pests

 

 

Landscapes

 

A Landscape Perspective:  "Scene From The Air" Exhibition In Castlemaine Until March 12 (24/2/08 - E)  A look at landscapes - comparison photos from the 1940's and today

Norman Wettenhall Annual (Environmental) Lecture 2007:  22 November  (29/10/07 - E)  "Creating Landscape Resilience For The Long Haul"

"Landscape Restoration: Creating Long-Term Resilience" Workshop  19 October (26/9/07 - E) Norman Wettenhall Foundation and Trust For Nature present an all-day workshop at Buda  RSVP 10 October

Environmental Photography Workshops (3),   2nd to 9th September (13/6/07 - E)   Introduction and advanced nature photography (for digital and film), and all-important Photopoint Monitoring

Neville Rosengren - The Wizard Of Volcanic Landscapes - Is Coming To Town Again On September 8 (7/8/06 - P)  Don't miss it!!!

 

 

Logging

 

Call For Community Support To Save Forests Near Healesville Sanctuary  (19/8/11 - E)  Can you send a message to the Premier? 

The REAL Forest Debate - November 24  (14/11/10 - E)  Environment East Gippsland asks pollies where they stand on logging native vegetation in Victoria

State Govt Move Opens Door For Logging In Wombat and Cobaw Forests  (8/8/10 - E)  Locals fire up to save forests - again.  Call to action - join CAWFAG 

Meeting 23 July In Woodend As State Government Says "Log It"  (15/7/10 - E)  Another broken promise.  Locals gear up to fight resumption of logging in Wombat & Cobaw Forests 

Supreme Court win for Brown Mountain (Grounds For an injunction stopping the Victorian government logging old growth forests), but the East Gippsland group now must find a huge amount of money.  They need help.  (17/9/09 - O)  How just is justice?  

Victorian Government About To Decimate Victorian Forests (29/8/09 - O)  CanDoBetter asks: can you help?  

Act Now!  Call For Protection of Brown Mountain in East Gippsland's Old Growth Forests (28/11/08 - E)  Wilderness Society "Grass Roots In Suits #2":  Rally At Parliament House Steps, Tuesday 2 December 12.30pm

"Strzelecki Stomp" July 27 To Save The Forest Cores And Links (16/7/08 - P)  Come and see what is planned for this special area - the 'deal' between Hancock Victorian Plantations and the Victorian Government where the community was excluded from the final negotiations.

Wilderness Society Calls For Urgent Action Over Logging Of Styx Forest In Tasmania (14/12/07 - E)  Send an email today asking for sanity to prevail

 

 

Native Vegetation

 

Bendigo Bush

 

Cultural and Natural Heritage Field Day, 9 September (6/9/07 - E)  Part of the splendiferous Spring in the Bendigo Bush program

Spring Into The "Spring In The Bendigo Bush - Bush In Your Backyard" Program (6/9/07 - E)  A more detailed (and prettier) description of some truly mouth-watering events to help you get to know and love our bush.  This program runs for a month, and it's spectacular.  There's plenty for the kids as well as grown-ups.  You owe it to yourself to not miss a moment of it.

Spring Into The "Spring In The Bendigo Bush - Bush In Your Backyard" Program (22/8/07 - E)  A brilliant month-long series of events kicks off with Wattle Day 1 September (Hargreaves Mall)

 

Box Ironbark

 

Box Ironbark Ecology Course:  3 Day Course Runs 29 Oct to 2 Nov at Nagambie (29/5/07 - E)  This is serious study, and places are limited to 30.  The course "emphasises ecological understanding and relationships and techniques that improve observation and data collection skills which can then be applied to other areas".

Your Chance To Comment On Fire Management Regimes In Box Ironbark Ecosystems (22/6/07 - E)  Send submission to NCCMA by July 11

 

Bush Heritage

 

Bush Heritage Australia Says Win A Trip For Two To The Galapagos Islands (19/11/09- E)  Celebrating 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.

Bush Heritage Australia (13/7/09 - E)  Take a moment to get out of the city and escape to the bush 

 

Environment - Macedon Ranges

 

Plant Communities Of The Macedon Ranges  June 17 (29/5/07 - E)  A 'not-to-be-missed' Sunday afternoon drive - with a big, big difference.

 

Environment - Other Places

 

Open Day - Holden Flora and Fauna Reserve, Sunbury (21/2/09 - E)  Sunday 5 April 

Aust. National Plant Conservation Conference - Our Declining Flora: Tackling The Threats (20/9/07 - E)  First notice & call for papers and workshop topics by 15 February 2008

 

Environment Victoria

 

Environment Victoria's June 2007 Native Vegetation Update (13/6/07 - E)  And the latest E-Bulletin from VICTORIA NATURALLY, a new alliance of conservation groups looking out for our precious environment.

 

Fungi

 

Fungi Ecology Workshop  10 & 11 June (29/5/07 - E)  There's a lot of fungi around at the moment. This workshop looks at fungi and its role in ecology

A Season Of Autumn Fungi Seminars, Workshops & Feasts (9/4/07 - E)  Instead of being treated like a mushroom - learn more about 'em!

 

Greening Australia

 

Habitat Conservation and Management Course 2008 (24/2/08 - E)  Greening Australia's famed bushland management course to run again in 2008 (August to November).

 

Native Grasses

 

Grassy Groundcover Research Project Field Days September 28/29, October 23 (13/8/06 - E)  Field Days (Hamilton and Minyip), and a Forum In The Fields (Bendigo).  Learn more about native grasslands...

Grassy Groundcover Research Seminar and Technical Seed Training Session  5th May (8/4/06 - E)  Options for native grassland ecosystems on farm land

March 17th Forum On Native Grasses (5/3/06 - E)  Learn how to "Know and Grow" Native Grasses

 

Native Vegetation Framework

 

Victorian National Parks Association Newsletter Says Numberplates Won't Save 'Karak'  (5/4/06 - E)  "The Bracks government  continues to kill our native plants and animals by failing to deliver its promise of a 'net gain' in Victoria's native vegetation."

Environment Victoria Calls For Help On Loss Of Native Vegetation Protection (28/3/06 - E)  Tell your State MP government's roll back of protection, buckling to developers, is not acceptable

Bracks Government Sells Out On Native Vegetation Protection (18/3/06 - E)  Goodbye remnant vegetation and native wildlife, hello bricks and concrete: new "BushBrokers" scheme and changes to State planning policy are set to break the bush - government gives green light for developers to 'knock it down'

Environment Victoria Renews Calls for Submissions to Save the Native Vegetation Framework and Guidelines (1/11/05 - E)  EV meeting with Environment Minister Thwaites:  Framework Guidelines to be 'simplified'

Make A Submission Calling For The Bracks Government To Not Ditch Native Vegetation Framework Guidelines (24/10/05 - P)  Is the government really fair dinkum on sustainability, or is it just playing at protection?

Outcomes of Native Vegetation Summit Last Sunday (7/10/05 - E)  Urgent Action Needed: Help Environment Victoria Help Victoria's Native Vegetation

Emergency Summit Called On Native Vegetation Framework Guidelines: Sunday 2 October, 11.00am - 3.00pm (29/9/05 - P)  The State government is stalling on introducing the guidelines and there are fears the government will buckle to developer pressure and weaken standards for protecting native vegetation if people who care don't speak out now  UPDATE (1/10/05 - P):  Agenda & directions now available

 

Native Vegetation - Trees

 

River Red Gums

 

River Red Gum Forests Investigation Report Released (28/7/08 - E)  Download from Victorian Environmental Assessment Council [VEAC] site now

Support Environment Victoria's Healthy Rivers Campaign: Please... Say YES to a drink for River Red Gums on the brink!  (17/9/07 - E)  75% of Red Gums on the lower Victorian Murray River floodplain have been assessed as stressed, dead or dying...  You can show your support by sending an online submission or comment to VEAC, or by making a written submission by October 8.  Spread the word.

 

Sheokes

Two Great Events On Native Vegetation (26/5/08 - E)  Sheokes, and Seed Production  5 & 6 June

 

Schone Scholtz Clean Up Day

 

Clean Up... Riddells Creek High Quality Conservation Area (31/1/06 - E)  It will help Clean Up Australia too!

 

Seeds

 

Two Great Events On Native Vegetation (26/5/08 - E)  Sheokes, and Seed Production  5 & 6 June

Landcare:  Ballarat Region Seed Bank:  Seeds Now Available  (8/4/06 - E)   Servicing North Central, Corangamite and parts of Glenelg-Hopkins and Port Phillip catchments

 

Sustainable Gardens

 

Open Gardens & Sustainable Gardening Expo In Riddells Creek Sunday 8 October (30/9/06 - E)  A great day for anyone who loves anything about gardens (their own and other people's!), native vegetation, greywater and water-wise gardening...  There's a free booklet on offer to boot so put this in your diary

Growing Sustainable Gardens in Riddell:  The Good, The Bad and the Noxious (11/11/05 - E)  If you've got a 'thing' about weeds, or you just want to find out lots more, don't miss this on November 12th!

 

Tree Planting

 

Clarkefield Farm/Land Care Group Need You!  12 April Tree Planting (28/3/08 - E) Sausage sizzle + crowd + tree planting = a great way to spend time, and help our environment.  All aboard!

"From Willows To Wattles" Jacksons Creek Revegetation Day, July 28  (RSVP 25 July) (12/7/07 - E)  Clarkefield & District Landcare group asks: Can you help?

Landcare:  Clarkefield Tree Planting Day Saturday 23 June (21/6/07 - E)   There are only 300 trees to get in the ground, and a free BBQ is on offer for helping out.  Who could refuse?

Tylden Landcare River Planting Project Day 2006, Sunday 8th October (24/9/06 - E) Join Tylden Landcare Group & Tylden Primary School to help replant native vegetation along the Little Coliban River

Clarkefield Landcare: Maribyrnong Planting Day May 27 (9/5/06 - E) The hard work's already been done, so they are calling this the 'fun part' - yeehaa!

 

Wildflowers

 

Brisbane Ranges Wildflower Show, Sunday 9 October, Anakie - The FULL Day Out! (23/9/11 - E)  Wildflower displays, native plant and book sales, workshops on macro photography and orchid identification, information on pest plants and animals, and native wildlife, guided bus tours - IT HAS THE LOT! 

Brisbane Ranges Wildflower Show  (17/9/09 - E)  Sunday 11 October  

Hume Wildflower Walk  Sunday 19 Oct (6/10/08 - E)  Meet at the Evans Street Wildflower Grasslands Information Centre

Flora Walk In The Pyrete State Park  October 12th (6/10/08 - E)   Bullengarook LandCare are doing it again, with the Ballarat Field Naturalists.  Magnificent opportunity, not to be missed.

Geraniums Of Riddells Creek  3rd October (29/9/08 - E)   A free workshop AND a walk - guest speaker Geoff Carr

Wildflower Walk, Macedon  October 5th (29/9/08 - E)  Emphasis on grasses.  Also Macedon Cemetery.  Don't miss it!   RSVP by October 2

Barringo Wildflower Walk: Wildflowers, Grass Trees, Views - And Scones!  28 Oct (11/10/07 - E)  If you haven't done this, do it - you (and the kids) will absolutely love it.  Guaranteed.

Terrick Terrick Field Day - Victorian Wildflower Spectacular  23rd September (22/8/07 - E)  Be prepared to be so very pleasantly surprised at what's in your own backyard.

Take A Walk Through Our Bush With Native Wild Flowers Blazing (1/10/05 - E)  October 8th - right here in Macedon Ranges!

 

Woodland Web

 

The Woodland Web (12/7/06 - E)  Attention devotees of protecting and restoring grassy woodlands, or just people interested in helping keep something for future generations:  'The Woodlands Web'  website will enchant you

 

 

State of the Environment

 

Damning State Of The Environment Report For Victoria:  Change Your Ways Before It's Too Late (10/12/08 - E)  Blind Freddy could have seen this coming after the Victorian government's chillingly opportunistic response to Land and Biodiversity in a time of Climate Change paper

 

Stormwater

 

Get Savvy About Stormwater!  (31/10/06 - E)  Stormwater Industry Association of Victoria [SIAV] invites you to join in

 

 

Sustainability

 

Get Aboard 'Green Thumb Fridays' - Macedon Ranges' Sustainability Group (6/10/08 - E)  Help with the Woodend permaculture garden on Green Thumb Fridays (October to December) or Sunday working bees 

Sign The Petition To Get Australia Moving On Solar Feed In Tariffs (21/6/09 - E)  Please think about signing this petition ASAP

Save Water, Save Energy Expo 17 - 19 October (15/10/08 - E)   Pretty much everything you need to know to do our environment, and yourself, some big favours.  Check it out!

Sustainable House Open Day - Saturday 13 September (tomorrow!) (12/9/08 - E)  Tour of sustainable housing

Tour Of Eco Houses In Macedon Ranges  20 July (19/7/08 - E)  You will have to move quickly to get aboard this one

California Has BALLS:  It's Pretty Simple - No Water, No Development!!! (9/6/08 - E)  Ooohh, would that we did... How soon can Arnie make it to Victoria?

Retro-fitting Your House For Thermal Efficiency - 21 June (2/6/08 - E)  Newham Landcare presents... another winner of an event.  Go along and listen to Lyn and Maurice Beinat's expert advice.

Can I Be Paid For Nature?  Free Seminars In Port Phillip Catchment, June 21, 28 (2/6/08 - SG)  Register by a week before each seminar

"Raped Environment Led Polluters On, Defense Attorneys Argue" - Joke Or Reality?  (24/2/08 - E)  While intended to be a gag, in 2008 this 1998 spoof has a eerie ring of truth and familiarity to it - haven't we all heard  similarly outrageous and disgusting excuses being used to justify wholesale environmental slaughter... don't the words 'dredging' and 'desal' come to mind?  

Riddells Creek Sustainable Living & Alternative House Expo 2008  (28/3/08 - E)  If you think the Three Little Pigs had it wrong, now is your chance to test your theory!

Sustainability:  "Movies That Matter" (4/12/07 - E, Update 24/2/08)  Informative? Entertaining? Shocking?  Be there and judge for yourself...

Sustainable Population Australia [SPA] December Newsletter (9/12/07 - E)   Always a brilliant read

Save Water, Save Energy Expo 19 - 21 October (15/10/07 - E)  If you liked Carbon Cops, you'll love this!  There's a local 'flavour' too as Gisborne's ecoMaster will be there as an exhibitor, is providing one of the speakers, and has alerted us to a special 'pre-expo' on-line ticket price offer as well

Win Tickets To Renewable Energy and Regional Australia Conference! (8/9/07 - E)  ABC Radio Central Victoria (91.1FM) is offering 10 free tickets to the conference to be held in Bendigo on Monday 17, Tuesday 18 September

The Serious Version: Seventeen (And Other) Laws Relating To Sustainability  (22/8/07 - E)  Tired of the word 'sustainability' being thrown around like confetti?  Then check this out: "The laws . . . that follow are offered in order to define the term "sustainability," which must be understood to mean, "for many millennia"."  

Sustainable Living Festival Is On At Federation Square 16 - 18 February (17/2/07 - E)   Accelerating The Uptake Of Sustainable Living

Sustainability In Action (29/9/05 - P) "Cut Your Energy Bills" Display and Workshop, starts 12 October in Woodend

Sustainability Forum 29 August (27/7/05 - P) Have your say on Macedon Ranges' future

 

Kyneton Transition Hub

Kyneton Transition Hub Events (17/10/12 - E)  Training for Transition, composting, In Transition 2 movie

Kyneton Transition Hub (17/10/12 - E)  "Training For Transition"  20-21 October

Kyneton Transition Hub November Newsletter (13/11/11 - E)  Latest news, upcoming events and dates to remember... 

Kyneton Transition Hub - Second Newsletter  (7/10/11 - E)  Film Session "In Transition" October 16 

First 'Kyneton Transition Hub' Newsletter...  (23/9/11 - E)  Introducing a new sustainability group, this time in Kyneton 

 

 

Toxic WasteHattah Nowingi

 

Toxic Dump At Hattah Nowingi:  Save The Food Bowl Alliance Says State Government Has Double Standards on Carbon Sinks and Sequestration (19/8/06 - E)  "Yes, we have no bananas" scenario as State supports sequestration but wants toxic waste dump that takes sequestration backwards

Hattah Nowingi Bulletin (16/7/06 - E)  Latest toxic waste dump news from Mildura

Hattah Nowingi Toxic Dump:  Mildura Council Calls Extraordinary Calder Mayors' Summit Last Weekend (20/6/06 - E)  No certainty over whether toxic waste will be transported by road - or rail

Hattah Nowingi Toxic Dump: Locals Going Victoria-Wide On Denial Of Natural Justice (30/5/06 - E) EES Social Impact Study finds locals feel disenfranchised by not being included in processes

Calder Residents' "Submission Kits" for Hattah Nowingi Toxic Waste Dump EES (10/12/05 - SG)  Available from Independent MP Dianne Hadden's office UPDATE (14/12/05): Submissions close 16/12/05

Independent MLC Dianne Hadden Calls On Communities To Make Submissions on Hattah-Nowingi Toxic Waste Dump EES (24/10/05 - E)  Time to make submissions extended

Toxic Waste EES In Short Supply (12/10/05 - E)  Locals say it's hard to comment without one

UPDATE 2:  EES Report gives Hattah-Nowingi the go-ahead (7/10/05 - E)  Report already described as "Codswollop"

Calder 'No Toxic Waste' Campaign (7/10/05 - E) Environment Effects Statement (EES) for Hattah/Nowingi Site To Be Released Today

‘Calder ‘No Toxic Waste’ Campaign (7/10/05 – E) Environment Effects Statement (EES) for Hattah/Nowingi Site To Be Released Today UPDATE 1 (7/10/05 - E) Reaction to EES is Protest

Calder 'No Toxic Waste' Campaign (7/10/05 - E) Environment Effects Statement for Hattah/Nowingi Site To Be Released Today

Country Jobs Don't Matter (8/9/05 - E)  Silent Vigil On Parliament House Steps Mourns Toxic Waste Job Losses

No Toxic Waste Dump Campaign:  Mildura Rural City Applies for Federal Funding (31/8/05 - E) Threatened Species' Network Funding

No Toxic Waste Dump Campaign: Call For 300 People To Attend 8th September Rally At Parliament House (31/8/05 - E)  Silent vigil to mourn job losses in Mildura region if the Hattah-Nowingi toxic dump goes ahead

What Price A Toxic Waste Dump? (26/8/05 - E)  $40 million plus agricultural and tourism losses are latest shock

"No Toxic Calder" Bulletin No. 6 Now Out (15/8/05 - E)  The latest No Toxic Calder Bulletin has been placed on the Mildura Rural City Council website.

"No Toxic Calder" Captures Imagination of Schoolchildren - Latest from Rural City of Mildura (15/8/05 - E)  Winners of the Toxic Monster Art Competition are being asked to come forward to accept their prizes this week

No Toxic Waste Roadshow Rolls Into Ballarat August 5th (31/7/05 - E)  Marginal seats campaign continues

No Toxic Waste Campaign (18/7/05 - E)  Upcoming performance in Melbourne

Latest News from Mildura City Council re Toxic Waste Dump (14/7/05 - E)  Sunraysia Daily says "Government has no toxic waste reduction target"

Latest Toxic Waste Bulletin (8/7/05 - E)  Now available from City of Mildura Website

No Toxic Waste Campaign Celebration (8/7/05 - E)  Mildura Rural City Council notice of celebration of first anniversary of campaign

Toxic Waste To Be 'Wrapped Safely' In Concrete (3/7/05 - E)  Ah, that makes us feel better...  Or does it?

Macedon Ranges' Councillors Henry Bleeck, Marty Evans and Helen Relph Support Shipping Toxic Waste Through Shire (31/5/05 - E)  Not dangerous, proposal just not 'sold' well by government.

Toxic Waste: Public Meeting 16th June In Gisborne (2/6/05 - E)  Rural City of Mildura and The Save The Food Bowl Alliance welcome members of the public to attend Gisborne information session.

Toxic Waste - Will It Make It Through Macedon Ranges? (9/5/05 - E)  Nothing is safe on black ice.

 

 

VEAC - Victorian Environmental Assessment Council

 

VEAC Report On Investigation Into Metro Public Land Available (17/8/11 - E)  Report marks the end of VEAC's role.  Now it's over to the State government...

Victorian Environmental Assessment Council [VEAC] Releases "Metropolitan Melbourne Investigation" Discussion Paper (2/11/10 - P)  Includes public land use, contribution to liveability, enhancement of biodiversity.  Submissions invited until December 20 www.veac.vic.gov.au  

Update from Victorian Environmental Assessment Council [VEAC] (15/7/10 - E)  More details on meetings and submissions for Remnant Native Vegetation Investigation Discussion Paper 

VEAC Releases Discussion Paper On Remnant Native Vegetation, Asks For Submissions By 30 August (29/6/10 - E)  This could be the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council's last report, as the Brumby government moves to dissolve VEAC, so don't miss this opportunity to comment 

 

 

VCEC - Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission

 

Inquiry Into Victorian Environmental Regulations Kicks Off - Submissions In By 15th October (11/9/08 - SG)  State government wants to know which environmental regulations are onerous for business, says removing red tape will better protect the environment

 

 

Victoria Naturally Alliance

 

Victoria Naturally Coalition EBulletin, March 2008 (26/3/08 - E)  Victoria Naturally launches its website:  www.victorianaturally.org.au  You can subscribe to the free ebulletin.

Our Bush - Past, Present And Future - June 11 (9/6/08 - E)  Invitation to a Victoria Naturally Alliance Forum (Book to ensure a seat)

 

 

Waste Management

 

draft Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Strategic Plan Out For Consultation (7/4/08 - E)  Submissions close 19 May

 

 

Water

 

Auditor General

 

Problems For Local And State Governments: Auditor-General's Alarming Report On Failing Septic Tanks  (23/7/06 - E)   While Victoria runs horribly short of water, according to the AG's report there's likely to be a State-wide surplus of the stuff that comes out of failing septic tanks

 

Catchments

 

Updated Guidelines For Planning Permits In Open Potable Catchments (30/5/09 - P)  Some improvements at last 

New Melbourne Water Catchment Charge In Non-Serviced Rural Areas Challenged (11/9/08 - E)  Residents express concerns and have started an on-line petition opposing the inclusion of rural areas within the metropolis and the waterway/drainage charge.

Port Phillip & Westernport CMA Report Card A Shocker For Macedon Ranges' Southerly Flowing Rivers (24/12/07 - E)  Macedon Ranges "rock bottom"

State Government Gives More Money And More Protection To Melbourne's Water Catchments (9/12/07 - E)  Keep looking boys, us country folks have drinking water catchments too and there's not a shred of protection for ours

MRRA Calls For Bipartisan Political Support To Immediately Protect Rural Land and Water Catchments  (6/9/07 - P) This isn't a political issue.  It's a survival issue.

'State Of The Catchments In The West'  Seminar 6 April (27/3/06 - E)  An excellent program is proposed - RSVP by 30th March

 

Desal Plant

 

How The Victorian Desal Plant Was Approved By Federal Environment Minister, Peter Garrett  (16/5/09 - E)  Minister gives details of assessment of impacts under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. 

Rally Against The Desal Plant  (24/4/09 - CC)  May 9th, Wonthaggi 

Rally Tomorrow (Wednesday 31 October) Desalination Plant At Wonthaggi (30/10/07 - E)  Your Water Your Say says support proper process by supporting a community demand for an Environmental Effects Statement [EES] - be at Parliament steps 12 noon

 

Fairwater (Central Victoria)

 

"Fairwater":  New Catchment and Water Management Group Formed (22/7/05 - E)  "Fairwater" - it means what it says!

 

Maude Barlow

 

Maude Barlow Addresses UN General Assembly On Water (24/4/09 - E)  Tells United Nations that water crisis poses "urgent" threat 

 

Melbourne Water

 

Jacksons Creek & Melbourne Water - A Discussion Of Activities (21/2/09 -  E)  10 March, Riddells Creek 

Bullengarook Landcare:  Guest Speaker From Melbourne Water  November 21 (6/10/08 - E)   Explanation of new Melbourne Water catchment charge

Melbourne Water Consultation Meetings On Cost Increases - What's The Big Secret?  (30/10/07 - P)  Seems you have to ring to find out where the meetings will be held!

Melbourne Water 2008 "Waterway Water Plan" Out For Consultation (Before 16 November) (15/10/07 - E)  It's only sort of about waterways - it's a lot more about price rises for residents within Melbourne Water's jurisdiction in Macedon Ranges, including a new charge for drainage and waterway services.

 

Our Water, Our Future

 

California Has BALLS:  It's Pretty Simple - No Water, No Development!!! (9/6/08 - E)  Ooohh, would that we did... How soon can Arnie make it to Victoria?

A Small (Teensy) Part Of Lake Eppalock's Water Catchment Gets Some "New" Special Protection (21/12/06 - P)  So much promised, so little delivered.  And without changes to the Victorian planning system so that damaging land use can be prohibited, is really there any point?

Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy (Final) Has Just Been Released (31/10/06 - E)  The Strategy includes parts of Macedon Ranges Shire, and you can find it on the Department of Sustainability and Environment website.

Draft Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy Out For Comment Until 23 June (9/5/06 - E)  Proposed strategy for how water will be managed in the southern parts of Macedon Ranges - have your say!   (14/5/06 - E)  Is "Melbourne's Water" Set To Become "Half Of Victoria's Water" Under This Strategy?  Macedon Ranges, Werribee, Wallan, Wonthaggi and next, Woodend?  How far can Melbourne's water be taken before everyone runs out?

Water Crisis Forum In Bendigo 27th April (8/4/06 - E)  As Central Victoria dries up, Bushlinks asks: how do we get an environmentally sustainable water supply for our region?

UPDATE (15/12/05):  Submissions can now also be sent via email jillian.crawford@dse.vic.gov.au  up to 20th December and by post until 23rd December .  If your submission is likely to miss the 20th December deadline by post, contact DSE to alert them of same.  To see the Discussion Paper Fact Sheet go to www.dse.vic.gov.au then go to Land Management, then Water.  You can also find the Discussion Paper at this location.

Submissions On Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy Discussion Paper Close 20 December (10/12/05 - E)  Our Water, Our Future: Your chance to have input at an early stage

 

Rivers

 

Jacksons Creek & Melbourne Water - A Discussion Of Activities (21/2/09 -  E)  10 March, Riddells Creek 

Water Watch Training, Maribyrnong Catchment  November 23 (14/11/08 - E)  Free training on matters of river health - no previous experience necessary!  Excellent opportunity to learn how to give a little something back to the environment.

"Down By The Riverside" with Jim Rutherfurd  July 25 (19/7/08 - E)  Newham Landcare does it again with another not-to-be-missed evening.

Public Land Consultancy Report "A Review of the Management of Riparian Land In Victoria" Released (24/6/08 - E)  Recommends a series of reforms to riparian governance

Two Day "River First Aid" Stream Management and Restoration Course In Bolinda, 12 and 19 April (28/3/08 - E)  A Greening Australia and Melbourne Water initiative, the course is free but spaces are definitely limited.

"Making Connections" Waterways Management Forum, Sunbury 8 April (31/3/08 - E)  Protecting waterways event for Maribyrnong Catchment.  Hurry, registrations close 1 April

Environment Victoria Says Save Melbourne's Rivers : Leave some water for our precious environment... (5/3/06 - E)  Macedon Ranges says: Us too!

Healthy Rivers:  Call For Minister For Environment To "Go With The Flow" (1/3/06 - E)  Support Environment Victoria in getting the message across by sending the Minister an easy email today

 

Storages

 

How Low Can They Go?  Where Is The Water Going To Come From This Summer...  (31/8/08 - E)  Rural water storages currently below what they were this time last year

Yep, It Has Rained But The Signs Aren't Good For Gardens Or Drinking Water Supplies Next Summer(7/8/07 - E)  Scratch the surface, and it's still 'dry as chips'

 

Toxic Algal Bloom

 

Northern Drinking Water Reservoirs Fall Victim To Toxic Algal Bloom (31/5/05 - E)  Lake Eppalock amongst those out of commission.

 

Water Usage

 

Bullengarook Landcare:  Guest Speaker From Melbourne Water  November 21 (6/10/08 - E)   Explanation of new Melbourne Water catchment charge

Bullengarook Landcare:  How You Can Improve Water Usage (22/4/08 - E)  Learn about how we can all make our water go further - 16 May.  Not to be missed!

 

Western Water

 

Water Restrictions Bite - To Various Degrees - In Macedon Ranges (12/9/06 - E)  But what's the future for Woodend and Romsey?

Western Water Announces New Water and Sewerage Charges (19/8/06 - SP)   The charges that caught MRRA's eye are the New Customer Contributions

Where Is Western Water's Newly Declared Macedon Sewerage District Taking Us? (16/7/06 - SP)  Side-steps Statement of Planning Policy No. 8 to set a very different agenda for future development

Western Water Thumbs Its Nose At Woodend And Lancefield: No Meeting On Water Supply Options (3/7/06 - SP)  Consultation limited to meeting in Romsey.

Moves To Roll Out Melbourne Water To Woodend, Romsey and Lancefield Begin? (23/5/06 - SP)   Western Water announces "Water Review" program for these towns - short-list of options being prepared

Macedon Ranges Connected to Melbourne's Water Supply  (19/4/06 - P)  Are the gates now open for unlimited development?

Do We Need Melbourne Water? (21/3/05 - SG) With Rosslynne Reservoir at its highest level in several years, is spending millions to connect to Melbourne Water still justified?

 

 

Weeds & Pests

 

Council Weed Strategy

 

Council Weed Strategy Out For Consultation Until 25 September (29/8/09 - E)  Public Information Session on 15th September

Check Out Council's Draft Weed Strategy (31/3/05 - C)

 

Feral Herald

 

"Feral Herald":  Newsletter of the Invasive Species Council, Australia (13/6/07 - E)  Ants, creepers and "slime" that looks like wet toilet paper are just a few of the worries Australia has to deal with if it is to avoid a feral future...

 

Langley Landcare Needlegrass

Weeds You Need To Know About ! (1/12/06 - E)  Langley Landcare:  Learn how to identify and control Serrated Tussock, Chilean Needlegrass and Texan Needlegrass.  St Paul's Park, Piper street, Kyneton 9th December

 

Needlegrass

Chilean Needle Grass Field Day,  28 November (10/11/07 - E)  DPI presents Grazing Management and Biodiversity Impact Projects: see CNG management in action

 

Pests

 

May Is RabbitScan Month  (24/4/09 - E)  National Rabbit Threat Mapping And Awareness Campaign 

1080 Pest Animal Baits: A New System, and New Requirements  (7/8/07 - E) New system for purchase and use of 1080 pest animal bait products in Victoria

Best Practice Pest Animal Management - Newham Landcare Group,  20 July (12/7/07 - E)  Tim Bloomfield to talk on pests - like really pesty foxes and rabbits

 

Serrated Tussock

 

Serrated Tussock Identification and Control Field Day 8th July (14/6/06 - E)  Free BBQ, crisp weather, free information, free expertise, a warm welcome - what more could you possibly want?  Here's another excellent State government and Council initiative where anyone can learn more about practical ways to help our environment - and have fun doing it.  Get on board!

 

Weedbusters

Coooeee!  Calling All Weedbusters - Nominations For Weedbuster Awards Open (20/9/07 - E)  Nominations close Friday 28 September, so get nominating

 

Weed Management Guidelines

 

New Weed Management Guides Available (14/10/08 - E)  "We need to actively manage weed threats now as a fundamental part of our response to climate change"  

 

Weeds of National Significance

 

Weeds of National Significance Website (27/3/06 - E)  Want to know more about weeds like gorse and blackberry?  Check this website: www.weeds.org.au

 

Willows

 

Free Willow Mulch In Gisborne (14/3/08 - E)   Be quick

 

Woody Weeds

 

The "Woody Weeds Are Shakin' In Their Roots" Show Rolls Out At Baynton 24th March (20/3/07 - E)  A rootin' tootin' Woody Weed Control Field Day - don't dare miss it!

 

Wildlife

 

Bats

 

An Exciting Evening With Bats, Right Here At Hanging Rock on March 15 (24/2/08 - E)  On your bikes people, this is your opportunity to learn more about where we live, from an expert.

Call For Help In NSW:  Bats = Biodiversity (11/12/07 - E)  Victorian Advocates For Animals ask for support to stop vulnerable species cull

 

Birds

 

Latest "Swifts Across The Strait" Newsletter - Swift Parrots, That Is (1/5/08 - E)  This fantastic newsletter is always a 'must see'...

Swift Parrots Desperately Need Your Help (6/10/08 - E)  Tasmanian habitat of significant, endangered species about to be cleared for plantations

2008 Endangered Bird Species Surveys - Can You Help? (1/5/08 - E) Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot survey weekends, May and August

Latest News On Victoria's Grey-Crowned Babbler Project (29/5/07 - E)  Babbler Newsletter

Latest edition of the Swift Parrot newsletter: "Swifts across the straight"  (29/5/07 - E)  Fantastic newsletter (12 pages!), talking about these endangered birds and what people are doing to help them survive.  Includes a list of upcoming events.

Australian Wildlife Conservancy Calls For Volunteers for Scotia Bird Surveys (12/7/07 - E)   Surveys from 9 to 30 September: does this sound like you?

Threatened Bird Network Alert (7/8/07 - E) Volunteers needed for Box-Ironbark research project - Monitoring Bird Species

National Swift Parrot Survey Is On Again, 4 & 5 August (12/7/07 - E)  Download the survey sheet to record your sightings

"Birds Australia" Are Running Free Lectures (17/4/07 - E)  Fire management in National and State parks, Hooded Plover and Superb Parrot are on the agenda

 

Cats

 

Wildlife Victoria Asks For Help :  "Oppose Importation of Savannah (Super) Cats" (24/6/08 - E)  Comments to Federal Government by July 17

 

Ducks

 

Coalition Against Duck Shooting Asks For Your Urgent Help (10/12/08 - P)  Send a message to Premier Brumby today  www.saveourwaterbirds.org

Coalition Against Duck Shooting Calls For Urgent Help To Save Gippsland Swans (10/8/08 - E)  Send a message now to stop this senseless killing

Queensland Bans Duck Shooting (16/8/05 - E)  Victoria falls further behind in environmental stakes as promised duck shooting ban still not in place

 

Flying Foxes

 

Call For Support To "Ban The Inhumane Shooting Of Flying Foxes In NSW" (6/10/08 - E)  On-Line Petition

 

Frogs

 

Bibron's Toadlets Are Currently Active In The Goldfields Bioregion!  (29/5/07 - E)  Read on if you want to know much much more about these threatened creatures.  As they say in these circles, happy frogging!

Melbourne Water's Frog Census-Helping Understand Our Local Environment (30/9/06 - E) Volunteers needed, information session in Riddells Creek October 15

"Fabulous Frogs" Workshop May 20 (9/5/06 - E) Greening Australia invites you to learn more about Victoria's frogs - and it's free

 

Kangaroos

 

Sign The Petition (17/10/12 - E)  Opposition to commercial kangaroo culling 

Sign The Petition To Stop Joeys Dying (30/10/09 - E)  Help ban kangaroo products in the EU 

Send A Message To The PM: Stop The Kangaroo Slaughter (3/4/09 - E)  First the Belconnen Massacre, and now thousands under threat at Majura Training Base in Canberra

UPDATE  REPRIEVE:  Belconnen Kangaroo Cull Put On Hold (7/4/08)  Call to investigate moving kangaroos 

Belconnen Kangaroos On Borrowed Time (31/3/08 - E)  Expert report says "cull", urgently.

Wildlife Protection Association of Australia: March 30 Edition of "Wildlife Bytes"  (31/3/08 - E)  Learn about current wildlife issues.  If you have an interest in native Australian wildlife, this tells you where to look if you would like to get involved with or help others care for our native animals.

Sign Up To Help Save The Belconnen Kangaroos (11/3/08 - E)  MRRA has been asked to help by publicizing an online petition  UPDATE: Expert report says 'cull'

Dismay at government-sanctioned killing of kangaroos; PROTEST at Belconnen Saturday all day starting at 9am  online petition: http://www.gopetition.com.au/petitions/save-the-belconnen-kangaroos.html"  (14/3/08 - E)  It couldn't be true the kangaroos are being killed to make way for luxury housing - could it?

 

Koalas

 

Call From Care2: Ask Prime Minister Julia Gillard To Protect Australia's Koalas (23/10/10 - O)  Please, classify koalas as Vulnerable  

Macedon Ranges' Koala Count, October 24th to 31st (10/10/09 - E)  Count the koalas on your property - easy peasey! 

 

Land For Wildlife

 

Land

Land For Wildlife Open Day, Newham 14 September (6/9/07 - E)  Dr. Lindy Lumsden: native micro-bats

 For Wildlife Open Property, Leanganook (3/3/08 - E)  Free conservation management day 30 March 2008.  Limited numbers so be quick

 

Moths

 

Striated Sun Moths Fly Again (24/12/07 - E)   Info on threatened species

 

Seals

 

Sign The On-line Petition Calling For Canada To Not Kill 220,000 Seals  (15/7/10 - E)   Help stop the Sable Island bloodbath planned by the Canadian government 

Humane Society International Says Help Stop Canada's Cruel Seal Hunt (10/10/09 - E)  Boycott Canadian seafood 

Humane Society Update:  European Union Votes To Ban Baby Fur Seal Trade  (28/7/08 - E)  Sign the online petition to show your support for stopping this horrible killing

International Petition:  Sign On To Save The Baby Seals (22/4/08 - E)  The Humane Society International is running a petition to the European Union to ban the trade in seal products

 

Whales

 

You Are Invited To A Whale Watch!  (15/7/10 - E)  Bass Coast Whale Watch is on 25 July at Williamsons Beach - help record sightings to get these magnificent creatures recognized 

Greenpeace:  Free The Tokyo Two - Put Whaling On Trial (16/12/08 - E)  Sign the petition

Humane Society International Appeals For Help To Stop Whaling (24/6/08 - E)  Can you help?

Save The Whales (14/12/07 - E)  Urgent call for support for a letter to go to Japanese government

Sign The Petition To Help Put An End To Whaling Slaughter  (6/9/07 - E)  One million signatures needed - only 390,482 received.  Please do your bit by signing up today Go to www.whalesrevenge.com

 Sea Shepherd's Ship Farley Mowat Coming to Melbourne 26th July (23/7/06 - E)  Call for world-wide support to conserve whales

 

Wildlife Protection & Carers

 

Do You Care About How Animals Are Treated?  (29/5/07 - E)   Send a message to Ontario, Canada asking for better standards about how animals are kept, including Tyson the kangaroo

Disgusting Death Of Kangaroo At Macedon (16/7/06 - E)  Shot and left for dead - at least, we wish it had been shot dead...

Kangaroo Death Scene On TV Series Not Good Enough (5/3/06 - E)  Outraged Wildlife Protectors Say 'Not Acceptable' and ask for your support

MRRA Says 'Well Done' As Council Supports Macedon Ranges' Wildlife (21/7/05 - C)  DSE Licensed Wildlife Carers Can Now Apply For $1,000 Annual Funding

 

 

Wind Turbine Facilities

 

State Government Finalizes New Rules For Wind Energy Facilities  (23/9/11 - E)  Turbines now 'off-limits' in Macedon Ranges 

MRRA Meets With MR Sustainability Group Re Wind Farm In Macedon Pine Plantation (17/8/11 - E)  A project with some big hurdles to overcome...

Big Changes To Wind Farm Decision-Making As New State Government Gives Councils Responsibility (13/4/11- E)  Amendment VC78 puts people, the environment and significant landscapes back into the decision equation 

South Australian Experience With Wind Turbines & Fires (20/11/10 - E)  Seems these fires aren't easy to put out...

Info Evening Re Windfarm Proposal At Dalrymple Rd, Gisborne, 23 November (14/11/10 - E)  Testing by Westwind P/L underway  

Draft National Wind Farm Guidelines Out For Public Comment (19/11/09 - P)  Submissions close December 16 

State Government Releases Model Permit Conditions For Wind Energy Facilities (21/2/09 - P)  For guidance only...

Planning Minister Does Say NO To EES For 34 Wind Turbines At Sidonia - Now Confirmed (14/4/08 - E)  Hmm...  Can we take that as a 'screw you, Macedon Ranges'?

Planning Minister Says No To EES For 34 Wind Turbines At Sidonia? (7/4/08 - E)   Why?

Proposal For 34 Wind Turbines In Sidonia Is Currently With Minister For Planning  (3/3/08 - P)  Plans are quietly being made to devastate some of our important conservation and landscape values - and that's just to transport the wind turbine pieces to their permanent homes!

National Code Of Practice For "Wind Farms" On The Way  (12/9/06 - E)  "Will ensure local communities have a part in the process" says Federal Environment Minister Campbell

Wind Farm On The Way In South Gisborne? (12/7/06 - P)  Are wind turbines about the invade the landscapes of Mt. Macedon?

Federal Environment Minister Moves Towards National Code For 'Windfarms' (9/5/06 - E)  Discussion Paper now out.  Don't miss your chance to have your say

Macedon Ranges Landscape Guardians Call For Expanded  Wildfire Overlays Around Wind Turbines (15/5/06 - E)  Latest MRLG Newsletter asks for your support

Council's Revised Wind Energy Policy Goes Forward (31/8/05 - E)  Minister For Planning to be asked to approve placing amendment on exhibition to include policy in planning scheme but policy available on Council's website contains an error.

Landscape Protection Rally At Parliament House and National Conference, Sunday August 14 (31/7/05 - E)  If you love our Victorian landscapes, this is something you can do.  UPDATE (7/8/05 - E)  Macedon Ranges Landscape Guardians' Press Release

Landscape Protection Rally At Parliament House and National Conference, Sunday August 14 (31/7/05 - E)  If you love our Victorian landscapes, this is something you can do.

Macedon Ranges' Landscape Guardians Ask Council To Support A "Turbine Free" Shire (22/4/05 - P)  Vandalizing irreplaceable landscapes with industrial structures makes as much sense as burning the Mona Lisa and other art masterpieces to produce energy, say Guardians...

 

 

Working Bees

 

Two Free Events At Hanging Rock (14/3/08 - E)  Rock up on March 30th (working bee) and April 19 (spotlight walk)

Your Help Wanted!  Stanley Park Working Bees - On The Mount (22/8/07 - E)  If you can pitch in, the Committee would love to see you on 23 September or 28 October

 

 

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

 

World Wildlife Fund: Orang-utan Appeal (11/7/11 - E ) WWF asks if you can donate to save rain forest habitat 

World Wildlife Fund [WWF] "Living Planet" Magazine Now Available (8/8/10 - E)   WWF reference guide for the Federal election 

Montara Oil Field Leak - World Wildlife Fund Asks For Your Help (30/10/09 - E) Can you help WWF head off a toxic disaster?

Latest Edition of World Wildlife Fund "Futuremakers" Now Available (30/5/09 - E) Latest includes Greg, saving rock wallabies and spending a night with a Gorilla family. 

World Wildlife Fund:  2 Poles + 2 Degrees = 2 Much (24/4/09 - E)  Arctic and Antarctic Alert 

Latest Edition Of World Wildlife Fund "Futuremakers" Email Bulletin (6/10/08 - E)   October celebrates 30 years of WWF in Australia - you can subscribe to receive it, for free!