Review of the Code of Practice for Timber Production,
Forests and Parks Division,
Department of Sustainability & Environment,
PO Box 500,
East Melbourne, VIC 3002
We object most strongly to the changes to the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act permitting the secretary of the Department of Sustainability & Environment to overrule the Act to enable logging of coupes under the Code of Forest Practice for increased timber production and by so doing deceive the public into believing that the Act still protects valuable old growth forest from destruction.
Letter from: Minister for Planning Office
Ms. Mary Rimington
Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League Inc.
Dear Ms. Rimington,
Thank you for your letter of 30 November 2011 regarding the recent Environment and Natural Resources Committee of Parliament Inquiry into the Environment Effects Statement Process in Victoria.
Minister of Planning,
As a long established conservation group we are very much aware of the impact large public work projects can have on the environment. We therefore support the recommendations that the Environment and Natural Resources Committee (ENRC) have produced to strengthen the EES process which at present is considered ineffective and easily politicized.
Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League
Dear Ms. Rimington,
Last year the Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League wrote a submission to the above process. Congratulations on taking the time to point out to the Parliament how the EES process in Victoria can be improved to better protect our environment. The Environment Defenders Office (EDO) also made submission and presented evidence to the Committee.
Bill Shorten MP,
Federal Labor Party,
Canberra, ACT 2600
It is pleasing to note that at last the Coalition and Greens are prepared to join in a Senate Inquiry into foreign investment and sale of agricultural farm land by forming a rural affairs and transport committee to check on how the natural interest test is applied to agricultural land and agri-businesses purchased by foreign companies and foreign sovereign funds.
Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency,
Shop 6, Parkmore Shopping Centre,
The State Liberal Government abandoned the closure of one of Australia’s dirtiest brown coal power plants thus abandoning the legislated state target of a 20% cut in carbon dioxide emissions this decade. The State Government has also embarked on an aggressive expansion of exploration licenses for the brown coal industry into some of Victoria’s most spectacular natural environments – Ninety Mile Beach, Gippsland Lakes and the Strezlecki Ranges.