Letter: Regent’s Park Netball Court

Letter to:

Planning Department,
City of Kingston,
1230 Nepean Highway,
Cheltenham. 3192

Dear Sir/Madam, re: Regent’s Park Netball Court.

P-896/2017

We object to the removal of 23 trees in the coastal banksia woodland to make way for these courts when an alternatives site is available.

While acknowledging that the Arrows would prefer their own netball court it is also important that councils policy of greening Kingston by increasing tree coverage from a low 14.2% to the 30% recommended for all councils in the Metropolitan area it is vital that the 23 trees are retained.

This woodland provides a valuable passive recreation area for the majority of residents who don’t participate in active sport. A 30% green canopy coverage plays a significant role in heat reduction where there are hard surfaces such as footpaths, roads and outdoor sports grounds.

It is understood that the Arrows netball club have the option of an alternative site for the court and therefore the club would also benefit from the intact banksia woodland providing shade and relief from heat for themselves and the many local passive recreational residents now and in the future.

Yours faithfully,

Mary Rimington
Secretary MBCL

Re: Changes to the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act

Letter to:

Review of the Code of Practice for Timber Production,
Forests and Parks Division,
Department of Sustainability & Environment,
PO Box 500,
East Melbourne, VIC 3002

Dear Sir,

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.

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Letter: ENRC Inquiry into EES process in Victoria

Letter to:

Matthew Guy,
Minister of Planning,
Parliament House,
Spring Street,
Melbourne.

Dear Minister,

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.

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URGENT – ENRC Inquiry into EES process in Victoria – Environment Defenders Office

Letter to:

Mary Rimington
Secretary
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.

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Re: Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land and Water Rights

Letter to:

 

Bill Shorten MP,
Assistant Treasurer,
Federal Labor Party,
Parliament House,
Canberra, ACT 2600

Dear Sir,

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.

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Enquiry to the Climate Change Committee

Letter to:

Mark Dreyfus,
Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency,
Shop 6, Parkmore Shopping Centre,
Cheltenham Road,
Keysborough. 3173.

Dear Sir,

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.

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