Letter: Regent’s Park Netball Court
City of Kingston,
1230 Nepean Highway,
Dear Sir/Madam, re: Regent’s Park Netball Court.
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.
Letter: Environmental Effects Statement for Mordialloc Bypass
Minster for Planning,
We write to respectfully request that an Environmental Effects Statement be required before the 9 kilometre arterial road linking the end of Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Springvale Road in Aspendale Gardens is approved. This six lane elevated freeway will impact disastrously on the most sensitive wetland section of the Braeside Park.
Letter to the Premier, Hon. Dr. Denis Napthine – RE: Macarthur Wind Farm
Saturday 20th April 2013,
Hon. Dr. Denis Napthine,
Premier of Victoria,
Level 1, 1 Treasury Place,
Melbourne, VIC 3002
Congratulations for supporting the 140-turbine Macarthur wind farm in your electorate. I hope, as the Herald Sun reported last week that you truly believe “those opportunities should be pursued at every opportunity.”
Can you please now support households going solar by improving subsidies but also negotiating better feed-in-tariff terms, which are at the moment so low to be almost negligible. There is also a lot of inequity between those households who are trying to ‘do their bit’ because depending on when you were able to afford solar panels the feed-in tariff varies considerably.
Re: Changes to the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act
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: ENRC Inquiry into EES 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.