The Value of Trees

Richard Adey, ABC RN, 31-8-2017 and Dr. Gregory Moore, former Principal of Burnley Horticultural College @ Mordialloc Neighbourhood House, 9-1-2018, both spoke on the same topic though on different dates and locations.

Property investors admit that a good-tree-lined street is where prices can increase up to 30%. In some cases a 10% increase in trees planted results in an increase in profits of $50,000. There would also be a decrease in energy use, and therefore a cost reduction in use of air conditioners because of the shade that trees provide for the house and surrounds.

In shady streets and roads there is a 2-4 degree heat reduction, and in some places as much as 10 degrees reduction in heat. Therefore owners of cars parked alongside a back-of-kerb bike track lined with trees would appreciate the fact that trees have not been removed. And, of course, the cyclists and pedestrians using the shared bike/walking track would also be relieved that there is a canopy of mature trees shielding them as climate change temperatures increase.

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Letter: Environmental Effects Statement for Mordialloc Bypass

Letter to:

Hon Richard,
Minster for Planning,
Parliament House,
Spring Street,
Melbourne.

Dear Minster,

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.

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Letter to the Premier, Hon. Dr. Denis Napthine – RE: Macarthur Wind Farm

Saturday 20th April 2013,
Letter to:

Hon. Dr. Denis Napthine,
Premier of Victoria,
Level 1, 1 Treasury Place,
Melbourne, VIC 3002

Dear Premier,
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.

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Mentone Foreshore Bicycle Trail (video)

As has been discussed time and again, the Kingston Council’s plan to build the foreshore bicycle trail on the cliff top is contrary to messages being brought forward by concerned residents and environmentalists.

Created by Rod Bryant of the Sandringham Bicycle Users Group.
Special thanks for Stephen for uploading.

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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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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Submission: Inquiry to EES Process in Victoria

Submission to:

Executive Officer
Environmental & Natural Resources Committee,
Parliament House,
Spring Street,
East Melbourne. VIC 3002

Dear Sir,

In responding to the invitation to make a submission to the Inquiry into the Environmental Effects Statement process in Victoria it is proposed to use as an example of a successful inquiry of an Environment Effects Statement – the Port Phillip Bay Channel Deepening Environmental Effects Statement 2004. The rigorous six weeks inquiry was conducted by an expert panel consisting of a skilled chairman and three members with years of scientific backgrounds and experience in marine and coastal management.

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