The EDO has joined with a large number of other Victorian groups and organisations in calling on the government not to undermine Victoria’s native vegetation laws.

In the rush to get a Basin Plan that is politically palatable, it is easy to forget what the Water Act and Basin Plan were originally designed to achieve.

On 29 March 2012, VCAT handed down its decision on whether Dual Gas should be allowed to go ahead with a new brown-coal fired power station in the Latrobe Valley.

VCAT's decision was disappointing: it disagreed with environment groups and the Environment Protection Authority, and gave approval for Dual Gas to go ahead with a new 600 MW brown-coal fired power station.

The State Government tabled the report of the Review of the Climate Change Act 2010 (Vic), along with its response to it, in Parliament on Tuesday.


Last Wednesday the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of MyEnvironment v VicForests. MyEnvironment, a Central Highlands–based environment group, were seeking to halt logging in Toolangi forest on the basis that it was habitat to the Leadbeater's Possum – a threatened species and Victoria's faunal emblem.

The Supreme Court yesterday decided in the case of MyEnvironment Inc v VicForests that the law did not protect an area of Leadbeater's Possum habitat in Toolangi from logging by VicForests. 

We have released a submission in response to the National Human Rights Action Plan. The Action Plan forms part of a suite of human rights policy documents developed by the Australian Government in recent years which set out the status of human rights in Australia, priorities for reform, and steps to implementation.

We got some pretty great news at the EDO this week. The Victorian government announced that they will proceed with reforming the EES process - the out-dated and ineffectual system that purports to assess the environmental impacts of large projects (also called an environmental impact assessment, or 'EIA' process).

The Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke MP, is due to make a decision on whether to approve the new coal terminal at the port at Abbot Point, Queensland. The proposed coal terminal will have significant impacts on the Great Barrier Reef. It will require significant dredging.

On 28 February 2012, the Victorian Government lodged an appeal with the Federal Court against the Federal Environment Minister, challenging his recent decision to refuse approval to the Government's 'alpine grazing trial'. 


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