Category Archives: land clearing

Urban sprawl threatens Southern Brown Bandicoots- Western Port Bay

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Ecologist- Hans Brunner: Bandicoots, the problems and the answer. My concern is the survival of bandicoots (SBB) east of Melbourne and especially within the biosphere region around Western Port Bay. This is the site where during the last twenty odd years 95 % of them were lost. The reason for the loss of the SBBs was the combination of incompetent

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“We’ve put the firestick in the wrong hands”- modern bushfire management

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Indigenous people’s deep knowledge of the bush and their use of fire to manage the land is the key to modern bushfire management.  Writer John Schauble, for The Age, (16th Feb, 2016) claims that “one of the first things English navigator James Cook noted was smoke. The immediate significance to Cook was not that this was a continent on fire,

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Petition:Protect koala habitat in an effort to better ensure koalas will not die off.

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Koalas are declining in rapid numbers because the trees where they spend a majority of their time are being quickly chopped down. Roads are being built where there were once trees, increasing the risk that the animals will be hit by cars. In addition, when houses are built in place of the trees that once covered the particular land, the

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Growling Grass Frog growls for attention as Melbourne’s growth corridors threaten annihilation

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By Sheila Newman, reprinted from Candobetter.net website. This scientific study into the endangered Growling Grass Frog was released overnight and looks at how the genetic diversity of the frog is being negatively impacted by the rapid urbanisation of Melbourne’s fringe. They were once very abundant in Victoria (so abundant that they used to feed them to the snakes the Melbourne

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Save, Protect and Rezone Tootgarook Swamp on the Mornington Peninsula

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Petition: We call on levels of government Local, State and Federal and their departments as well as Melbourne Water. The Tootgarook Swamp is the largest example left of an Shallow freshwater marsh in the Port Philip bay region, at 381 hectares it is worthy of international Ramsar protection. Much of the Tootgarook swamp is inappropriately zoned as residential, and industrial

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