Water and Waterways

Victoria the promised (mining) land

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Mining in Australia is a rogue industry that feels it can ride roughshod over the people of regional Australia. The Australian mining industry has sold out their own nation, they have picked clean the easy to get mineral deposits, they have destroyed communities and environment and have pilfered away and sent offshore the wealth of all Australians.

Will logging kill a critically endangered fish?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

In April last year the East Gippsland Galaxias was listed as Critically Endangered under the states FFG Act. Endemic to a small stretch of waterway in the Arte River system, a tributary of the Goolengook River.

The specific name aequipinnis  is from the Latin aequalis, meaning 'like' or 'same', and pinna, meaning 'fin', in reference to the almost equal size of the pectoral and pelvic fins of this species, BUT NOW …

Giant Burrowing Frog

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The threatened Giant Burrowing Frog Heleioporus australiacus is a large, cryptic amphibian from south-eastern Australia. Its known range extends from east of Walhalla in Victoria along the Great Dividing Range to Newcastle in NSW, where it has been recorded from various forested habitat types.

Valuing Victoria's Parks

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

This new government report details the ecosystem services provided by the states parks and reserves. It includes the water and carbon values, biodiversity protection, recreational benefits and employment, and loads more. If this is what a small section of Victoria’s natural areas can offer – just imagine how much more benefit we would get from protecting all natural areas from logging and exploitation.

Just one small section states that:

Health and environment studies commence in Gippsland Lakes

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Groups like the Gippsland Environment Group and environmentalists like Ross Scott and health professionals like Dr. Jo McCubbin have been raising concerns about the mercury levels in fish in the Gippsland Lakes for many years.

DELWP Media release

A study to assess mercury levels in fish of the Gippsland Lakes will commence from tomorrow, followed by a broader environmental study into the accumulation of mercury and other heavy metals in the sediment of the Lakes.

The Gippsland Lakes remain gravely ill

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Gippsland Lakes remain gravely ill. One response by the government has been the creation of a new on-line forum that asks for public comment on our Lakes management. It has the joyful title of GLEE (Gippsland Lakes E-Engagement). The concept is great and if you’re interested in having a say (currently looking at the Ramsar listing) you can register here. But some are saying it should be called ‘DESPAIR’.

Coastal environments copping it

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Two of East Gippslands most beautiful coastal areas are set to suffer serious assault this week. As Mallacoota’s most beautiful beach starts to be encased under an industrial concrete boat launch and car park, Lakes Entrance is also, once again, to be dug out to a depth that is killing the ecosystem of this Ramsar listed wetland and internationally renowned chain of coastal freshwater lakes.

Pages