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Coal mine that destroyed state forest gets more NSW approval


In March 2016, we (the District Bulletin) published “Special Report: The Destruction of the Leard and threat to the Pilliga concerns everyone”. This report documented the environmental vandalism and crony politics associated with the Whitehaven coal mine established in northern NSW. The following update from The Guardian about a mine

Citizen action for endangered species


Find out what threatened plants and animals live in your electorate (and what your MP can do about it) MORE THAN 1,800 Australian plants and animals are considered at-risk of extinction, and yet protecting threatened species is almost entirely absent from the current election campaign. We’ve developed a web app, which launches

The real pest? It’s not Australia’s native dog


A RECENT MEDIA release in the names of federal ministers Hon. David Littleproud and Hon. Sussan Ley announced: “Over $800k to extend national feral animal coordinators” one of whom is the Wild Dog Management Coordinator through Australian Wool Innovation. The media release goes on to refer to its support for the

Victoria’s ‘progressive’ Labor government again greenlights bird cruelty, regional loss of tourism

Wood Duck_photo courtesy Eleanor Dilley

Despite increasing numbers of Victorians demanding an end to it, another recreational native bird shoot has been approved in Victoria, causing outrage around the state. Regional Victorians Opposed to Duck Shooting inc (RVOTDS) say the Saturday announcement seems a “pretty gutless” attempt to keep the unpopular announcement under the radar. Announced Saturday

Magpies face bleak future as heat rises with climate change


The sound of magpies warbling in the morning is synonymous with life in Australia, but Perth researchers are predicting a bleak future for the beloved species. Research conducted by associate professor Amanda Ridley and her team at the University of Western Australia has found that very hot weather is affecting the

Threatened species don’t just live in national parks

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Private landholders hold the key to retaining biodiversity Environmental research across Australia underlies this commentary and analysis by  Stephen Kearney, The University of Queensland; April Reside, The University of Queensland; James Watson, The University of Queensland; Rebecca Louise Nelson, The University of Melbourne; Rebecca Spindler, UNSW Sydney, and Vanessa Adams, University

Feds applaud NSW wildlife trade. National symbol dies for petfood and shoe leather.


NSW kangaroo exports approved despite grave concerns raised by Parliamentary Inquiry Federal environment minister, The Hon Sussan Ley, has approved another five years of commercial kangaroo exports from New South Wales without heeding critical recommendations from a recent NSW Parliamentary Inquiry relating to population counts, animal welfare, the counting of orphaned joeys and genuine consultation with Indigenous