Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Environment Matters

Jess Beckerling on Woodchipping Old Growth Forest

Jess Beckerling from the West Australian Forest Alliance speaking on native logging and importance to keep them.

Time for Climate Action as 2013 Summer Hottest on Record

via WA Conservation Council

The WA Civil Society Climate Roundtable has called for action to help WA adapt to a hotter, dryer, more hostile climate, after the Bureau of Meteorology released data showing Australia has just endured its hottest summer on record, with a national average temperature of 28.6° - 1.1° above normal.

‘Western Australia has just experienced the most extreme summer in our history’, said Roundtable patron, Anglican Bishop Tom Wilmot.

Labor’s forest policy would help secure jobs and protect wildlife

via WA Conversation Council

Western Australia’s peak conservation group has welcomed commitments to overhaul the native forest logging industry from Labor Leader Mark McGowan.

Conservation Council director Piers Verstegen said “Labor’s forest policy recognises that the current logging industry is not sustainable, and needs a complete overhaul to protect jobs and prevent wildlife extinction.

Save our Swan: Greens reveal action plan for the Swan-Canning rivers

Greens Statement

Greens (WA) Water Spokesperson Alison Xamon MLC today released an action plan for reversing the decline of the Swan and Canning rivers due to excessive build-up of nutrients.

"Perth's urban drain network is a major source of the excessive loads of nitrogen and phosphorous entering the Swan-Canning rivers," Ms Xamon said.

Greens say time to close down native forest logging in light of changing economics

Greens Statement

The Greens have called for an immediate end to the logging of native forests in the south-west saying the economic arguments for continuing to cut down our forests are no longer valid.

Greens MLC Giz Watson said the latest research was showing we had enough plantation timber to meet the nation’s timber needs.

Barnett sits on his hands while the waters of Cottesloe warm

Greens Statement

The Greens have developed a comprehensive plan to monitor and mitigate the impacts of rising ocean temperatures on the WA marine environment.

Releasing the plan on Cottesloe Beach this morning Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and Greens candidate for North Metro Cameron Poustie said we were already witnessing the impacts of ocean warming and research was urgently needed to keep abreast of the changes.

Liberals to create huge NW national park

Liberal Statement

A re-elected Liberal Government will continue to provide the highest possible protection to Western Australia’s unique marine and terrestrial landscapes by creating one of Australia’s biggest national parks and the country’s second-largest marine park.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion said the Liberals would create Wanjina National Park in the Kimberley – stretching from Walcott Inlet in the south to the Lawley River in the north – and the Great Kimberley Marine Park.

Greens support Farmers call for fracking halt on farmlands

Greens Statement

The Greens today supported a call from the WA Farmers Federation which has called for farmers to be given a right to veto fracking on their agricultural land.

Greens WA spokesperson for Water, Alison Xamon said the farmers’ voices against fracking were a welcome addition to the discussion.

Liberal's Kimberley conservation plan would leave a truly outstanding legacy

WA Conservation Council

Western Australia’s peak environment group has strongly congratulated Premier Barnett and Environment Minister Bill Marmion for their latest Kimberley conservation commitments, heralding them as a conservation legacy of truly global significance.

Conservation Council Director Piers Verstegen said “Premier Barnett has previously signaled his intention to deliver major Kimberley conservation measures if returned to office, and today, Minister Marmion has built further on those strong foundations.

Greens name and shame our biggest carbon emitters

Greens Statement

The Greens have named and shamed the state’s biggest carbon emitters in a bid to try to tackle WA’s growing reputation as one of the biggest per capita polluters on the planet.

Greens MLC Robin Chapple said Woodside topped the list of the state’s worst greenhouse gas emitters pushing out more than 12M tonnes a year from its Burrup development, the equivalent of the annual combined carbon emissions of around 4 million cars.

Senator Ludlam on threats to James Price Point

Senator Ludlam takes note to answers to question without notice in the Senate on Tuesday 26 February 2013.

We are fighting for James Price Point together

Senator Ludlam describes the inspiring campaign bringing together so many organisations and individuals in defence of James Price Point on the pristine Kimberley coast in Western Australia.

Rally and concert for the Kimberley

Socialist Alliance

20,000 people turned out to hear the John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins and Bob Brown among others in a concert and rally and march for the Kimberley in Fremantle on February 24, 2013.

Labor plans to protect Kimberley wilderness

Labor Statement February 22

A McGowan Labor Government will protect the pristine, unique environment of the Kimberley by creating two new parks, and move to protect the natural environment of the Mitchell Plateau, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor would create the Great North Kimberley Marine Park and the Fitzroy River National Park as part of its commitment to preserving the Kimberley region's important marine and terrestrial environments.

Love urges cautious approach to fracking and land management

Nationals Statement

Nationals WA Candidate for Moore, Shane Love has stated that the development of the unconventional gas industry or fracking should only occur in line with community concern, in particularly those of affected landholders. 

Western Australia has enormous potential for onshore gas with production dating back more than 50 years in Western Australia. The Nationals in 2012 responded to community concern about the development of unconventional gas in the region by holding three forums in Eneabba, Dongara and Gingin to allow local residents to raise their concerns and for government bodies and industry to respond.

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