Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Environment Matters

Christine Milne on James Price Point

Christine Milne questions Environment Minister on protection of James Price Point - Conroy fails to answer question or fails to answer.

Conservation Council Election Priorities

The Conservation Council of Western Australia have identified from their research 12 keys areas supported by voters on the WA environment.

Barnett Government action on phosphorous pollution half-hearted

Greens Statement December 13, 2012

A slightly reduced limit on the amount of phosphorous in home garden fertilisers is long overdue but is only part of what is required to clean up our waterways, says Greens Water Spokesperson Alison Xamon.

“The State Government’s announcement that they will slightly reduce the amount of phosphorous in home garden fertilisers is welcome, however it is only addressing half of the strategy.  The Government must also commit to funding an education campaign as to the best ways to use domestic fertilisers,” Ms Xamon said.

Rottnest Island – what does it mean to you?

Greens Statement January 10

In many ways Rottnest Island is like the Swan River – unique, iconic, and much loved by the denizens of Perth. But who does it belong to, other than to itself? Who has the right to make decisions about its future? Who will preserve its values, and is there consensus on what those values are?

US Nuclear Device a Failure with Fracking

US attempts to Frack for Gas in Colorado was a disaster for the environment and community.

1969 the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) detonated a 40-kiloton nuclear device 8,426 feet below the ground surface in an attempt to release commercially marketable quantities of natural gas from the fine-grained, low-permeability sandstone of the Williams Fork Formation.

CCWA want environment on the election agenda

The Conservation Council of Western Australia wants to make sure environment is on the election agenda.

They say,'During an election campaign MPs are more willing to listen and act than at any other time'.

CCWA On The Agenda

More families to delight in WA parks

Liberal Statement

A Liberal Government, if re-elected, will fundamentally change and improve how Western Australia’s parks are managed and enjoyed.

Premier Colin Barnett has announced DEC (Department of Environment and Conservation) will be replaced by two separate environmental agencies, the Western Australian Parks Authority (WAPA) to promote and protect the State’s world famous parks, and the Department of Environment Regulation (DER) which will focus on regulation and licensing.

Anti-fracking activists versus Stirling Council

source Socialist Alliance

Local activist Trish McAuliffe has had a run-in with the Stirling City Council in Perth's northern suburbs over a banner on her property advertising a public meeting about gas fracking.

McAuliffe is a member of grassroots campaign group No Fracking Way and put up a hand-painted banner on her own property that said “Fracking = pollution”. The sign also gave details for a public meeting organised by the Clean Water Healthy Land alliance featuring a speaker from the Lock the Gate Alliance.

No Fracking Sign

Departmental report confirms Greens’ warnings over Gnangara Mound

Greens Statement

A new Department of Water report has confirmed warnings made repeatedly by the Greens that too much groundwater is being drawn from the Gnangara Mound.

Environmental assessment needed for Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct at Burswood Peninsula

This is what the Burswood Peninsula looks like now. It is a far cry from its former uses as a rubbish tip, sewerage treatment works and industrial site.  The site has been rehabilitated into a public golf course (that attracts 80,000 golfers annually), lakes, birds, trees and parkland. But not for long – the State Government has other plans.

Save Lake Nowergup Campaigners Say Marmion Never Visited

Save Lake Neerabup campaigners in Wanneroo have stated WA Environment Minister Bill Marmion has never visited the site.

Giz Watson MLC addressing West Australia Forest Alliance

The West Australian Forrest Alliance invited candidates for the South West area to speak to their assembled group representatives.

Having been a long time SW forest activist before and during her 16 years in Parliament Giz shared her thoughts with the group.

Concerns over fracking drill rig reinforce call for independent oversight

Greens Statement

The Greens today called for the Government to take a closer look at worker safety in unconventional gas exploration and for independent oversight of the fracking industry after a fracking company announced to the ASX that it had cancelled its contract with a major fracking rig.

Dust Emissions - Cockburn Cement Plant

Greens Statement

Cockburn Cement is the leading supplier of quicklime and cement products in WA. With a total lime production capacity in excess of one million tonnes, the Cockburn Cement plant is the largest lime producer in Australia.

The plant commenced operations in 1951. Since this time, the surrounding areas have been turned into residential developments and residents are being seriously affected by the emissions from the plant.

Greens call for urgent action to protect WA’s precious wetlands

Greens Statement February 1

The Greens are calling for urgent action to protect what is left of Perth’s dwindling wetlands saying not even those listed as internationally significant are getting the protection they need.

The call comes on the eve of World Wetland Day when countries around the globe will commemorate more than 40 years since the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian City of Ramsar on February 2, 1971.

The #wa2013vote website will be kept online so politicians promises and statements can be checked until the end of next WA election in 2017, and after.