Victoria’s Budj Bim to get World Heritage listing?

The pattern of Indigenous settlement in western Victoria has long upset the notion that Aboriginal people were purely nomadic people prior to European invasion. In the west of the state, the extensive fish traps and remnants of stone houses and the memory that people lived and farmed in defined areas highlights the fact that there…

Forest mining licence angers community

Many in the central Victorian community fought long and hard against a proposed gold mine in the Wombat Forest. This approval for substantial sampling in the forest is a worrying development. The following article comes from The Courier newspaper (Journalist is Emma-Jane Schenk). For additional information check the Wombat Forest Care website. The approval of…

What’s wrong with Bill Gammage’s book?

The following story is taken from Green Left Weekly, January 2015. By Ben Courtice & Emma Murphy Ngadju Conservation Coordinator Les Schultz near a traditional burn. Photo: Ngadju Conservation A popular argument suggests Aboriginal people always burned country so non-Aboriginal Australians should too, albeit for modern purposes, such as fuel reduction burns. Historian Bill Gammage…

a chance to help protect the Bogong High Plains

Hawkweeds are a highly invasive pest plant species which can cause major environmental damage in alpine and sub-alpine areas of Australia if not eradicated early. Native to Europe, Hawkweeds have recently become naturalised on mainland Australia. Hawkweeds spread quickly via runners and roots, forming dense mats inhibiting and outcompeting native vegetation. For several years, Parks…

The Great Forest National Park

The Great Forest National Park (GFNP) proposal is a vision for a multi-tiered park system for bush users and bush lovers alike, on Melbourne’s doorstep. It is a park that will protect and maintain important ecosystem functions critical for the health and well being of all Victorians. The proposal intends to amalgamate a group of smaller…

a community vision for Barkers Creek

Bringing people together to dream, champion, advise and sustainably manage the future of the Barkers Creek between the Botanic Gardens and Camp Reserve, Castlemaine You are invited to a creek side lunch to focus attention on the Creek.What would we like to see here in the creek’s riparian zone?People will have the opportunity to make…

Planned burns are destroying habitat of endangered cockatoos

This is becoming a common story across Victoria. With the political ‘need’ to do fuel reduction burns and meet the 5% of the state target, individual burns are increasingly inappropriate in terms of area being burnt or timing of the burn. The Bushfires Royal Commission recommended a statewide fuel reduction burn target of 5% of…