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SGCS NEWS
March 7, 2022
The South Gippsland Conservation Society wishes to acknowledge that the Bunurong and Boon Wurring peoples of the Kulin nation are the traditional owners of this land, over which they have never ceded sovereignty, and we pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.


Conservation Society News

Rally Round Our Dunes Update

 

On Wednesday 2 March we met with Jordan Crugnale MP at the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club to present our petition which calls on all levels of Government for immediate funding of short-term dune renourishment works and a commitment to rapid implementation of long-term surf beach protection works once the current Cape to Cape Resilience Project recommendations are made in 2022.

We also launched our short film of the Rally Round Our Dunes. The film was  produced by David Smith of imaginACTION.


Project Updates

Removal of Sea Spurge - Inverloch foreshore - Sunday 20 March

 

At our next working bee we will be continuing the excellent work done by the students from the Woodleigh School on 9 March on the Inverloch foreshore.

Where: Angling Club car park, The Esplanade, Inverloch
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm
WARNING: The broken stems of sea spurge ooze a toxic milky sap that may irritate the skin and is painful if brought into contact with the eyes. We will provide disposable gloves (small-X large) and safety glasses if required.

Now that the triple vaxx has eased our social distancing, we are hoping to enjoy a cuppa-tea and chat after the session. We are refreshing our trailer kitchen so we will provide all tea, coffee and cups etc. 

Bunurong Coast Education

Labour Day weekend activities

 

Bookings are now open for activities on 12 & 13 March.



Bunurong Environment Centre

Inverloch Expo - Friday 18 March, 4-7pm


Inverloch Community House is presenting this exhibition of community organisations and groups. Look out for us on the lawn!

 

 

 



 

Calls for Submissions

Draft Bass Coast Statement of Planning Policy released

 

The draft Bass Coast Statement of Planning Policy was released on 3 March. We have been invited to provide feedback which will help guide the future of land use and development on the Bass Coast for the next 50 years. 

The Bass Coast LGA is a large area that faces threats like over-development, increased visitation and the effects of climate change. You may have concerns about specific issues in your area. In order to be most effective, we suggest that you write your own responses, and then send them to us to be combined into one powerful submission.


Please send us your contributions by 8 April.


Other News

IPCC Report is a dire warning

 

The latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was released on 28 February. It has been described by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN, as a “damning indictment of failed climate leadership”. It is a catalogue of impacts already in train and those we can expect from the heating up of our planet through the burning of fossil fuels, taken from tens of thousands of studies.

Heat and floods are killing more people, drought is killing more trees and warming oceans are killing more coral reefs, the nurseries of the oceans. But without action, worse is coming, the report said, and faster than scientists had thought.

Over the coming decades, every region around the world will experience significantly worse impacts than we are already experiencing, which will result in compounding and cascading impacts on our health, livelihoods, food and water, as well as our national security.

The Climate Council calls on our federal political leaders to step up and take action to rapidly decrease emissions this decade, but to also grasp the huge opportunity that climate action presents.  "While no developed country has more to lose from climate change-fuelled extreme weather, no one has more to gain as the world transforms to a zero-carbon economy than Australia does".



Green Electricity Guide

 

Greenpeace released its latest Green Electricity Guide last month. 

The Green Electricity Guide was developed using six main criteria – provision of clean, renewable energy; commitment to ending coal use by 2030; halting fossil fuel expansion; support for new renewable energy; transparency in marketing; and pollution and environmental harm.

It separates the green providers from the big polluters and makes it easy for consumers to switch.



Draft Victorian Koala Management Strategy consultation

 

The Victorian Government has released its Draft Victorian Koala Management Strategy for public consultation until Sunday 3 April.

After reading either the full draft VKMS or the summary document you can have your say by completing a survey and/or completing a map survey to indicate where you have seen koalas in your local area.

The draft strategy covers a wide range of issues such as the distribution and size of Koala populations in Victoria; their genetic diversity; and management of Koalas in forest plantations which are to be harvested.


Deadline for contributions


We would love to share your photographs and stories in the newsletter. Please send your contributions by Friday 25 March. Email to newsletter@sgcs.org.au.
 

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