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Thursday, June 4, 2020

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Holistic sessions held at Yarck

The start of the Holistic Management course in Yarck provided a grounding framework for the participants to focus on over the coming months, according to organisers. Some 17 land owners and managers from across the Goulburn Broken region attended the two-day session at the Yarck Hall, run by Brian Wehlburg from Inside Outside Management. Holistic

Questions to Council on ‘Climate Emergency’

Yarra Ranges Shire Council was last week (Mar. 10) asked about its declaration of a ‘climate emergency’. A Mooroolbark resident asked the Council meeting held at Lilydale: “In regards to carbon dioxide emissions, 96 per cent of emissions are made by nature and not by humans, there is a 4 per cent contribution which is

Cleaning up across Dindi

Community members across Murrindindi Shire have dedicated their time over the past fortnight to take part in Clean Up Australia Day events. There were 13 events in total taking place all the way from Strath Creek, through to Kinglake, Alexandra, Yea and Taggerty. Council’s Infrastructure and Waste Portfolio Councillor, Eric Lording said Council wanted to

Rubicon Station wants to build mini-hydro

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Deputy President Teresa Bisucci last moth determined that VCAT has the power to consider amendments to the applications in the case between Rubicon Station Pty Ltd and Goulburn Valley Water. The case involves a licence to use and take water, and a licence to construct works on a waterway. The

Learning with Landcare at Yea

The regional countryside is seeing more people settling locally, chasing the good life. This brings fresh country air, growing their own vegies, raising some animals, a chance to slow down and enjoy the change of pace. “After years of visiting properties, many new landholders I meet express their delight in the space, the views, wildlife

Injunction stops Central Highlands timber harvesting

A Supreme Court interim injunction granted last week has stopped some logging in the Central Highlands. VicForests must desist from cutting trees in 10 coupes that had been earmarked for clear-felling in the Central Highlands and Gippsland after ‘Wildlife of the Central Highlands Inc.’ went to court, arguing the threatened species in the woodlands needed

CSIRO to support bushfire rebuild

CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has welcomed its role in delivering practical resilience measures in relation to bushfires and climate change, as the country faces continued extreme fire weather in the future. Announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison today, CSIRO, in collaboration with other agencies and partners, will bring plans and recommendations to Australian Governments

Latest on waste: Cr Lording advises Council

Funding has been approved for development of an e-waste collection facility at the current Yea Resource Recovery Centre, Cr Eric Lording has told Murrindindi Council. An upgrade to the weighbridge at the Alexandra Landfill incorporating the supply and installation of a new boom gate will ensure that trucks cannot bypass the weighing station. This installation

‘Platypus on brink of extinction’

New research calls for national action to minimise the risk of the platypus vanishing due to habitat destruction, dams and weirs. Australia’s devastating drought is having a critical impact on the iconic platypus, a globally unique mammal, with increasing reports of rivers drying up and platypuses becoming stranded. Platypuses were once considered widespread across the

Smoke, ash and animal health

Animals including livestock generally tolerate smoke and ash fallout from bushfires well. However some animals, particularly cats, dogs and horses, may exhibit minor respiratory problems or eye irritation. In areas where there are ongoing serious smoke impacts, livestock owners may want to consider relocating their animals, depending on advice from emergency services. The respiratory symptoms

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