- Protect our land and water from mining.
- Honesty and integrity in politics
- Local jobs
- People before profits
- Improved heath and education services.



Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Bellingen Courier Sun: EPA fines Forestry Corporation of NSW $30,000

Sediment pouring into a stream in the Gladstone State Forest in March
Sediment pouring into a stream in the Gladstone State Forest in March
 
 
The Forestry Corporation of NSW has been fined $30,000 for allegedly breaching their environment protection licence and causing water pollution during harvesting operations at Gladstone State Forest during March 2018.
Following reports from the North East Forest Alliance and the Bellingen Environment Centre about water pollution in the forest, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) inspected the area on  March 9.

Read full story in Bellingen Courier Sun

See also the exceptional film below about Forest Corporation harvesting practices in the Gladstone State Forest Pollution incident.

"And of course the current industrial logging practices impact our water supply and the well being and health of forest neighbours in addition to threatening native species." Carol Vernon Facebook






This week, the NSW Forestry Corporation were fined $30,000 by the Environmental Protection Authority for misconduct in logging forests of the Bellingen Shire. Many threatened animals and an extremely rare ecosystem are at stake. I produced this film between February-July 2018 explaining the issue and showing Forestry's breaches of code.

These fines are potentially the largest known in this category. 

After 12 months of lobbying and campaigning by conservation groups, the Environmental Protection Authority have now finally stepped up." Ryan Jasper Film

 

 


Sunday, 15 July 2018

If you’re ‘technology agnostic’ you’re committing a climate crime: Bandt

Greens Acting Leader and climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the myth peddled by Malcolm Turnbull and the ACCC that energy policy should be "technology agnostic" is committing a climate crime.

“When it comes to electricity, if you’re “technology agnostic” you’re committing a climate crime. Coal kills. Renewables don’t,” said Mr Bandt.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Courier Sun: Bellingen Shire Council June meeting Forestry motion

Photo from Courier Sun
"Five per cent of Bellingen Shire’s forests could be clear-felled and almost 20 per cent subjected to a doubling in harvest intensity if new logging regulations go ahead, councillors were told at this morning’s meeting.

These estimates, based on mapping analysis, were put forward by Ashley Love from the Bellingen Environment Centre, who along with Kevin Evans, former CEO of the National Parks Association of NSW, addressed council about proposed changes to how the Forestry Corporation operates in the shire.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

State Budget an attack on local libraries


Public Libraries
Greens Regional Arts spokesperson, Dawn Walker MP has denounced the NSW Government’s $5.2 million cut to local libraries in their 2018 State Budget and accused them of taking a sledgehammer to local communities.

“Our local libraries are at the heart of our communities; they’re where young families meet for story time, seniors learn online skills and young students come to locate resources and services. 

Friday, 22 June 2018

Greens label State Government ‘puppets’ of the logging industry following passing of new laws

Greens MP Dawn Walker has labelled the State Government puppets of the logging industry following the passing of the Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 in the NSW Upper House in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
 
“The State Government’s new logging laws will result in dramatic increases in the scale and intensity of logging in our coastal forests, putting several threatened species, including our already dwindling koalas at direct risk” said Dawn Walker MP.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Libs move to sell off ABC electorally toxic

The Liberal Party Council has exposed Malcolm Turnbull's secret plan to sell off the ABC, the Australian Greens say.
"Malcolm Turnbull's secret plan to privatise the ABC has been revealed. First it was doing a secret deal with Pauline Hanson's One Nation to 'whack off' money from the ABC's budget, now this," Greens media spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

Contamination scandal demands urgent federal and state cooperation

As the number of PFAS contaminated sites continues to grow, the Greens are calling on federal, state and territory governments to urgently offer assistance to impacted residents and workers and clean up the toxic chemicals.

Greens NSW MP and spokesperson for the environment, Dr Mehreen Faruqi said,

“The fact that residents are unaware of PFAS related chemicals in their groundwater and food is not only unacceptable but extremely dangerous. The Government’s neglect on this issue could cause serious harm to people exposed to toxic chemicals.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

NSW BUDGET: GREENS RESPONSE: COMMUNITY IS SHORT-CHANGED BY BUDGET EVALUATED ON DOLLARS AND CENTS ALONE

The NSW Greens have criticised today's NSW State Budget for lacking vision, ignoring environment and climate change, barely playing catch-up on services investment and failing to plan for the long-term wellbeing of the NSW community.

NSW Greens MLC and Treasury spokesperson Justin Field said, "We shortchange the community and environment if the NSW Budget is evaluated in dollar and cents alone.

NSW GOVERNMENT WINDS BACK PROTECTIONS AT SANCTUARY ZONES IN SOLITARY ISLANDS MARINE PARK

The NSW Government has given in to the Shooters and Fishers Party by permanently winding back protections at 10 ocean beaches and headlands in sanctuary zones across four marine parks in NSW.

The size of fully protected sanctuary zones at Minnie Water Back Beach and Bare Bluff to Diggers Point and Moonee Beach in Solitary Islands Marine Park have been reduced, with potential impacts on their effectiveness as safe havens and habitat for fish and other marine life.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Greens call for halt to water mining in Tweed Valley


Dawn Walker MLC
NSW Greens MP and North Coast spokesperson, Dawn Walker has spoken out over large-scale water mining in the Tweed Valley in State Parliament this week due concerns over impacts on underground water resources, alleged poor compliance with extraction licenses and the damage caused by heavy vehicles.

"Water is our most precious resource and gigalitres of water beneath Tweed Valley is being sucked up and bottled for commercial profit, leaving the community high and dry with the impacts. Water mining licences are being handed out by the Government without adequate monitoring and in many cases, water meters haven't even been installed.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Scientists say we must rapidly phase out coal says Greens MP Buckingham

ENOUGH ALREADY! Scientists say we must rapidly phase out coal, yet NSW continues to approve new coal mines. 

Check out and share this video where I outline the Greens' serious plan to phase out thermal coal in the next 10 years, limiting the amount of coal that can be mined to 1 billion tonnes.




Greens welcome Government’s partial back-down on disability cuts

NSW Greens MP and Disability spokesperson, Dawn Walker has welcomed the State Government’s partial back-down on cuts to disability advocacy services following a strong campaign by the disability sector.

Parliamentary Report puts Turnbull Government on back foot over attempt to curtail civil society

“Today’s JSCEM Report that has failed to endorse the Turnbull government's Electoral Bill is a credit to the mass mobilisation of charities and community groups that have warned about the Bill’s undemocratic practices,” Greens democracy spokesperson, Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“The Australian Greens have issued a Minority Report in response to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters’ inquiry into the Turnbull Government’s Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017.

Greens MP Tamara Smith congratulates #Stand By Me campaign success

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has congratulated disability advocacy services for their strong campaign to retain funding for their services.

This comes after the NSW government’s partial back-down on cuts to disability advocacy services in response to the #StandByMe campaign.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Company Tax Cuts: The Facts

'You may have seen in the paper that Business Council of Australia CEO Jennifer Westacott sent a direct plea for big business company tax cuts to all senators.
 
As you know, we at The Australia Institute have been continually promoting our company tax research and providing briefings in Parliament on this government proposal for a long time. But in order to leave no stone unturned, I recorded my own message to Senators, setting straight the facts that a company tax cut for big business does not stack up.




Friday, 16 March 2018

Late last night Labor voted with the Coalition in NSW Parliament to rush through new gambling legislation that locks in the highest density of poker machines in the country and increases gambling harm, according to The Greens.

Massive increase in homelessness means it’s time to act


 Today’s release of the statistics on Homelessness from the ABS 2016 census data, shows that homelessness and other consequences of the lack of housing affordability are rising unacceptably in NSW, according to NSW Greens spokesperson on Housing and Homelessness and Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Pokies law changes will fuel gambling losses and boost profits for NSW clubs and pubs: Greens


Gambling hurts families
Analysis by the NSW Greens estimates proposed changes to poker machine laws in NSW will significantly slow the reduction in total poker machine numbers in NSW and boost profits for NSW clubs and pubs by an estimated more than $80 million a year by 2020.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

People power can defeat TPP

The Greens stand with the Australian community in the fight to defeat the corporation-serving Trans Pacific Partnership.

“The Greens will fight tooth and nail to defeat this dodgy trade deal. This behind-closed-doors deal Malcolm Turnbull and his Trade Minister have signed Australia up to today is loathed by the community, who are well aware it was made by corporations, for corporations,” Greens Trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Liberal Party is celebrating signing the TPP while everyday Australians shudder to think their interests have been sold up the river. The fact is the Turnbull Government seems more interested in getting a win for themselves, than a win for the country.


Court Decision on NSW Land Clearing Laws Reinforces the Laws are a Climate Catastrophe and have no Legal Basis


Dr Faruqi
Greens NSW MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC has reacted to news that the Land and Environment Court today ruled the NSW Government’s land-clearing laws invalid.

Dr. Faruqi said:

“These laws were rushed, had no regard for the impact on the environment and threatened species and were pushed through to benefit big business and now we know they have no legal standing either.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Greens call on Woolworths to exit Westower Tavern pokies

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has today called on Woolworths to phase out pokies at its Westower Tavern venue in West Ballina.

This follows allegations by whistleblowers that staff at Woolworths-owned hotels have been spying on gamblers in order to boost profits.

Federal Independent MP Andrew Wilkie says whistleblowers have revealed that Woolworths’ hotels keep databases of customers who gamble, including their habits and behaviours.

"The drive for profit in its hotel business creates an incentive for this type of predatory and unacceptable behaviour,” said Ms Smith.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Video - Logging Law Renewals and significance to NSW and Australia



Regional Forest Agreements are the mechanism for corporate control of Australian Native Forests.


Clear-felling of the carbon sink and the destruction of wildlife habitat occurs under the screen of 'sustainable logging'. This is utterly unsustainable. The signing away of Australia's public national native forest estate for over 2 decades commenced with the renewal of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement August 2017. 

The renewal of the NSW Regional Forest Agreements  is being pushed as fast as possible by both Federal and state governments. 

Regional Forest Agreements will result in mass wildlife loss and a rapid increase in the rate of extinction. 

Published on Feb 21, 2018

'RFAs are agreements between governments not between the government, taxpayers and environmentalists. Greens Senator Janet Rice refers to RFAs as 'logging laws'.' Jack

Video - Logging Law Renewals and significance to NSW and Australia



Regional Forest Agreements are the mechanism for corporate control of Australian Native Forests.

 

Clear-felling of the carbon sink and the destruction of wildlife habitat occurs under the screen of 'sustainable logging'. This is utterly unsustainable. The signing away of Australia's public national native forest estate for over 2 decades commenced with the renewal of the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement August 2017. 

The renewal of the NSW Regional Forest Agreements  is being pushed as fast as possible by both Federal and state governments. 

Regional Forest Agreements will result in mass wildlife loss and a rapid increase in the rate of extinction. 

Published on Feb 21, 2018

'RFAs are agreements between governments not between the government, taxpayers and environmentalists. Greens Senator Janet Rice refers to RFAs as 'logging laws'.' Jack

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Christine Milne to Speak at Urunga Dinner Feb 28, Save The Date

#christinemilnedinnerurunga

What: Christine Milne, retired Australian Greens leader, will launch her book, An Activist Life, at The Alternative Bookshop in Bellingen.

When: 5.30 PM, February 28th

Where: The Alternative Bookshop, top of Hyde St, Bellingen.

   AND

What: Christine Milne will sign books and speak at a dinner in her honour.

Smorgasbord including vegan and vegetarian options.

Where: C.ex Club (Urunga Golf Club) Urunga

When: From 7.00 PM,  February 28th

Cost: $30.00

Bookings Essential: secretary@mncg.nsw.greens.org.au or Phone C.ex Club Urunga Ph: 66556161



Video - Dawn Walker MP in State Parliament - Koalas in Gladstone Forest

Greens MP, Dawn Walker has called on the NSW Government to immediately halt logging in Gladstone State Forest, near Bellingen, which lies within one of the most significant Gumbaynggirr Storylines; the story of how the Koala came to be. This sacred land and water always has and always will hold cultural value to traditional owners and should not be logged for short term profit!






Video - Dawn Walker MP in State Parliament - Koalas in Gladstone Forest

Greens MP, Dawn Walker has called on the NSW Government to immediately halt logging in Gladstone State Forest, near Bellingen, which lies within one of the most significant Gumbaynggirr Storylines; the story of how the Koala came to be. This sacred land and water always has and always will hold cultural value to traditional owners and should not be logged for short term profit!






Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Greens call for Parliamentary Inquiry into the NSW Liberal/National Government’s Restructure Devastating Our National Parks

Mehreen Faruqi at Dorrigo National Park
Greens NSW MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has today given notice of a parliamentary inquiry into the restructure of the National Parks and Wildlife Service that is thinning out staff expertise with cuts to funding and jobs.

If established, the inquiry would examine:


1.      The extent of the restructure,

2.      The effect of restructures on the ability of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to fulfil its mission and objectives, including environmental conservation, protection of wildlife, invasive species management, fire management, visitor safety and amenity, environmental education and the protection of Aboriginal heritage, and

3.      The impact on economy, tourism and jobs in rural and regional areas.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Smith supports seafood country of origin labelling

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith says she supports legislation which would make country of origin information on seafood products compulsory.

"This legislation is in line with the foodie ethos in the Northern Rivers area where we have a strong interest in buying local food," said Tamara Smith.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Greens MP, Dawn Walker, joins local action to protect koalas in Gladstone State Forest


NSW Greens MP and Forests spokesperson, Dawn Walker joined community members and representatives from the Bellingen Environment Centre, on Monday (12 February), taking direct action to protect a mother and joey koala from logging operations in Gladstone State Forest, near Bellingen.

"Forestry Corp is logging in the Gladstone State Forest. This is proven koala habitat and yet another forest in our Shire where destructive logging practices are impacting our water catchment, biodiversity and the lives of forest neighbours. Regional Forest Agreements are destroying our native forests. #RFAsNoWay #KoalasAreHereToStay" Dawn Walker

 







Nominate an outstanding campaigner or activist for the Climate Champion Awards


Nominate an outstanding campaigner or activist for the Climate Champion Awards

Our dear friend and long-time NSW Greens member John Davis worked tirelessly and passionately as a climate activist and film-maker before his tragic death in 2015. 

Last year we hosted a screening in NSW Parliament of John’s final project Coal: Is it Worth It  and acknowledged John’s activism by awarding him the inaugural NSW Climate Champion.

We want to continue to honour John’s legacy by recognising outstanding contributions to the campaign against coal and coal seam gas mining in NSW and for a safe climate future.  

The Climate Champion Awards recognise and celebrate people working on climate action in our community who are building the movement and having a positive impact for change.
Two awards will be presented in 2018:

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