Saturday, 25 January 2014

Our Rivers, Our Lifeblood campaign launch - 2pm Sunday 16 February @ The Green House, Birrarung Marr

Our Rivers, Our Lifeblood campaign launch

When: 2:00 pm Sunday 16 February
Where: The Green House, Birrarung Marr as part of the Sustainable Living Festival

Please join us and special guest speaker Tammy van Wisse for the launch our new campaign Our Rivers, Our Lifeblood and the unveiling of our innovative interactive web atlas that comprehensively looks at the condition of our rivers, the threats and solutions.  It's all part of the Sustainable Living Festival. We hope to see you there!

Victorian Water Act review in progress

The Napthine government is currently reviewing the Victorian Water Act and an Exposure Draft of the new legislation is out for public consultation. Although water law may seem far removed from environmental protection, the Water Act is actually a really important piece of environmental legislation and Environment Victoria is taking a good look at the proposed changes. While the suggested revisions make some useful changes to allow the government to implement its new strategy for Melbourne’s water supply and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, we are not convinced that it offers any improvement in protection for environmental water.

To find out what the review is all about, you can attend a public forum being held by the Office of Living Victoria. These are occurring at selected locations around the state over the next couple of weeks. All the details about the forums are here – you need to RSVP to the Office of Living Victoria.

If you go to a forum be sure to ask some questions about how the health of your river will be improved by the new Act, and what the proposals will do to provide greater environmental protection. Please put your hand up so that your concerns are registered.

You can also make a submission – again the details are here. If you need some help with what to say, pleaseget in touch with Juliet and I can send you some suggestions. Submissions close on Friday 14 February.

Environmental watering in progress!

This week Melbourne Water is releasing environmental water into the Yarra and Tarago Rivers to improve water quality after the recent heatwave. And the Commonwealth and Victorian Environmental Water Holdersare watering the Goulburn , Loddon, Murray and other rivers round the state. While there’s still a long way to go until our rivers get all the water they need, it’s exciting to see environmental watering in progress. You can check out the success of watering events in 2012/13 here

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