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MASSIVE NEW MARINE PARK FOR SYDNEY?

December 4th, 2008 · 30 Comments · News

  By JAMES WOODFORD A plan for a massive marine park stretching off Sydney’s coast, from Gosford in the north to the Royal in the south and three kilometres out to sea, will be launched today. The proposal by the National Parks Association of NSW(NPA) is ambitious, but, if successful, will lead to an overhaul […]

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Hazard Reduction Burning: ecological or pathological? SMH/REAL DIRT EXCLUSIVE

September 8th, 2008 · 19 Comments · News

Picture by Rick Stevens Story by James Woodford It’s spring, and soon we’ll start to get sensationalist stories predicting a horrendous bushfire season ahead. They will carry attacks on agencies for not doing enough to reduce fuel loads in forests close to homes, for unless those living on the urban fringe see their skies filled […]

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Seachange: when forests make way for people

August 5th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Guest Viewpoint

There is a dark flipside to the great Australian seachange. Bushfire regulations are leading to the devastation of coastal forests, as city dwellers buy up uncleared land. Stuart Cohen grappled with this issue when he purchased a block on the coast. He discovered you can have your forest and a house too… Story and pictures by […]

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Savannah Cat Fiasco

August 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Blog

I have scratched my head hard over this story about importing Savannah Cats into Australia. The couple who wanted to bring in these moggie monsters say they are about to sue the government because they claim to have written approval from Customs. You know what? I wouldn’t be surprised if they do. Australians really do have a bad […]

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The Biodiversity Superhighway

May 6th, 2008 · No Comments · Blog

At first sight the newly-conceived Great Eastern Ranges Conservation Corridor – a continuous link of natural vegetation from the Alps in Victoria to Atherton in the Wet Tropics might seem like a gimmick. After all surely a corridor along the Great Eastern Ranges already largely exists? Isn’t the Great Divide mostly already in National Parks […]

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