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Animals rarely get the full consideration they require when planners get together to devise the new laws, new developments and new guidelines. By making a submission in the consultative stages of planning you can make sure they do! Please ensure all submissions are your own. 


VERY IMPORTANT : Parliamentary Inquiry Into Ecosystem Decline in Victoria

The inquiry will report on the decline of Victoria’s ecosystems and measures to restore habitats and populations of threatened and endangered species, including but not limited to —

  • the extent of the decline of Victoria's biodiversity and the likely impact on people, particularly First Peoples and ecosystems if more is not done to address this, including consideration of climate change impacts;
  • the adequacy of the legislative framework protecting Victoria's environment, including grasslands, forests and the marine and coastal environment and native species
  • the adequacy and effectiveness of government programs and funding protecting and restoring Victoria's ecosystems;
  • legislative, policy, program, governance and funding solutions to facilitate ecosystem and species protection, restoration and recovery in Victoria in the context of climate change impacts;
  • opportunities to restore Victoria's environment while upholding First Peoples' connection to country and increasing and diversifying employment opportunities in Victoria

Closing date: 31 August 2020

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Recreational uses of Werribee River

The 2018 - 19 Victorian State budget included $3.215 million for new projects to improve visitor enjoyment of waterways through improved access and visitor facilities - the Boosting Recreational Water Use Initiative. The initiative aims to investigate options for improved recreational access and facilities at nine sites across Victoria, including the lower Werribee River.

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Reuniting Lost Pets Review

We would like your views on how Government can improve the process for reuniting owners with lost cats and dogs handed in at vet clinics and registered animal shelters.

Please try to include some of the following points :
  • immediate reuniting of family and their lost companion animal
  • allowing vets and reputable shelters to contact the family of a lost companion animal as soon as they have scanned the microchip 
  • phase out breeding of companion animals until shelters achieve a no-kill status to ensure rehoming of more animals
  • pounds and shelters must stop killing healthy animals
  • provide shelters with adequate funding to cater for the lost and unwanted animals
  • increase desexing levels through subsidies and mandate desexing at point of sale
  • phase out the sale of companion animals other than from shelters or rescuers
  • implement and regulate adoption procedures that will ensure best human/companion animal outcomes
  • implement support programs that enable shelters to rehabilitate animals where required
  • phase out caged birds and promote the use of aviaries only where release is inhumane

Closing date: 24 August 2020

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Draft Rabbit Control Plan 2020 - 2024

The Draft Rabbit Control Plan outlines how the City will control rabbits on City-managed land while supporting the wider community to reduce rabbit impacts more broadly.

Current methods of "controlling" rabbits include various haemorrhagic poisons which:
  • are not target-specific and will kill other animals including humans, companion animals and wildlife
  • is excruciatingly painful
  • predators eating the carcasses will die a similar death
City of Greater Geelong state that previous baiting programs did not affect native wildlife and nor were there reports of dogs having eaten the bait.
Please argue these points - poisoning is not an option. Wildlife will find a place to die and will not be easily found. Having no evidence does not mean there is none. Fertility control is far more effective and humane. 

Closing date: 25 August 2020

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Crib Point Inquiry and Advisory Committee

AGL has ignored community and environmental concerns about this project. AGL’s Environment Effects Statement (EES) on the proposed project can be found at the website given below.

This could be the first floating gas factory in the world to be dumped in the middle of an environmentally sensitive wetland — don’t let that happen!

There are 2 components of the Project:

Gas Import - Jetty Works comprising a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) at Crib Point Jetty, jetty infrastructure including marine loading arms and gas piping on the jetty and the Crib Point Receving Facility on land adjacent to the jetty.

Pipeline Works consisting of an underground gas transmission pipeline approximately 57 kilometres long to transport gas from the Crib Point Receiving Facility to the Victorian Transmission System east of Pakenham and associated infrastructure such as the Pakenham Delivery Facility to monitor and regulate the gas, two above-ground mainline valves to enable isolation of the pipeline in an emergency and a facility to enable in-line inspections of the pipeline.

Submissions: 2 July - 26 August

Directions Hearing: 17 September 2020

Public Hearing: 20 October for 6 - 8 weeks

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