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All the latest news from Phillip Island Conservation Society

2014 PICS Committee Nominations are open

Are you concerned about issues that affect your community but feel like there is nothing you can do about it? Consider nominating yourself for a position on the 2014 PICS Committee. Join a dedicated group of active locals helping to shape, protect and sustainably plan this beautiful Island for generations to come. Nominations close 3rd…

“Our Voice will not be Silenced” says EDO

A letter from the Environment Defenders Office arrived at the PICS office today with some devastating news about Federal Government funding for the body that many grassroots communities rely on for expert legal advice and guidance. PICS will be donating to the EDO, maybe you can too?   Letter from EDO, dated 20th December 2012:…

Marine Surveys for Port of Hastings to commence

Press Release Dear Stakeholder, The Port of Hastings Development Authority would like to advise that marine surveys will shortly commence as part of early planning for the Port of Hastings container expansion project. The marine surveys will collect information on the physical and chemical characteristics of existing port areas and surrounds, by mapping the physical features…

Council To Introduce Native Vegetation Offset Scheme (NVOS)

From the Bass Coast Shire Council website re the contentious issue of offsets. Overall this might be good for the environment, but is it good for Bass Coast shire environment?   Council To Introduce Native Vegetation Offset Scheme Bass Coast Shire Council will establish a Native Vegetation Offset Scheme (NVOS) after a unanimous vote at…

McHaffie's Reef Ventnor by Alia Schonberg

Victoria’s Marine Protected Areas

Press Release VICTORIA’S MARINE PROTECTED AREAS A report has been prepared and you may wish to comment. PR reads: The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) is seeking public feedback on the draft recommendations arising from its investigation into the management and performance of Victoria’s marine protected areas. The Draft Proposals Paper containing these recommendations is…

Shearwater Wreck

Message via Phillip Island Nature Park : The wreck of Short-tailed Shearwaters appears particularly abundant along the Australian coast this spring. The number of dead shearwaters lining the beaches seems to be higher and more widespread across the Australian coast, but unless we collect data and do this consistently, this is only an observation. With…

Hooded Plover population doubles on Phillip Island

Report from Jon Fallaw at Phillip Island Nature Parks: Hooded Plover Report: It has taken 12 years but the population on Phillip Island has doubled from 22 to 44 between 2001 and 2013 The November count is probably the best indicator of base population numbers being at the start of the breeding season. Hoodie breeding…

Council votes against C132

  NEWSFLASH!! Sanity prevails and C132 rezoning land above Rhyll Inlet to allow for a golf course/residential development has just been rejected by council. Division called for: supporting the motion to abandon the rezoning was Phil Wright, Kimberily Brown, Jordan Crugnale and new mayor Neil Rankine. In favor of the rezoning was Bradley Drew and…

“Magic wand” works wonders and saves penguins

  October 12, 2013, from basscoastpost.com, news of the latest Banksia award for Phillip Island Nature Parks with a wonderful new invention:   A “MAGIC wand” used to clean oil off penguins has won Phillip Island Nature Parks and Victoria University one of Australia’s top environmental awards. Dr Peter Dann of Phillip Island Nature Parks…

Possible future airport for the outer south-east?

Wonthaggi as a major regional growth area and another big airport to service the south eastern end of Melbourne, to be located in Koo Wee Rup – Lang Lang area? Read all about it here in an email from Tract consulting: Fast Tract – Melbourne’s next 40 years – Plan Melbourne released Plan Melbourne, released today…