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All the latest news from Phillip Island Conservation Society

Green Wedge Zones – tighter control on tourist uses

Update on new planning regs from Tract Consulting:    Green Wedge Zones – tighter control on tourist uses Following last Wednesday’s release of Victoria’s reformed rural zones, corrections have been made by DTPLI which will limit the intensification of tourist uses on land subject to the Green Wedge Zone (GWZ) and Green Wedge A Zone…

Update: New Victorian Rural Zones

  Planning Minister Matthew Guy today announced the final reformed rural zones, which will be formally introduced into planning schemes on 5 September 2013. The new rural zones seek to encourage agricultural use of land, while at the same time providing greater flexibility, where appropriate, to use land for rural industries and employment-generating activities such…

Saltmarsh is now listed under the EPBC Act

Great environment news for a change! Saltmarsh is now listed under the EPBC Act.   Here is the detail: Commonwealth of Australia Inclusion of ecological communities in the list of threatened ecological communities under section 181 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EC118)  I, MARK BUTLER, Minister for Environment, Heritage and Water, pursuant…

Just how bad are coastal weeds?

    A fascinating report on the effects of coastal weeds has just been made available as a book or downloadable pdf here “Just how bad are coastal weeds? Assessing the geo-eco-psycho-socio-economic impacts” JULY 2013 RIRDC Publication No. 13/032 both PICS and the Phillip Island & District Historical Society helped researchers with this important project. Worth a look.

PICS presents at Planning Panels Victoria on C132 Waterville development

PICS presented yesterday at the C132 Planning Panels Vic hearing into ‘Waterville’ “integrated” (or not!) golf course/housing development. Five PICS members spoke. Anne Davie (president) gave the introduction and also presented the two panel members with a copy each of the PICS History book: An Island Worth Conserving.The proponent was also given a copy. The…

Coast Care Awards 2013

PICS augments Red Rocks Coast Care, which is why we bring you news of what’s going on there. Red Rocks is a major family beach on Phillip Island, and is also significant in being one of the few remnant stands of Moonah trees in Victoria, and also home to some huge old Banksias. Recently a…

Another glorious day in paradise

Today, Monday 15 July 2013, I went for a wander in Swan Lake reserve, near Summerlands, on Phillip Island’s south west coast. In the 1960s this was a paddock of gorse and some remnant tea tree with its own sand dune system which the council wanted to use for road works. Before they could bat…

Whale Watching is here

It’s whale watching time again in Western Port, and for a treat here are some photos from PICS member and inveterate whale watcher/photographer Lisa Schonberg, all taken in Western Port in previous winters.