2010 State election
On Saturday, 27 November 2010, Victorians went to the polls and voted in a Coalition Government and a new Premier by the name of Baillieu. So what does that mean for our environment I hear you say? Here’s our verdict…
Let’s be honest – there’s no glossing over the fact that the Coalition’s election promises on the environment were far weaker than the other major parties. They don’t support replacing Hazelwood, or the draft Murray Darling Basin Plan. They want to reintroduce cattle grazing in Victoria’s national parks. And there are plenty of gaps and unanswered questions about how it will address critical environment issues and meet its greenhouse target.
Thankfully though, the Coalition did promise some positive environmental actions such as greater water efficiency and water recycling, improving the star-rating of existing homes, returning water to the Yarra, Thompson, Murray and Snowy Rivers and supporting a target to reduce Victoria’s greenhouse pollution by 20 percent by 2020.
So after all that, we’ve prepared a list of their election commitments - the good, the vague and the downright worrying. You can find it here
You can bet that we’ll be holding the new government to account to these promises and working flat out to get them to change those policies that will send us backwards. In forming the new government the Coalition took on the ethical and legal responsibility to safeguard our environment, combat climate change, rescue our rivers and protect our forests. Our job is to make sure they do just that.
And rest assured, our campaigns to Replace Hazelwood and Rescue Our Rivers will roll on. And next year will be bigger and bolder than ever! So stay tuned, inspired and be there with us as we move towards a sustainable healthy environment for all in 2011.
PS > We've had one mighty big year. And we couldn’t have done it without you and your continued support. So thank you for your hard work, for your dedication and for your unwavering commitment to our environment. To cap off your year, join us as we celebrate our successes of 2010. Jump for joy
State election resources
We gave them an agenda to safeguard our environment
- Rescue Our Rivers: deliver a river rescue package to restore Victoria’s rivers to health and secure water for new Red Gum National Parks. Here's how the parties compared
- Replace Hazelwood power station with clean energy by 2012. Here's how the parties compared
- A green makeover for one Million Homes: deliver a program to retrofit one million Victorian homes for energy and water efficiency over the next five years. Here's how the parties compared
- Read our Smart Transport Campaigner's reflection on the role of public transport in this election campaign. Have a squizz
State election 2010 scorecard
Environment Victoria, together with our colleagues at The Wilderness Society, Friends of the Earth and the Victorian National Parks Association have prepared a detailed environment policy scorecard to help guide you on the various environment policies of the major parties contesting the state election.
The scorecard is based on our agenda for the next term of government which we released and sent to all parties in November 2009. It's called Turning it Around.
*Current at Friday, 26 November 2010.
State election scorecards from years gone by
In 2007 and 2008 we released a report, with other Victorian and national environment groups, tracking the state government's performance against their election promises on the environment.
Wimmera River health information online
26 February 2014
Matt Coughlan, Wimmera Mail-Times
A NEW online database released by Environment Victoria will provide information on the health of the Wimmera’s rivers.
The interactive maps, or ‘...more
Heat to rise on Hazelwood
21 February 2014
Latrobe Valley Express
THE management of the Hazelwood mine and its regulation by government is expected to come under fierce scrutiny in coming weeks, as questions arise over the mine's fire preparedness prior to...more
Point Henry closure to impact Valley
20 February 2014
Latrobe Valley Express
Alcoa's decision to close its Point Henry aluminium smelter at Geelong, at the cost of 500 direct jobs, will likely cause a ripple effect through Latrobe Valley's electricity...more
Alcoa plant closure delivers another blow to coal power industry
18 February 2014
Sophie Vorrath, Renew Economy
US-based aluminium giant Alcoa has announced that it will close its Point Henry smelter in Geelong, Victoria, as well as two rolling mills...more
Bid for coal a 'blight on the ground'
17 February 2014
Farrah Plummer, Latrobe Valley Express
A MOVE from AGL to retain the rights of an estimated two billion tonnes of brown coal extends a period of uncertainty for about 30 landholders in Flynn.
AGL moves to keep rights over Latrobe brown coal
30 January 2014
Tom Arup, The Age
Energy giant AGL has applied to retain the rights over an estimated 2 billion tonnes of brown coal in the Latrobe Valley allocated to a lower-emissions power plant that was...more
The Victorian Government refuses to delay the water plan as demanded by environmental groups
29 January 2014
Chris McLennan, Weekly Times
PUBLIC forums will start today on new state water laws after the Victorian Government refused demands from environmental...more
Heatwave sparks record-breaking water use in Melbourne households
29 January 2014
Rachel Wells, The Age
Melbourne households used a record amount of water earlier this month, when daily average consumption reached 255 litres a person - the highest since...more
Surge of activity could see Victoria playing mine host
23 January 2014
Jason Dowling, The Age
Victoria could soon boast a new commercial iron ore mine amid a surge of mining activity.
A combination of increased mineral prices and a supportive state...more
Australian heatwaves more frequent, hotter and longer: Climate Council report
16 January 2014
Heatwaves in Australia are becoming more frequent, hotter and are lasting longer because of climate change, a report released today by the Climate Council says...more
It’s the most crucial election for our environment in decades and yet no one’s talking about the mammoth in the room.
Sure, Tony Abbott’s called himself ‘a fair dinkum environmentalist’ and Kevin Rudd’s called climate change ‘the greatest...more
We owe so much to trees: the air we breathe, the food we eat, the paper you’re reading this on… Ok, got you with that one, but the list goes on!
How you invest and manage your money can have a big impact on our environment. So why not take the Ethical Money Challenge, to ensure that your money is used to create the future you want?
So you’ve tried green cleaning, riding to work and eating green. You’re a real green...more
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Significance is an international treaty that provides for the conservation and ‘wise use’ of wetlands and their resources. Its mission is "the...more
Victorians are proud of their environment. And with good reason too.
Melbourne’s regarded as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Head a couple of hours out of town and you can be on a wild beach on the surf coast or Gippsland, lost in towering old growth forests,...more
- Envirowatch 2008 |
- Envirowatch 2007 |
- Victoria: green and growing |
- The Quick Guide to our Community Climate Action Plan |
- Turning it around: a 2010 state election agenda |
- NEW REPORT! Fast-tracking Victoria’s clean energy future to replace Hazelwood Power Station |
- International Power Australia's submission on the CPRS Green Paper |
- One Million Homes: A 2010 energy and water efficiency campaign |
- Environment Victoria submission on HRL Dual Gas Works |
- Our analysis of the 2010 Climate Change White Paper Implementation Plan |
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