Why the environment might cost Barnett the election

WA has a history of political parties and conservative leaders badly misjudging the mood of the electorate on environmental issues, including at election time. It happened in 2001 when the Gallop Labor Government was elected on the back of the campaign to stop logging of ancient forests in the South West. Since then, major environmental campaigns including the James Price Point LNG development in the Kimberley, and the culling of sharks have wrong-footed Premier Barnett.  Right now it is happening again with the Roe 8 highway, gas fracking, climate change, and a range of other local issues resulting from poor environmental decisions by a Government that has failed to consult, engage, or understand the communities they affect.

Liberal’s cynical attack on WA renewable energy will backfire with voters

Western Australia’s peak environment group has warned that the Liberal party’s attack on renewable energy - involving full page ads in community newspapers and ‘robo-calls’ to voters in marginal seats - is a cynical and desperate campaign tactic that will backfire on the party.

Expert forum to explore potential for WA Renewable Energy Transition

The RenewWA alliance, Conservation Council of WA, and Curtin University will hold a public forum this evening with international renewable energy and new industry development expert Professor Peter Droege, to discuss the potential for Western Australia and the town of Collie to transition from reliance on coal and gas towards a renewable energy future.

Health academic warns of fracking’s impact on public health in WA

An internationally renowned health academic is to argue for a cessation of the unconventional gas and fracking industry until risks to public health and environment can be proven not to occur. 

West Australians to be denied new jobs and cheaper, cleaner power without Renewable Energy Target

Households and businesses will be denied the benefits of cheaper and cleaner electricity, and the State will miss out on new jobs and investment if the next State Government does not introduce a Renewable Energy Target, according to the State’s peak environment group.

Faith leaders unite to voice concerns on fracking in WA

Religious leaders are uniting to warn about the dangers of fracking ahead of a public forum to be held next week at St George’s Cathedral, Perth.

Monitoring shearwaters on Breaksea Island

The volunteer team crouch patiently amongst the low coastal vegetation, peering keenly into the fading light. “There’s one!” someone whispers excitedly, pointing to the silent silhouette winging its way over the sloping, granitic island. It is just after sunset, and we are perched on the flanks of Breaksea Island, one of the granite tors that protect Albany from the surging Southern Ocean. As we watch, the silhouette glides silently over a ridge and out of sight.

Dear Albert Jacob, Please Urgently Intervene In The Roe 8 Toll Road Project

Dear Albert Jacob, Minister for the Environment

I draw your urgent attention to an extremely alarming situation unfolding in the Beeliar Wetlands, which concerns not only serious and ongoing non-compliance with your Ministerial Conditions for the Roe 8 toll road project, but also an unfolding animal welfare disaster, a serious threat to human health, and a total loss of faith by the community in the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) – the State’s principal environmental regulator.

Climate Consensus Statement welcomed by WA’s peak environment group

Western Australia’s peak environment group has welcomed the release of a Climate Consensus Statement supported by a broad alliance of groups including farmers, churches, unions, and doctors. The groups are asking all political parties to commit to the policies outlined in the Statement, which are aimed at tackling the State’s rising pollution and transitioning to a renewable energy economy.