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Category: Environment

Fracking ban supported, but the mechanism remains questionable

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (15:04): I am pleased to have this rather unexpected opportunity to actually speak on this bill after narrowly missing out on Wednesday afternoon. I am delighted to have the opportunity, and as the member for Warrandyte indicated during that earlier debate, the opposition has indicated that it is supporting the bill. We are supporting the bill because of the policy, our opposition to fracking, our opposition to the exploitation of unconventional gas.

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Why Has the Andrews Govt Abandoned Mount Martha North Beach?

MR MORRIS (Mornington) (11:43): (5473) My question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. I have frequently raised the issue of sand loss and erosion at Mount Martha North beach, most recently via an adjournment matter on 12 November last year. In her response the minister claimed that despite strong community support the construction of a groyne to protect the beach would not be effective in keeping sand on it. The Department of

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Time for Brayne to stand up for his community

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (13:43): Eleven months ago I alerted the house to a proposal to develop a huge new quarry on the slopes of Arthurs Seat. The proposal is to extract 70 million tonnes of granite from this highly visible site, and if the quarry proceeds it will simply create an enormous scar—an enormous pit that will scar the landscape forever. This is not the first major industrial project we have seen in this green wedge

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Tackling Climate Change – Committee Report

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (10:39): I am pleased to have the opportunity to rise to make a few comments on the Inquiry into Tackling Climate Change in Victorian Communities report, a report of the Environment and Planning Committee that was tabled this morning. In many ways for me I guess this was a return to what I thought was committee normalcy. When I came into the Parliament I was on the Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee,

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Shire Hall Beach – Time for action!

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (19:17): (4814) I raise a matter this evening for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Last sitting week I raised the issue of the Mount Martha north beach renourishment program that is going on there, funded by the federal government and implemented by the state government, and expressed some concerns about logistical and consultative issues and the arrangements that have been put in place for that. This week I raise

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Time for coopration from Minister on Mount Martha North Beach

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (17:20): (4787) I raise a matter for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, and the action I seek from the minister is that she work collaboratively with the Mount Martha beach stakeholder group to establish an agreed plan to renourish the beach and to undertake further protection works. As I have mentioned on many occasions, this is a highly sensitive coastal system. We have had sustained loss for probably close

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Protecting our Forests

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (12:47): I am pleased to rise to open the second-reading debate on the Forests Legislation Amendment (Compliance and Enforcement) Bill 2019. This is not a terribly complicated piece of legislation. As I think the explanatory memorandum says, this is about making a number of changes to the regulation of timber harvesting and firewood collection, and that is a fair summary of the contents of the bill. Before I start to move into the

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Speedy Planning Action Needed to Protect Green Wedge

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (19:10): (1892) I raise a matter this evening for the Minister for Planning, and I am delighted to see the minister at the table. The matter I raise is amendment C270 to the Mornington Peninsula planning scheme, which the minister probably is not aware of yet because the council only resolved on this on 17 February.

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