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State Government Legal Reforms concerning Nature

The current Victorian Minister for the Environment, the Honorable Lisa Neville, appears keen to introduce a more progressive and effective government approach to conserving nature. These issues are at the core of IFFA’s purpose. Feedback from you and IFFA could help maximise the benefits.

For the next month-and-a-bit, the government seeks public feedback about two regulatory reforms that are under review:

  • The statewide planning permit controls over removal of native vegetation on properties larger than 0.4 hectares (about one acre); and
  • The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Strategy, whose current (1997) version was published under the title, ‘Victoria’s Biodiversity Strategy’.

The IFFA committee is analysing the reforms and expects to make formal submissions. We’re letting you know at this early stage so that you can start preparing yourself to make your own submissions and perhaps to help formulate IFFA’s submissions and lobby your local Council to make a submission. We are thinking of a member’s meeting in a few weeks’ time. We will send you further details in a week or so.

In the meantime,

Update on IFFA's responses to State Government Legal Reforms concerning Nature

IFFA has recently completed submissions to the Victorian State Government's:

Comments and submissions on both of these papers have now closed, however, we would like to share the responses IFFA has put forward:

March 2016 Indigenotes Out Now

We are pleased to announce the latest issue of Indigenotes, the newsletter of the Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association.

In this issue:

  • Introducing IFFA's new President, Dr. Graeme Lorimer.

September Indigenotes Out Now

We are pleased to announce the release of Indigenotes 26:2, September, 2015.

In this issue of Indigenotes:

  • Floral tributes as Brian reflects on the connections between art, nature and health and we take a look at flowers from Falls Creek and from a piping bag.

Plant and Insect Relationships - Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

23/11/2014 9:30 am

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Plant & Insect Relationships!

Sunday 23 November 2014

9:30 am for 10 am Start; – conclude at approx. 4:30 pm
Auditorium, Australian Garden, RBG Cranbourne

The relationship between insects and plants is indeed a very fascinating aspect of nature.  If you would like to gain a greater insight into this phenomenon then you should make every effort to come along to what promises to be a very exciting workshop.

September Indigenotes Out Now

We are pleased to announce the release of this election edition of Indigenotes Indigenotes.

  • Brian Bainbridge get political in a Presidents letter that explores and compares some key policies of the major parties in the upcoming State election.
  • Michelle Arundell pays tribute to the life of Elizabeth Henry.

Terrick Terrick National Park Activities Weekend


The grasslands of Victoria's northern plains are some of our most endangered and unique ecosystems. Home to a plethora of stunning wildflowers and rare flora and fauna, a trip to these areas in spring is a must for any lover of the natural world. On the weekend of the 3-5th October, the Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park will be holding their annual activities weekend, where all are welcome to come and camp at the old homestead and take part in a variety of fun and educational activities (and it is all free!).

June 2014 Indigenotes

Fabulous fungi, working on weeds and standards in ecological restoration. This and more in this mid-winter issue of Indigenotes.

  • Brian Bainbridge looks at the work being done by the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) to develop a set of national principles and standards around ecological restoration and allied practices.

Plant Blindness test

Plant blindness is the inability of people to see or notice the plants in their own environment. The term is from a theory put together by Wandersee & Schussler (1999).

Plants have enormous importance in our biosphere and in human affairs. Individual species each have unique biological and aesthetic features. Humans though tend to be anthropocentric, and rank plants as even more inferior than other animals. This attitude is part of plant blindness.

Principles and standards for Ecological Restoration and Rehabilitation

Can one set of standards and principles apply across a field as broad as Ecological restoration?

Can they embrace the work of volunteers and professionals, NGOs, government agencies and multinational corporates? Can one set meet the needs of a tiny urban reserve Friends group, a marine park manager, a director of mine rehabilitation and visionaries of continental habitat corridors?

The recently established Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) is developing just such a set of principles and standards.

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