Wood clos­ing

Loud voices for cli­mate

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Staff and stu­dents at St Mary of the Angels Sec­ondary Col­lege are join­ing forces and adding their voices to the cam­paign for cli­mate jus­tice through a wide-reach­ing pe­ti­tion which in­cludes hun­dreds of schools and faith-based or­gan­i­sa­tions across the coun­try.

The cam­paign, which is be­ing run through Car­i­tas to­gether with a va­ri­ety of other faith or­gan­i­sa­tions, aims to cre­ate the largest multi-elec­torate pe­ti­tion in Aus­tralia’s his­tory and will in­volve ev­ery mem­ber of par­lia­ment in the coun­try.

‘‘The aim be­hind the pe­ti­tion is to cre­ate a wide-reach­ing voice which is so sig­nif­i­cant that hope­fully, it will be im­pos­si­ble for the gov­ern­ment to ig­nore,’’ St Mary of the Angels Year 12 do­main leader Ruth Bako­gia­nis said.

‘‘Cli­mate change is fast be­com­ing one of the great­est hu­man rights chal­lenges of our gen­er­a­tion and if we don’t take strong and ur­gent ac­tion right now, the re­sults may be ir­re­versible.”

The pe­ti­tion urges to com­mit to deeper and more ur­gent re­duc­tions of green­house emis­sions; de­velop a plan to en­sure Aus­tralia achieves zero net green­house emis­sions well be­fore 2050, and sup­port fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by the tran­si­tion to­wards re­new­able en­ergy and more sus­tain­able land use; and pro­vide ad­di­tional as­sis­tance to help our poor­est neigh­bours adapt to the harm­ful im­pacts of cli­mate change.

It will be pre­sented di­rectly to Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mur­ray Damian Drum on Au­gust 7.

For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria is warn­ing fire­wood col­lec­tors that the au­tumn do­mes­tic fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son will end across the state on Fri­day.

‘‘If peo­ple are need­ing fire­wood for the com­ing win­ter, then they need to do so be­fore the sea­son closes,’’ For­est Fire Op­er­a­tions re­gional man­ager Shaun Lawlor said.

‘‘Make sure fire­wood col­lec­tion is only car­ried out in des­ig­nated col­lec­tion ar­eas.

‘‘If you need help lo­cat­ing do­mes­tic fire­wood des­ig­nated col­lec­tion ar­eas, the For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria web­site has maps of all sites avail­able in the Hume re­gion.’’

Mr Lawlor said FFMV couldn’t guar­an­tee the avail­abil­ity of fire­wood at all sites and would be avail­able in vary­ing sizes and qual­ity, with some sites al­ready closed due to low sup­plies.

‘‘Fire­wood col­lec­tors are re­minded that it is il­le­gal to sell fire­wood col­lected on pub­lic land with­out an ap­pro­pri­ate per­mit or li­cence or to take more than the al­lowed amount,’’ he said.

‘‘Un­der the For­est Act 1958, peo­ple who col­lect fire­wood out­side des­ig­nated fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas or a fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son, take more than the max­i­mum al­low­able amounts or sell fire­wood they have col­lected can face on-thes­pot fines of $607, or a max­i­mum penalty in court of one year im­pris­on­ment or a $7583.50 fine, or both.’’

Peo­ple can re­port in­for­ma­tion about il­le­gal re­moval of fire­wood for sale to DELWP on 136 186 and quote ‘Oper­a­tion Block Split­ter’.

The spring fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son will open on Septem­ber 1. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: www.ffm.vic.gov.au/fire­wood/fire­wood­col­lec­tion-in-your-re­gion

Shar­ing their voice: St Mary of the Angels Sec­ondary Col­lege so­cial jus­tice lead­ers Kate Berend, Liv Soo­ri­arachchi and Jessee Cham­pion join the Aus­trali­aw­ide move­ment pe­ti­tion­ing for change.

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