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AEF analysis of the proposal to amend the Tasmanian World Heritage Area nomination by the Australian Government

A report released on March 12th 2014 by the AEF demonstrates that the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area 'minor boundary' nomination by the Gillard government is deeply flawed and should be amended as proposed by the Abbott government.  The report can be read here.

AEF submission to the Senate Inquiry into Excessive Noise from Wind Farms Bill 2012

The Senate Environment & Communications Legislation Committee conducted an inquiry into a private members bill tabled by Senators Madigan and Xenophon which sought to amend the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act to limit excessive noise from wind farms and require noise data to be posted on the internet to assist with noise monitoring and compliance. 

The AEF submission can be read here

AEF submission to the NSW Legislative Council Inquiry into Public Land Management   July 2012

A copy of the AEF submission can be found here

Australia's Unappreciated and Maligned Fisheries.  May 2012

Australian marine waters encompass a vast variety and quantity of marine life encircling the globe’s largest island, enabling Australia to lay claim to the world’s third largest Exclusive Economic Zone.

Almost without exception, away from coastal and tourist influences, these waters are pristine, rarely visited and are home to the same number of fish species today as at European settlement.

However this is not the story told or believed by most Australians due to campaigns by Australian and international green groups to ‘save’ our marine waters, reefs and fish species.  These campaigns are directed at achieving vast increases in Marine Protected Areas which would see Australia, by itself, creator of about half of the world’s marine protected areas.  These new MPA’s will offer no net benefit from an environmental or economic viewpoint to the Australian people.

Proposals for extraordinary increases to MPA’s have motivated the Australian Environment Foundation to request marine biologist Dr Walter Starck to prepare this report on Australia’s fisheries and their management, and the effects of proposed MPA’s.

AEF submission on NSW Planning Guidelines for Wind Farms March 2012

A copy of the AEF submission to the NSW government on the draft Planning Guidelines for Wind Farms can be found here

Plugging the Murray River's Mouth: The Interrupted Evolution of a Barrier Estuary

AEF commissioned Dr Jennifer Marohasy to prepare a report on the geomorphologic history of the Murray River's terminal Lower Lakes and Estuary.  The history and management of the Lakes are a key issue in the development of policy and plans for water management in the Murray Darling basin.  The report can be viewed here

AEF submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Social & Economic Impact of Rural Wind Farms  February 2011

A copy of the AEF submission can be found here

AEF submission to the House of Representatives Regional Australia Committee Inquiry into the Murray Darling Basin  December 2010

A copy of the AEF submission can be found here

AEF submission to the Senate Inquiry into Native Vegetation Laws, Greenhouse Gas Abatement and Climate Change Measures  March 2010

A copy of the AEF submission can be found here

Organic food loses the high-ground

An article by AEF member David Leyonhjelm published in the Business Spectator 3 June 2010

Less than Half Support an ETS

See AEF media release

Listen to Max Rheese interviewed on 2GB



A Public Land Rights Rally was held in Echuca on October 5th 2008 to protest against the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council proposals for the red gum forests of the Murray River.

2000 marchers, a number of them AEF members, blocked the traffic in High Street Echuca and brought the town to a standstill.  Local people and visitors alike clapped and cheered as the march led by dozens of Barmah cattlemen on their horses proceeded to the local park to hear speakers denounce the proposals that if implemented will see selective timber harvesting, controlled grazing and campfires in the holiday period all banned from new parks.

Nearby state forests at Nyah are already declining in health, even though grazing has been excluded for only six years.  Parasitic native cherry, Exocarpus strictus is sweeping through the forest and forming dense stands, affecting the vigour of the red gums.


The Rivers & Red Gum Environment Alliance launched its alternative plan to the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council [VEAC] proposals for the River Red Gum Forests of the Murray River at the Victorian Parliament on Thursday July 31st 2008.

The AEF is one of the 25 organisations that make up the Alliance and contributed to the compilation of the report.

The major recommendation of the Alliance Conservation & Community Plan is the creation of 104,700 hectares of Ramsar Reserves to allow for multiple use management of the forests and a higher level of biodiversity conservation.  Read more on the launch and the Alliance plan here