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Mountain Views

Tuesday, 12 July, 2022


Update in Macca’s VCAT appeal

Call for more youth voices

Local claims big win in the desert race




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Great achievement 1st Healesville Scout Group Venturer member Ella McNair is celebrating a great achievement after she successfully received her Queen Scout Honour. It’s the first time in almost forty years for a member to receive the prestigious honour, following the last recipient Debra Hosking in 1983. To receive the badge, a Venturer must complete 300 hours of service across two sections, completing 13 badges in the Venturer Award section and four in the Queen Scout section. Read the full story on page 8 Ella McNair has received her Queen Scout Honour, the first time for a Heaelesville Scout Group member to achieve this in almost 40 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS years. 282113

Species setback By Callum Ludwig

living all the way down the eastern side of the country from Northern Queensland to Central Victoria. Ms Fox said the unburned areas of Victoria are critical refuges not only for the Greater Glider, but many other threatened species. “We need to protect them, we need to continually be vigilant about this, it’s urgent that we are going to be losing the biodiversity, we’re going to be losing these animals,” she said. Read the full story on page 5

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devastating 2019 bushfires destroyed nearly two-thirds of the Greater Glider habitat near Gippsland, but nothing has been done to protect the unburned areas in any other parts of the state to provide a lifeline for this animal that is clearly in crisis.” The cute marsupials are cat-sized, with small beady eyes and big ears. They can glide up to 100 metres using a membrane that spreads between their front and back legs. The nocturnal; creatures are unique to Australia,


The native Greater Glider has been moved from vulnerable to endangered status according to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, effective from Tuesday 5 July. Found throughout the Yarra Ranges, particularly in the National Park, the Greater Glider currently has no dedicated federal or state Recovery Plan or relevant threat Abatement Plan according to the Australian Government’s De-

partment for Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water. President of the Warburton Environment organisation Nic Fox said it’s only been five years since the Greater Glider was first considered threatened. “This animal needs to have an action plan and it needs to be protected because this iconic species has been pushed to the brink of extinction,” she said. “I think the main impacts are logging, bushfires and climate change. We know the


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