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Climate change the focus at hearings THE Legislative Assembly’s Environment and Planning Committee will meet at Mornington this week to look into community initiatives to tackle climate change. The public hearing at the Council Chambers, 2 Queen Street, 12.30-3.30pm, Thursday 7 November, is one of a series being held in regional Victoria during November. The committee will hear from the Port Phillip Eco Centre, Bayside Climate Action Group, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and South East Councils Climate Change Alliance. “We’re interested in finding out what’s happening at the local level to tackle climate change and what the Victorian Government can do to support communities take action,” committee chair Darren Cheeseman said. Ahead of the public hearing, the committee

will visit a sustainable living centre and a local business that has used environmental upgrade finance to fund energy efficiency initiatives. “Seeing firsthand some of the community initiatives that are being rolled out will help the committee as it determines the recommendations it can make to help support communities in dealing with and mitigating the impact of climate change,” Mr Cheeseman said. Later public hearings will be held at Geelong and Warrnambool followed by Melbourne, Mildura, Shepparton and Wangaratta. The committee has received more than 140 submissions to the inquiry which it posts on its website. A comments box welcomes public comments on issues raised in submissions or at the public hearings.

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Listen out for the frogs’ call CHILDREN on the Mornington Peninsula are invited to help find our missing frogs during FrogID Week, 8-17 November. The citizen-science project being run by the Australian Museum aims to collect audio of frog calls to monitor their populations and help save threatened frog species. So far, FrogID has identified more than 116,000 frog calls and identified 187 of the known 240 Australian frog species. Last year, more than nearly 7000 frogs from 95 species were recorded. The second annual FrogID Week aims to build on the critical data gathered from last year and find frog species missing from the museum’s audio database. Frog species being sought include the rockhole frog, tylers toadlet, wrinkled toadlet, northern spadefoot, shoemaker frog, peron’s tree frog and

the motorbike frog (so called because it’s call sounds like a motorbike engine). Amphibian and reptile conservation biologist Dr Jodi Rowley said the recorded calls were vital in understanding what species are where; and how they are being impacted by changes to their environments. “We need as many recorded frog calls as possible in order to build our database and compare year-on-year information,” she said. “Get outside at dusk or after rain to listen for frogs and send us their calls – it’s simple to do and you’ll be helping to save Australia’s frogs.” To take part, download the free FrogID app on your phone and head outside to listen for frogs. When you hear a frog, record the sound with the FrogID app and submit it to the FrogID program. Find out more at frogid.net.au

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