Landcare lessons launch into the 2015 Australian Curriculum

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landcareeducationCelebrity chef Matt Moran and former governor-general Major General Michael Jeffery have endorsed an Australian-first approach to education at today's launch of Landcare in the Curriculum, by the Primary Industries Education Foundation (PIEF) and Landcare Australia.

As the 2014 school year nears its conclusion, Landcare Australia and PIEF have produced the Landcare resources for the Australian Curriculum in an Australian first.

The curriculum resources include full lesson plans comprising engaging and easy-to-understand teaching and learning sequences in time for the 2015 school year, initially aimed at primary schools.

More than $2 billion of new funding needed to stop pollution harming the Reef

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wwfFor the first time in the Reef's history detailed work has assessed the level of investment needed to tackle one its greatest threats – pollution from Reef catchments.

A new report puts that figure at $785 million of new investment over the next five years and more than $2 billion over the next 15 years.

The Reef Regions Investment Plan has been developed by the six Natural Resource Management groups that operate alongside the Reef.

Agforce election policies will damage National Parks

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cattlegrazingThe National Parks Association of Queensland (NPAQ) completely rejects calls by Agforce for a grazing program on national parks to assist with controlling weeds and fire.

NPAQ Executive Coordinator Paul Donatiu said that "Agforce have repeatedly pointed out that many national parks were previously large areas of remnant vegetation found on grazing properties.

Many weeds in our national parks have come from the past management of ex-grazing land. Agforce can't have its cake and eat it too."

National Gallery Victoria to host outdoor sculpture garden 'Rock Melt'

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jaimenorthAt National Gallery Victoria International, six monumental rock columns entwined with native flora will reach skywards in Federation Court from Friday 27 March, 2015.

Inspired by Federation Court's bluestone architecture and its former history as an outdoor sculpture garden, 'Rock Melt' is a major new commission by Sydney-based artist Jamie North.

Constructed from recycled slag (a bi-product of smelting iron ore) and concrete, Rock Melt consists of a group of columns of ranging height that stand up to 5 metres tall.

WWF welcomes first Reef policy of the 2015 election campaign

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wwfWWF-Australia today welcomed the first Reef policy of the 2015 election campaign with the ALP announcing it aims to cut farm chemical pollution by up to 80% within a decade.

The ALP policy includes $100 million in new funding, the establishment of a Task Force, the investigation of a water quality trading scheme, support for Best Management Practice, and smart regulations.

Animal ethics for kids: humane education project wins two grants

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kindnessclubA small not-for-profit project run by volunteer teachers, activists and writers from all over the country has taken out two grant awards to expand their work in the new year.

ThinkKind, a humane education website that publishes free curriculum-linked resources to help teachers introduce young students to animal ethics, has won a Voiceless Grant Award and an Impact Grant from the Pollination Project.

2014: Record breaking heat shows we need to act on climate change

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acflogoThe Bureau of Meteorology's Annual Climate Statement, released today, provides more compelling evidence that Australia must take strong action on climate change, said Australian Conservation Foundation.

The key finding that 2014 was Australia's 3rd hottest year on record characterised by frequent heatwaves and extreme storms provides further compelling evidence that climate change is already having a severe impact in Australia and elsewhere, and is only going to get worse unless we take action.

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