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January 2018

Dear ,

Happy New Year! This is the year where together, we can protect Australia’s wild places from the bulldozers and the chainsaws.

In 2017, we achieved great things together. We put Australia’s deforestation crisis on the national agenda. We convinced the Queensland Labor Government to promise new laws to fix its out of control rates of forest and bushland destruction. It was a massive year.

And this year, we’ve got our work cut out for us. In Queensland, we know that lobbyists will be trying to water down Labor’s promise, haggling for loopholes. We will need to stick together and keep fighting to protect Queensland’s forests and bushland, and the beautiful wildlife that call them home.

Can you share this image on Facebook to remind the Queensland Premier to end deforestation like she promised?


And we’ve uncovered that deforestation is skyrocketing in NT, NSW and WA. This demolition of forest and bushland is happening out of sight—mostly for urban development, mining or large-scale agricultural projects.

As we did in Queensland, we’re going to blow the lid off deforestation and channel our shared love of nature into an irresistible force for change across Australia. We need environment laws that work and we politicians that are prepared to lead.

Share this image on facebook to stand together this year and end the destruction—and I know we can.



For the forests,

Lyndon Schneiders
National Director, The Wilderness Society

P.S. This year, the campaign for new national environment laws—laws that actually protect nature—is ramping up. Read Lenore Taylor’s excellent piece in the Guardian that gets to the heart of the issue (and watch the video).


The risks are too great

The Western Australian fracking industry is relatively new, but serious gas leaks and spills have already been reported. Overseas and interstate experience shows gas wells fail over time. The risks are so serious that the Western Australian Government has already committed to a moratorium on fracking.

The scientific evidence shows that, no matter how well regulated the industry is, accidents happen. And those accidents have unacceptable consequences for our water, wildlife and health. Sending a submission is easy—please let the WA Government know that fracking has no place here.


Build a wall—make the emus pay

The WA Department of Agriculture is relentlessly pursuing a proposal to bulldoze over 800 hectares of native bushland to extend the State Barrier Fence (aka Rabbit Proof Fence) in WA’s south. The Rabbit Proof Fence failed—and the new fence—this time to keep out wild dogs, dingoes and emus—will cause serious harm for wildlife.

You can help put a stop to the State Barrier Fence extension proposal by sending in a submission today.

Tasmania election called for 3 March—fund our TV ad!

On Sunday, Premier Will Hodgman announced Tasmania’s election will be on Saturday, 3 March. We have 33 days to make sure Tasmanians get the full picture about what’s at stake for their environment this election.

In Tassie election campaigns, the airwaves are dominated by spin and cashed up industry groups.

So we’ve teamed up with one of Australia’s best ad agencies to make hard-hitting TV ads that give clear, straightforward information about the big issues.

You can get these TV ads in front of thousands of Tasmanians by donating $10 today.

Donate $10 now

Photo of the month

IMAGE: McKenzie River Rainforest Walk in Victoria | @rich_picture via Instagram.

For a chance to see your own wilderness photo in the next issue of Wild News, share your nature photos with us via Instagram using the hashtag #NatureWeLove or email it to by 21 February 2018 with your name and short description. Good luck! Read the terms and conditions.

Watch this

“We’ve been told a heap of porkies.” Shane Joyce is a QLD farmer with a strong message and decades of data to back it up. Find out how letting trees grow back has restored natural systems and made his land more productive. Watch on Facebook

Wild shop

Wilderness Society calendars and diaries are 20% off until 31 January. Stocks are limited, so grab yours now and start planning your 2018 adventures. Click here to go to the online store.

Have you heard?

Australia a ‘global embarrassment’?

“Deeply inadequate.” “A global embarrassment.” That’s how environment groups are describing the Australian Government’s latest strategy to stop species extinction. Read more

Rediscovered after a long absence!

After being presumed extinct in the north-west of NSW, the crest-tailed mulgara has been rediscovered. Read more

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