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Endangered owls have legal win

Friday, July 17, 2015

The day after the national Threatened Species Summit ends, a Supreme Court case brought by Environment East Gippsland has reached an out of court settlement The case challenged logging in threatened owl habitat by the state government's Environment Department and VicForests, which have now agreed to set aside over 2,000 ha.

VicForests must go

Friday, May 29, 2015

Tax-payer sponsored environmental demolition must end and VicForests must be relegated to history, is the message Environment East Gippsland is sending to the Victorian Government after the exposé that $5.5 million “Community Service Obligation” is funding public forest destruction annually in the region.

“Environment groups are feeling vindicated across the state after decades of highlighting this fact and denial by VicForests”, said Jill Redwood of EEG. “We have to thank the whistle-blower within VicForests for helping uncover the scandal”.

RETs and Gippsland forests

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Abbott governments plan to define the burning of native forest logs in electricity generators as a ‘renewable energy’ under the planned RET scheme is under sustained attack from environment groups.

“The ALP leader, Bill Shorten is also refusing to make a clear commitment that would ensure native forests will not be power station fodder for years to come”, said Jill Redwood from EEG.

Thinning trials could create a ring of bonfires around towns

Friday, April 10, 2015

The $1.5 million grant to trail logging as a means of bushfire mitigation by the Abbott Government is a suspicious attempt to dress up fire control as another logging industry subsidy, says a regional conservation group.

Environment East Gippsland says that the Australian Forests Products Association has been lobbying for this for a long time.

Eco-timber certification label loses eco-credibility

Friday, October 24, 2014

An East Gippsland sawmill is in the process of applying for the very same timber certification label that has been condemned by environment groups across the country this week, after the logging of WA’s 600 year old Karri forests was given a ‘green tick’.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a global timber certifying body which outsources the inspection of forest logging operations. The auditors measure a number of criteria to ensure the wood is obtained in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

Environment Groups petition international body

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

As CSIRO announced that Australia is experiencing the fastest rate of mammalian decline in the world, eight environment groups have turned to an international umpire to help combat the Commonwealth Government’s attack on biodiversity laws.

Environment East Gippsland along with the ACF, Lawyers for Forests and Environment Justice Australia is petitioning the Convention on Biodiversity to investigate Australia’s non? compliance with its obligations at international law.

Minister Walsh says ‘Sorry’

Friday, April 18, 2014

Minister Walsh says sorryComments made against a regional environment group have resulted in Minister Peter Walsh stepping back and making a public apology today. The apology to Environment East Gippsland was today published on his parliamentary website and the regional newspaper where it was originally printed.

Baillieu’s bitter swill

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The government’s announcement that it will spend $1.8M to survey for endangered wildlife in Eastern Victoria is like throwing a teaspoon of sugar into a cauldron of bitter swill.

Environment East Gippsland says that this shines the spotlight on the environmental hypocrisy of the Baillieu government.

“The government might be offering $1.8M to look for endangered wildlife but it continues to prop up the logging of its forested habitat to the tune of over $50M a year”. (see VicForests’ Annual Report) said Jill Redwood from Environment East Gippsland.

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