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Leaving only the ASH

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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The Andrews Government is torn between helping a group of workers in a small country town fighting for their jobs and caving in to a group of Melbourne investors happy for taxpayers to relieve them of their responsibilities, writes Michael Spencer.

The problem for the Andrews Government is that if it caves in to pressure over the Heyfield sawmill, what is the precedent that will be set? Why shouldn’t it then help workers at milk factories in northern Victoria, or any other rural business facing closure?

Heyfield’s claims for government assistance are weaker than most. When Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) bought the Heyfield sawmill from Gunns Limited in 2012, it was already damaged goods.

Endangered animals threatened by logging, environment groups allege

Sunday, September 10, 2017

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Victoria's state-owned logging company breached rules protecting native animals and rainforests almost 30 times over three years, environment groups allege in a new report.

The report comes after a dead koala was found in a logged section of forest in the Acheron Valley near Marysville that was home to the endangered Greater Glider.

The Greater Glider is in decline with environmentalists concerned about continued logging. Photo: Supplied

As revealed by Fairfax Media earlier this year the state government could have protected the region but ignored advice from its own scientific committee.

Now the latest report alleges there were 27 cases of logging in East Gippsland and the Central Highlands in the past three years that breached an environmental code of practice.

The code is designed to guard rare, threatened and protected animals and forest types, including rainforests.

Greater gliders: fears of 'catastrophic' consequences from logging in Victoria

Thursday, September 7, 2017

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Gliders listed as threatened by both state and federal governments, but they are not protected by legislation

Greater gliders are threatened by logging in the central highlands of Victoria. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Logging has begun in trees inhabited by the threatened greater gliders in a forest also inhabited by Victoria’s faunal emblem, the threatened Leadbeater’s possum.

Regional Forest Agreements fail to meet their aims

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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Species declines and unsustainable forestry evident under RFAs
Pr. David Lindenmayer, ANU; Ann Jelinek, Nature Focus Victoria; Oisin Sweeney, National Parks Association of NSW
 
  • The 20-year Regional Forest Agreements between State and Commonwealth governments are due for renewal. They aim to allow native forest harvesting while providing for conservation and future industry.
  • RFA legislative framing precludes important federal legislation, reducing protection for native species of conservation concern.
  • RFAs have comprehensively failed to achieve their key aims. Instead, vertebrate species declines, timber overharvesting, and forest instability is evident. Industry future is uncertain.

Malcolm Turnbull caves in to Tasmanian loggers

Saturday, September 2, 2017

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Last weekend, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull flew to Launceston for the Tasmanian Liberals’ yearly conference.

Accompanied by Premier Will Hodgman, Turnbull’s first stop was the timber yard of logging company Neville-Smith Forest Products, once a part of the now-fallen Gunns logging empire. Twenty years after John Howard signed the first Regional Forest Agreement with Tasmania, Turnbull was in town to give Tasmania’s loggers all they wanted for the next 20 years and more. There was not a protester in sight.

Wildlife killed by department burn in fauna reserve

Monday, July 17, 2017

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A planned burn near Stratford had a sad result for a colony of rare New Holland mice.

THE state environment department has defended its fire management practice which led to the incineration of a colony of rare New Holland mice.

In early May, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and Forest Five Management Victoria carried out a burn in the Providence Ponds Flora and Fauna Reserve near Stratford.

The reserve is one of only three Victorian places where the endangered New Holland mouse lives.

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