Logging Industry

Victorian native forest timber offered at discount price to Japanese mill

Friday, July 17, 2015

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Australian Paper Morwell

Australia Paper worker Darrin Canning at the Morwell site. Photo Jason South

Victoria's native timber was offered to a Japanese-owned paper mill at a discounted fixed price as part of a secret government deal to end a protracted multimillion-dollar dispute over unpaid debts.

Forestry agreements need a full overhaul, not just a tick and flick

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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Regional Forest Agreements were supposed to give certainty to both loggers and conservationists. But they haven’t. Pengo/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY

For almost two decades, the management of forests in parts of Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales has been underpinned by state and federal Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs), defined as “20-year plans for the conservation and sustainable management of Australia’s native forests”.

The broad aim of RFAs is to “provide certainty for forest-based industries, forest-dependent communities and conservation”. RFAs are now up for renewal, and it would certainly be in industry advocates' interest for them to be simply “ticked off”, without the critical scrutiny that is clearly warranted.

The RFAs need to be fully reviewed, not just renewed, because they have had highly perverse outcomes – rather than helping to ease environmental problems, the agreements have actually worsened them in some cases.

Mechanical fuel reduction trial to be rolled out across Victoria

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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A NEW method of fuel reduction — physically removing trees, shrubs and undergrowth on public land — will be trialled across Victoria as part of bushfire prevention.

Its called mechanical fuel reduction

Picture: David Caird

“Mechanical fuel reduction” is widely used in the US and Canada as a move away from solely relying on burning off during winter.

Prime Minister Tony Abb­ott last week announced $1.5 million to fund trials in Victoria, NSW and Queensland as part of the National Bushfire Mitigation Program.

The trial will examine the effectiveness of the method in forests close to towns or where conservation values could be compromised by fuel reduction burning.