Politics

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.

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.

Heyfield mill: Victorian Government signs agreement to buy Gippsland sawmill

Monday, July 3, 2017

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The Victorian Government is expected to formally announce the deal to purchase the mill later today. (ABC News: Stephanie Anderson)

The Victorian Government has struck a deal to keep open Australia's largest hardwood sawmill, at Heyfield in Victoria's east, but workers are warning up to 20 contractors could be out of work in weeks.

Dead koala found in logging coupe reignites push for new protected national park

Saturday, June 24, 2017

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A dead koala has been found between fallen trees in a logged forest that the Andrews government could have protected – had it not ignored advice from its own scientific committee.

The Sunday Age has obtained graphic images of the lifeless animal slumped over branches in the Acheron Valley north of Warburton, in a confronting example of the potential impact of logging in Victoria.

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