VicForests Exposed

Victorian timber bound for China under secret Andrews Government rescue plan

Monday, July 13, 2015

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VicForests has been left without a market for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of residual timber. Photo: Andrew Quilty

Victoria's low grade native timber could soon be packed into shipping containers bound for China and other cut-price countries for processing under a plan to help ailing state timber company VicForests.

VicForests losing millions, but promises 'no massive forest furnaces' under new RET deal

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Leaked business and corporate plans from Victoria's state-owned forestry business, VicForests, reveal multi-million dollar taxpayer losses and logging operations in parts of the state that 'are not commercial'.

Timber company to benefit as RET deal creates market for unsaleable timber, says VicForests analysis

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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The revised Renewable Energy Target (RET) currently before Parliament would provide a market for otherwise unsaleable timber, according to a document from Victoria's state-owned forestry business, VicForests, obtained by the ABC.

Logging in East Gippsland losing up to $5.5 million a year

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Environmental activists in East Gippsland. Photo: Goongerah Environment Centre Office

Logging in East Gippsland is not commercially viable and cutting down native forests across the region is racking up losses of up to $5.5 million a year, internal government documents reveal.

Environmental group threatened with prosecution

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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rainforest logging East GippslandAn environmental group who discovered evidence of logging in a Gippsland rainforest has been threatened with prosecution.

Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) raised the alarm last month when they discovered trees had been ripped out in a protected area, in the Errinundra National Park

But the State Government found there was insufficient evidence that VicForests had illegally cleared the trees.

Now a State Government official has written to the local environmental group, threatening to prosecute them for trespassing.