Brown Mountain

Brown Mountain - final court orders

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Environment East Gippsland has welcomed the final orders in the Brown Mountain landmark trial handed down in the Supreme Court on the 14th September.

“VicForests must pay 90% of our costs, as well as all their own costs, for this very long and expensive trial.

"DSE will need to undertake a series of surveys for two species of frogs and the spot tailed quoll in the coupes, there must be a review of protection areas for Sooty and Powerful owls and special conservation zones must be created for two species of gliders and the potoroo.

Win for forests in Supreme Court

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In a landmark decision today, the Supreme Court has found that the government has a responsibility to look for and protect endangered wildlife before logging in the contentious Brown Mountain forests of East Gippsland.

This judgment has implications for all native forests that are set to be destroyed by logging,” said EEG spokesperson Jill Redwood.

The Brown Mountain landmark trial has begun!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

After months of preparation, our legal team and supporters have gathered in Sale and begun the two-week Brown Mountain landmark trial.

Everything is going very well so far. It's difficult to report on a hearing that is in progress, particularly since we are the plaintiff, so this article might lack a few things.

Our lead barrister, Debbie Mortimer SC, spent Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning in Court outlining what we say are the facts and the law, in a fascinating opening submission.

Brown Mt Background & General Information

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Timeline - EEG vs VicForests - Brown Mountain

12th August 2009

EEG requests Environment Minister Jennings to make an interim conservation order under the FFGA to protect Brown Mt and adjoining forests as a critical habitat due to a number of threatened species.

19th August 2009

Letter to Jennings asking for an urgent reply to 12th Aug letter by 21st August as we believed VicForests were planning to log the area in question.

Brown Mountain's rare wildlife in landmark court case

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Environment East Gippsland has taken the bold move to sue the Victorian government's logging monopoly, VicForests in a bid to save what remains of Brown Mountains old growth and rare wildlife.

In September 2009, this group's application for an interim injunction to stop the planned logging of old growth forests on Brown Mountain was granted.
The main case will be heard in March 2010 and is set down to run for ten days.

Court upholds public interest in Brown Mountain forest proceedings

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Supreme Court today refused VicForests' application for up to $163,000 in security from a small environment group. VicForests was asking for this sum to be secured before a court injunction is granted to stop logging on Brown Mountain.

"If EEG had been required to pay such a large sum of money, it could have stifled an important piece of public interest litigation", said EEG spokesperson Jill Redwood.

EEG v VICFORESTS IN SUPREME COURT

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Landmark court case could alter forest management for rare wildlife

On Tuesday 25th August 2009 Environment East Gippsland commenced proceedings against VicForests in the Supreme Court of Victoria asking the Court for a permanent injunction to stop VicForests from logging Brown Mountain. We are also asking the Court to declare that the logging of Brown Mountain is unlawful.

Brown Mountain Potoroo Proves Jennings Wrong

Monday, August 24, 2009

Immediate protection for Brown Mountain’s forests, under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act has been triggered by an endangered species. The very same day that Environment Minister Gavin Jennings declared there were no Potoroos at Brown Mountain (Friday 21st August), the image of a Long-footed Potoroo was captured on infra-red movement sensing cameras (pictures available).

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