Economics of Logging

VicForests – the scandals!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The report to Treasury on the performance of VicForests was revealed in late February via an FOI by the Age newspaper. >Read it here. . It details much of their mismanagement and appalling behaviour. They have illegally logged forests, not adhered to their charter, not regenerated thousands of hectares of logged forest, lost millions of public money and of course thumbed their nose at environmental regulations.

Brumby must follow in Gunns moral footsteps

Friday, September 10, 2010

The momentous announcement by Tasmania’s logging giant Gunns, to move out of all native forests should have a major impact on Victoria’s and Gippsland’s logging future.

“Just as the woodchip industry is suffering its biggest downturn in decades, just as the Supreme Court ruled in favour of endangered wildlife protection over logging, Victoria’s largest sawmiller, Gunns, has decided to shift out of native forests and into plantation logging”, said Jill Redwood from EEG.

130 timber jobs axed in plantation sector

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Carter Holt Harvey, a plantation wood processing company in South Australia's southeast told its workers it will will axe another 130 jobs, after last year cutting 90 jobs at the plywood plant. If this is happening in the plantation processing sector, which supplies 80% of all building products in Australia, the native forest sector must also be feeling the pinch.

Add to this, the demise of ther export woodchip market and no wonder there's such a push to develop wood-fired power plants in areas like East Gippsland and Eden.

A sorry state of forest affairs

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Sponsored and praised by logging unions and supporter groups like VAFI, Australia's State of the Forests Report 2008 was launched at Bairnsdale's Auswest sawmill in late May - a pertinent location.

Intended to be 'an essential reference for policy makers and the wider community,' the five-yearly forest audit reads more like a marketing brochure pitching pro-logging views, decorated with poor science. It urges us to 'use Australian forest products with pride' whilst delivering the bad news in a most auspicious way.

‘Sawlog driven’ - my arse!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Recently, a Freedom of Information request of VicForests showed that at least 85% of our native forests are used for cheap throw-away paper and cardboard. The last VicForests Annual Report revealed that we tax payers are aiding the industry to log our native forests. This is on top of their existing subsidies. Now we learn that almost 4,745 MCGs of Victoria’s native forests (9,000 ha) are lost to chainsaws every year and most is woodchipped.


Friday, December 14, 2007

The headline in the Sunday Age in early December 2007 was 'How to turn $99 million worth of trees into a $17,000 loss'. VicForests was exposed as incompetent economic managers of our public forests. Even with a state government gift of tens of millions of dollars to get it set up, it's still not profitable to cut down native forests.

A new era has begun. We have the combined trilogy of; 1) serious climate shift, 2) plantation wood in abundance and 3) a logging industry that continues to rely on public welfare to make a profit.