Forest Issues

License buy-back ignores woodchips

Thursday, September 5, 2002

In late August, Minister in charge of logging, Sherryl Garbutt, announced the intention to offer Victorias 58 sawmill owners money in return for their promised allocation of logs (didnt we hear this same thing six months ago?). However, the offer ignores the woodchip licences. The government is still operating under the illusion that chips are simply a by-product of logging. Even John Brumby needed a drawing done before he understood that this wasn't the case.

The woodchip gang of four

Monday, September 2, 2002

Banks help destroy old growth

In another first for corporate Australia, The Wilderness Society along with over 500 shareholders in four big banks (ANZ, Westpac, CBA and National Australia Bank) have called for a halt to all investment in old growth logging. This is the first time that all four banks have been formally requested to discuss their part in forest destruction.

As a result, banks will have to send a copy of the resolution to approximately 2.5 million shareholders raising the issue of environmental responsibility.

What the new Federal RFA Bill means

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Up until March 14th, the RFAs were merely an agreement, not legally binding documents. Labor and Liberals worked like best mates to railroad this legislation through in an early morning Canberra sitting. Its passage was met by a huge cheer from both parties. It successfully allows the Feds to wash their hands of any responsibility on forests. If they do step in to save an area for World Heritage or due to a new discovery, we, the public, will have to pay the logging industry truck loads for them not to log it - also called compensation.


Thursday, August 1, 2002

Will you still love me tomorrow? In the morning after the $300M Regional Forest Agreements party, Australia's woodchippers answer with a resounding "no".

Never a generous suitor, the woodchipping industry has now all but deserted Australia's political parties. The Forest Products Association (FPA) has even dumped Fred Nile!

With twenty years of woodchipping safely in the RFA bag, they are virtually invisible on the latest list of political donors. Invisible, that is, except for the loggers union, the CFMEU.

Experimental Quoll killing

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

After the success of Japans scientific whaling, WAs scientific ringtail possum logging (see p.6) and Victorias scientific potoroo logging, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is planning to drop poison baits in the Byadbo and Pilot Wilderness Areas in the Kosciuszko National Park to see if it kills the known Quoll colony there, while targeting wild dogs.

Out of Old Growth say East Gippslanders!

Monday, July 1, 2002

Two out of three East Gippsland residents want an end to old growth logging.
This was the sentiment expressed when an opinion poll was carried out in April after the Goolengook camp was raided and the forests logged.

East Gippsland has traditionally been a very conservative region. Politicians have cultivated and pandered to this image for decades. But now this poll destroys the myth that they are merely reflecting community attitudes. The clear majority want an end to old growth logging, and a phasing in of plantations for timber needs.

One CROEG clown destroys the RFAs credibility and Victoria's RFA reference groups

Monday, July 1, 2002

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) set up a sham called the RFA Reference Groups. These groups were to help implement those bedraggled embarrassments concocted as Regional Forest Agreements. There were three groups set up; the Otways, East Gippsland and the Wombat group.

I nominated for and was accepted onto the group for East Gippsland. The group comprised of six logging industry representatives and six non-logging community members (farmer, tourism operator, a vet, a business person, a scientist and moi).