Logging Industry

How much can a Koala bear?

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The formal status of Australia’s Koalas was delivered on 30th April by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke. The long-awaited for declaration announced that Queensland, NSW and the ACT will have their koala’s listed as vulnerable under the national environment protection law. But koalas in South Australia and Victoria are excluded. However, if these Koalas, with their new status, happen to live where the states want to clearfell their forest - that’s OK.

Illegal logging is gutting the globe: why isn’t Australia acting?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Illegal logging of the world’s forests is going on at a rate of 30 football fields a second. It enriches criminal gangs and corporations. People speaking out against it have been gunned down. Its profits and power rivals the illegal drug trade.

Of the 15 top timber-producing nations, two-thirds lose over half of their timber to illegal loggers, with some losing up to 90%.

Most of it ends up in developed countries like Australia (which also takes part in a scaled down version of similar practices itself)

Logging to be halved in Gippsland

Friday, September 2, 2011

VicForests will not award 8 of the 16 logging contracts from the latest tender process because of market conditions.

A Central Gippsland contractor says at least 7 forest contractors will lose their businesses and about 40 forest workers and drivers will lose their jobs.

It will also be difficult to sell millions of dollars of redundant machinery because of the decline in the industry.

VicForests said the decision was made to provide some contractors greater certainty and will give the unsuccessful tenderers "the opportunity to seek work elsewhere”. !

Logging lobby group gives itself an award

Monday, November 15, 2010

community engagementBob Humphries has run the biggest woodchip mill in East Gippsland and has operated his Cann River mill for the past 40 years.

Bob Humphries is also the President of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI). This is the state's lobby group for harassing the government to give them more forest to clearfell and for producing plenty of questionable information for the public.

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.