Logging Industry

Black Hole Timbers

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Black Forest Timbers, the large mill out at Woodend, announced its final closure in the middle of the Federal election campaign in October. This timing made many people suspicious. As one friend put it - "They have been the Zen masters of attracting millions of dollars in public money and never showing anything for it."

They've claimed they needed funds for fancy high tech processing systems to make fancy high-value products.

HowaRudd on forests

Monday, October 1, 2007

Pulpmill poker cartoonKevin Rudd is parroting John Howard on every important issue, including forest destruction. Howard slams the unions whenever he can and Rudd kicks unionists out of the Labor party for swearing. And when it comes to the forestry arm of the CFMEU, these unionists are left alone by both sides of politics.

Government keeps bailing a sinking boat

Friday, September 14, 2007

The native-forest-logging boat is sinking. It's old and leaky but the Government keeps burning out bilge pumps trying to keep it afloat. Yet another costly pump is about to be installed.

An Industry Transition Taskforce (ITT) Mark 4, will be established to try to help logging workers deal with the 'challenges' they face.

The Minister for Agriculture Joe Helper visited a Gippsland mill in late July and flung around the promise of even more money to prop up this failing industry.

Logging lobbyist steps aside

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

For the last four years Tricia Caswell has been the State Director of the logging industry body, Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI). Having a female and an ex-ACF President singing the praises of the logging industry was a real boon for them, although she lost all credibility with many people.

Caswell has now decided to resign and a new Director will be appointed to start work in 2008. Caswell will still be retained as a 'special consultant'.

SKM checks EPA's checks of DSE's checks of dud logging laws

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) audits how well the DSE scrutinises logging contractors. Their audits have come under some criticism over the last four year so the EPA have appointed Sinclair Knight Mertz (SKM) to review how it does the audits.

So SKM will check the toothless EPA checks of the monitoring by government foresters of loggers compliance with the code. That Code, by the way, is designed for logging, not protecting forests.

Red gums logged to save concrete

Friday, May 18, 2007

Drought and irrigation needs have almost tipped our fragile river red gum wetlands over the edge. As if that weren't enough, Mr Bracks now plans to have more than 100,000 red gums cut down for Victorian railway sleepers.

The Murray River has no replacement for its red gum forests. The Mildura railway line does; it can easily use concrete sleepers instead. Why is the choice so difficult for Mr Bracks? The logging industry is claiming red gum is renewable and more carbon neutral than concrete.

Cheap as Chips

Monday, March 12, 2007

A History of Campaigns to Save Victoria's Native Forests

This 340-page book documents for the first time major Victorian forest campaigns from the earliest times up to 2005. It was written and collated by Dr Rod Anderson, a past Environment Victoria forest campaigner, (disappointingly, EV no longer supports a forest campaign).

This book looks at colonial and early twentieth century logging through to the beginnings of large scale community conservation campaigns in the early seventies, warts and all.

A TEAM infilrates the ALP

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

The Exclusive Brethren's manipulation of election campaigns has been a major influence in politics. Now it's been revealed how companies infiltrate the political sphere to direct major decisions in their favour.

Multinational packaging company Amcor who owned the PaperlinX woodchip and paper mill in the Latrobe Valley, were involved in corporate spying on green groups in the 1990s. The current company "PaperlinX" (makers of Reflex paper) said the spy and lobby group, the "A team", was set up under previous management so denied any connection.

Loggers for forests

Monday, October 16, 2006

In October last year, a group of timber workers started a lobby group called Loggers for Forests. The group wants to stop woodchipping in old growth forests and to use trees taken from forests more efficiently.

Mick Harris is a timber contractor from Fernbank in East Gippsland and he says most loggers think woodchipping is wrong.