Logging Industry

WIill Gunns be gunning for Victoria's forests?

Thursday, May 5, 2005

The Tasmanian woodchipping company, Gunns, could be eyeing off Victoria's forests. The controversial logging giant could be considering buying Victoria's native forests as either a direct bidder or by buying from other bidders, under the Bracks Government's new auction system. The Gunns logging empire has already spread to Western Australia.

Planned pulpmill hungry for woodchips

Gunns pulpmill fast-tracked

Friday, April 1, 2005

The Tasmanian Government will declare Gunn's planned $1.2 billion pulpmill (one step along the production line from woodchips) as a Project of State Significance. This will allow it to be fast tracked and bypass many environmental and other planning regulations.

Gunns trigger happy

Friday, April 1, 2005

Will protests against corporations become illegal?

Twenty Tasmanian campaigners speaking out against Gunns Ltd, the Tasmanian woodchip company, are being sued for almost $6.4 million. They are accused of conspiracy and interference with trade and business.

The 216-page writ was filed in the Victorian Supreme Court on 14th January and targets outspoken environmentalists including Peg Putt, Alec Marr, Geoff Law and Bob Brown. EMA Legal will represent Gunns in their challenge to free speech on the environment.

East Gippsland mill mergers herald end game

Monday, January 3, 2005

he possible merger of three East Gippsland sawmills, Terra Timbers, Auswest and Austimbers, was announced in mid-November. This is rather good news for forests as it reflects the ever-increasing difficulty in selling native forest hardwood in a market now dominated by pine. These mills are unable to stay afloat unless they cut back on costs and improve their economies of scale. No doubt jobs will be lost in such a merger, yet they are claiming it will actually create more jobs.

Half of East Gippsland's sawlogs chipped - CSIRO report

Monday, January 3, 2005

The industry that gave us the National Park Logs Swindle now brings us the Residual Logs Rip-off.

Over the past few years, the CSIRO has been checking low grade logs delivered to East Gippsland mills - so called 'residual logs' that nearly all end up as piles of woodchips.

The industry is always whingeing about forests being 'locked up', but now we have clear evidence of a massive waste of good timber by their own grading methods. Current log grading procedures make it very easy for high quality logs to be downgraded and chipped.

Dairy money goes to Gippsland sawmill

Thursday, December 2, 2004

Federal assistance to help dairy farmers and regions affected by dairy deregulation has been given to a Noojee sawmill.

$350,000 of public money was handed to the mill which is planning to install kilns and produce veneer laminates. They claim they might create 10 jobs from the money.



Tuesday, September 7, 2004

For the logging industry's movers and shakers at the Australian Forestry Conference in Melbourne in late July, one of the few hopes touted in an otherwise gloomy political landscape was the prospect of co-operating with the World Wide Fund for Nature to divide and conquer the Australian environment movement.
Bob Burton reports.

Caswell wants industry to be loved

Friday, July 30, 2004

Trish Caswell has had been well briefed since she joined the Victorian Association of Forest Industries in April. In an interview on ABC radio (30th July) she parroted the exact same industry rhetoric we've heard for decades: the need for 'sustainability', no job losses, that it's better to log our forests than poorer countries' forests, we all use paper so we have no option, the need to value add, and so on.