After the 2006 state election, John Thwaites and Steve Bracks promised to protect East Gippsland's old growth while not reducing what was there for loggers to cut - an impossible task.
John Thwaites put a couple of industry supporters in charge of this little job. Meanwhile, other logging lobbyists were demanding more areas of old growth be given to them, including the logging of Special Protection Zones. EEG wrote to the Minister warning them not to go near this option. We received a non-committal reply.