Regional Forest Agreements

The Regional Forest Agreements were a multi-million dollar government set-up to pretend the forest battle had been solved by balancing all values. In effect it allowed unlimited woodchipping, paid lip-service to conservation, promised hundreds of jobs that never eventuated and made laws that took any responsibility away from the feds for looking after nationally threatened wildlife.

It effectively took the problematic forest debate away from the Commonwealth government and handed the controversial issue to the states.The RFA was an expensive sham designed to appear balanced and scientific. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In reality, it’s been an 18 year relentless rampage and the forest conflict has intensified. This is just another in a long line of processes the government keep placing before the public, and like all those before it has profited only one party – the profiteers.

These RFA’s have effectively facilitated the destruction of many valuable areas that were critical for the survival and ongoing evolution of species. Jobs have been lost due to the growing preference for pine timber and the unchecked dominance of the jobs-poor woodchipping industry. Environmental obligations have never been honoured. Yet the Abbott government is set  to roll them over unquestioningly for another 20 years.

Polishing the turd - The 5 yearly review of the EG RFA

Thursday, January 10, 2002

he promised five yearly review of the East Gippsland RFA looks like being delayed another year. Its shaping up to be a rank job an attempt to sanitise whats totally on the nose. The States do their own assessment, pretend theyve honoured their environmental duty, have token public input, give themselves a tick, and dont dare invite any independent third party audits. Both Labor and the Coalition continue to pretend their RFAs are scientific, sweet and rosy, but theyre only fooling themselves.

The environment Sweet RFA

Monday, October 1, 2001

The Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) sprang from the Earth Summit conference in Rio de Janiero in 1992 where Australia signed a ‘Global Statement of Principles on Forests’. The federal and State governments (excepting Tasmania) then signed onto the National Forest Policy Statement six months later. This policy stated that there would be a comprehensive, adequate and representative reserve system in place by 1995 to protect old growth and wilderness.

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