PLANET (d)ARK SELLS its soul

Friday, July 20, 2012

Planet Ark or Dark as some say - famous for loo paper, soap powder and advocating we recycle our Xmas cards - has accepted a large parcel of cash from the logging industry, in exchange for its ‘green’ endorsement of forest destruction.

Planet Ark endorses this type of logging

Tree looter turns biomass spruiker

Saturday, October 8, 2011

If you or I were to thieve $1Million of native forest logs while being paid to protect a community from one of the biggest fires of the decade, shouldn’t we end up behind bars?

This was the case as detailed in the article “Tree lopper turns up as biomass spruiker” in the Age on 27th Sept 2011.

This logging industry spokesperson was caught out and sacked, but never paid the price of his shameless pillaging.

Latest logging audit spin

Sunday, August 14, 2011

How can an audit that has found environmental breaches on almost all the coupes checked possibly end up with a result of 93% compliance?
The latest audit of logging in Victoria’s forests will leave many environmentalists convinced that these Audits are totally worthless exercises that have done nothing to protect biodiversity in our forests. One of the reasons for the audit result is that around half of the things checked by the auditors are checks to make sure paperwork has been filled in correctly.

China Logs

Friday, June 10, 2011

TWS Vic and MyEnvironment Inc. have played private eye for the last 12 weeks to study a supply chain of logs that have been leaving our fire ravaged forest and ending up in Footscray. The forest were once home to the endangered faunal emblem of Vic - the Leadbeaters Possum.

VicForests – the scandals!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The report to Treasury on the performance of VicForests was revealed in late February via an FOI by the Age newspaper. >Read it here. . It details much of their mismanagement and appalling behaviour. They have illegally logged forests, not adhered to their charter, not regenerated thousands of hectares of logged forest, lost millions of public money and of course thumbed their nose at environmental regulations.

Propoganda machine in overdrive

Monday, November 16, 2009

Hats off to Minister Jennings for turning his Department into the ALP's propaganda office. When the DSE asked part of the Department to do a survey for endangered animals in East Gippsland, the Departmental staff were so poorly resourced that they didn't have enough time to do the work properly. Eventually, it was left to a small environmental group to come up with the resources that eventually located some of the rare and endangered Potoroos living in part of the East Gippsland Forest that Vicforests wanted to knock down.

Brodribb mill crashes

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Brodribb Mill that was trading as Lakes Hardwood and Sawmilling just east of Orbost, has gone down apparently owing $3.2M. This mill had the receivers in not that long ago under another owner. Readers might remember the office and all bookwork burnt down during winter in the middle of the night during the worst rain event for years. Police thought it was a tad suspicious. The receivers are in again with more security this time you'd hope. The workers are left with over $350,000 owed in super and other entitlements.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Don Burke supports what many see as the biggest drought inducing, climate changing, extinction enhancing, environmental brutes in Australia. And just as Gunns has done to Tassie, Burke has done to his own credibility - viciously trashed it.

More than a gardener, Don Burke is chairman of the Australian Environment Foundation, a lookalike false green group that's really an industry front. It was set up by the right-wing think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. This sham enviro-group supports GE, logging, nuclear power and is full of climate change deniers.