The Spin

CAUGHT - VicForests fiddling figures on environmental performance

Monday, September 20, 2010

Recent checks by EEG of VicForests corporate reports have found examples of VicForests blatantly misrepresenting its environmental performance in a recent corporate report. VicForests has boasted in its 2008 Corporate Plan Highlights report that there had been “measurable improvements in the environmental performance of forest management operations on State forest.”

ALP promise dishonored Old growth forests to go up in smoke.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Brumby government snuck out a media release at 7pm on Tuesday 10th November 2009. What was in it that they didn't want the media to make a big deal about? It was about the area of old growth that it had promised to protect 3 years ago - but much reduced. There is now 5,000 ha less than the original offer. It also cut out the intact stands of old growth at Ferntree Creek and Big River. How did they do this and still claim to protect even more? They protected areas that were already protected but under a different name.

Media love a good fire story

Saturday, June 20, 2009

This is the classic story of how fires are the perfect fodder for a media that love real life drama and conflict. The opportunity to do a bit of enviro-bashing on the side is just too good to miss as truth and verification of claims fly out the window.This was started by The Age and picked up across all sectors of the media.

Media and fires

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This is the classic story of how fires are the perfect fodder for a media that love real life drama and conflict. The opportunity to do a bit of enviro-bashing on the side is just too good to miss as truth and verification of claims fly out the window.
This was started by The Age and picked up across all sectors of the media. night fire

Like trying to mix water and woodchips

Sunday, July 27, 2008

In April 2008, Peter Campbell from EEG attended a ‘Stakeholder Reference Group’ meeting, as part of the government’s “Wood and Water Sustainability Assessment Project”. It was as we expected - a poorly devised process to maintain the status quo.

The group is to look at options to address water loss due to logging in catchments. It was a promise by the Bracks government in its 2004 report "Securing our Water Future Together". It was also to provide studies and investigations but they remain unfinished.

EEG’s concerns about the process include:

Victoria’s endangered species - dizzy from political spin

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Out of the blue came an announcement at the end of June that three endangered species will gain some protection in Gippsland and the North East by 75,000 ha of reserves.

Despite other enviro groups singing the government’s praises we were a little more careful (being hardened sceptics). When we looked into this we found that 65,000 of the 75,000 ha were already in parks and reserves.

"Significant" old growth - significant wins and losses

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

When Labor announced it would protect all "significant stands" of old growth as part of their 2006 election promises, they must have been using their special parliamentary dictionary. In Eastern Victoria, Mr Bracks protected only 5% of areas identified as critical to extinction-proof native species and protect domestic water catchments. The Forest Alliance had carefully mapped and scientifically validated these areas.

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.

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