Threatened Species

Where's the Guarantee? Implementation and enforcement of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 & Wildlife Act 1975

Friday, March 23, 2012

This is the third report in a series, Monitoring Victoria’s Environmental Laws, to be published by the EDO. It investigates how effectively the Department of Sustainability and Environment is enforcing the Flora & Fauna Guarantee Act (FFG Act) and the Wildlife Act. It shows that the FFG Act remains very poorly implemented, with many of the legal measures to protect flora and fauna never used. Provisions in the Wildlife Act was more readily used by DSE but information about decisions made under the Wildlife Act was not readily available.

Toolangi forests – the green hole in the black donut

Thursday, February 2, 2012

You’da thunk VicForests might have learnt something from the Brown Mountain case. Nup. It’s in court again, this time with another group. Environment group, MyEnvironment, is suing them to stop them logging a stand of known Leadbeaters Possum habitat at Sylvia Creek. The Sylvia Creek case will be heard on Feb 6 at Melbourne’s Supreme Court.

Science behind alpine grazing questioned

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The plan to reintroduce beef cattle into the Alpine National Park as a scientific trial has been shown by local environment groups to be a poorly masked political move.

The Gippsland Environment Group applied for documents under the Freedom of Information Act. When these were finally obtained they showed that Parks Victoria warned the government that past scientific research as well as economic and social evidence did not support alpine grazing.

Baillieu to protect loggers above threatened species

Thursday, August 18, 2011

(Forest Flogging Guarantee Act?)

Driven by our Brown Mountain win a year ago, the Baillieu government is planning to rewrite the 23 year old environmental law that was to protect threatened species – to allow better protection of the logging industry.

The deliberate inaction and disregard of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act by the government, coupled with an assumption that no one would ever have the funds to take them to court, proved to be not enough to protect the historical over-logging operations of the hooligan industry.

Brown Mountain - final court orders

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Environment East Gippsland has welcomed the final orders in the Brown Mountain landmark trial handed down in the Supreme Court on the 14th September.

“VicForests must pay 90% of our costs, as well as all their own costs, for this very long and expensive trial.

"DSE will need to undertake a series of surveys for two species of frogs and the spot tailed quoll in the coupes, there must be a review of protection areas for Sooty and Powerful owls and special conservation zones must be created for two species of gliders and the potoroo.

St Patricks River slaughter

Thursday, August 26, 2010

This map showed the unparalleled mapping of logging coupes planned to wipe out an entire landscape. VicForests plotted these coupes on the map just after the Brown Mt Court case in 2010. If we didn’t know them any better we’d say this was an act of revenge.

Win for forests in Supreme Court

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In a landmark decision today, the Supreme Court has found that the government has a responsibility to look for and protect endangered wildlife before logging in the contentious Brown Mountain forests of East Gippsland.

This judgment has implications for all native forests that are set to be destroyed by logging,” said EEG spokesperson Jill Redwood.

Long-Footed Potoroo - tail wagging

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

This clip is of yet another endangered Long-footed Potoroo displaying a very prehensile and expressive tail. It was recently found (Winter 2010) in another patch of forest planned for logging. The survey crew who are now known as "Fauna and Flora Research Collective" found this using the infrared cameras. VicForests have been notified of the presence and hopefully will withdraw plans to log the forest. But so far, their record isn't good.

No guarantee for Quolls

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The endangered Spot-tailed Quoll’s demise over the past 20 years has been calmly witnessed by our state government, which has done nothing despite being listed under the FFG Act.

Now that Quolls are considered functionally extinct in the Otways, and logging has been stopped in this region, DSE is now carrying out camera surveys there. For the past year, they have had 100 cameras out looking for Quolls.