Threatened Species

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.

Brown Mt Background & General Information

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Timeline - EEG vs VicForests - Brown Mountain

12th August 2009

EEG requests Environment Minister Jennings to make an interim conservation order under the FFGA to protect Brown Mt and adjoining forests as a critical habitat due to a number of threatened species.

19th August 2009

Letter to Jennings asking for an urgent reply to 12th Aug letter by 21st August as we believed VicForests were planning to log the area in question.

Brown Mountain's rare wildlife in landmark court case

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Environment East Gippsland has taken the bold move to sue the Victorian government's logging monopoly, VicForests in a bid to save what remains of Brown Mountains old growth and rare wildlife.

In September 2009, this group's application for an interim injunction to stop the planned logging of old growth forests on Brown Mountain was granted.
The main case will be heard in March 2010 and is set down to run for ten days.

Court upholds public interest in Brown Mountain forest proceedings

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Supreme Court today refused VicForests' application for up to $163,000 in security from a small environment group. VicForests was asking for this sum to be secured before a court injunction is granted to stop logging on Brown Mountain.

"If EEG had been required to pay such a large sum of money, it could have stifled an important piece of public interest litigation", said EEG spokesperson Jill Redwood.

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