VicForests Exposed!

Welfare industry robs the public

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Will Napthine hand VicForests $18M from our pockets next year to log East Gippy forests? To destroy this tree VicForests charged us 30 dollars

This is despite their being no market for the bulk of the trees they cut down. The East Gippsland community could do so much more with that money. It could kick start more useful and more healthy, growing sectors - eco-tourism, new agricultural initiatives, fire preparedness ...

VicForests – a decade of debt and destruction

Friday, August 1, 2014

VicForests turns 10 today. In that time it has received $25million in grants and subsidies to help it haul $300million worth of free logs from public forest which it still owes Victorians $74million in unpaid dividends for. This debt to the public could build 10 new schools, pay for 96 additional teachers or deploy five additional Erickson Skycranes each summer.

Room for Improvement

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

just making some room for improvement

VicForests has a snowball’s hope in hell of gaining the green tick of approval from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international wood certification body.

It had a preliminary audit carried out on its logging management and it failed dismally. This didn’t stop it from claiming in a media release that the auditors recognised the wonderful job they do (!?)

VicForests attempts to influence global wood sustainability group

Monday, June 23, 2014

VicForests, as we all know, is ruthless in its logging management and in its pursuit of access to our forests. Despite its markets shrinking and despite its customers demanding a sustainable certification tick, VicForests is pushing ahead. It is pursuing an eco-label for its wood and has been a controversial member of the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for the last 7 years.

VicForests tries to green itself!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

VicForests is currently trying to go for the more credible FSC 'eco-certification' for it's logging; not a snowball's hope in hell many think. But VF is inviting comments and the independent auditors are wanting to consult with enviro-groups. Please don't participate just yet! Enviro groups are forming a united front so the old trick of picking each group off one at a time can't be tried again (as they did in NSW and WA).
Please contact us if you want to know more. eeg@eastgippsland.net.au

An assessment of VicForest's Finances

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Another small community group, Healesville Environment Watch commissioned an economic assessment of VicForests economic performance, since its beginnings in 2004-5.

VicForests has racked up a loss of $22 million since it was formed - that means it costs us $1.50 for every cubic metre of wood it has logged.

VicForests self-righteously argues a net profit of $11.6 million over eight years. But it has also received gifts of $24.75 million - a net cost to the taxpayer of over $13 million!

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