We have commenced proceedings in the Supreme Court (21/5/13) to sue the Department of Environment and Primary Industries for years of failure to protect Victoria’s threatened wildlife.
We are alleging in Court that the State Government has violated the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act by not preparing protection plans called Action Statements for four threatened species: the Glossy Black Cockatoo, the Long-nosed Potoroo, the Eastern She-oak Skink and the Large Brown Tree Frog.
These four struggling heroes represent the other 370 listed species that also have no legal protection despite them being extremely rare.
There’s is a big difference between being listed as threatened and actually being protected.
We proved that the govt. logging agency had failed to survey for and protect endangered forest wildlife for decades, when we won the last Supreme Court case in 2010.
But we learnt that VicForests can survey and identify rare animals, but still destroy them, their homes and food. Although they’re in deep trouble, the govt has not written up plans to protect all listed wildlife.
We have amazing animals that exist nowhere else on earth, but laws to protect them are violated daily by the government.
The way the state government is applying the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act is instead guaranteeing their extinction.
Environment East Gippsland, is being represented by the Environment Defenders Office.
This case will cost us thousands of dollars and we are asking for any assistance you can offer. Tax deductible donations for 2012/13 can be made to EEG via GiveNow: http://www.givenow.com.au/environmenteastgippsland .