Minister Walsh says ‘Sorry’

Comments made against a regional environment group have resulted in Minister Peter Walsh stepping back and making a public apology today. The apology to Environment East Gippsland was today published on his parliamentary website and the regional newspaper where it was originally printed. The Minister’s media comments in October last year stated that EEG “…continue(s) …

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Baillieu’s bitter swill

The government’s announcement that it will spend $1.8M to survey for endangered wildlife in Eastern Victoria is like throwing a teaspoon of sugar into a cauldron of bitter swill. Environment East Gippsland says that this shines the spotlight on the environmental hypocrisy of the Baillieu government. “The government might be offering $1.8M to look for …

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Illegal rainforest logging case to be heard in April.

Environment East Gippsland had a win today as the Supreme Court decided that its rainforest logging case can go to trial after Easter, with VicForests not able to log the site in the meantime. “VicForests was about to log illegally in a protected National Rainforest Site of Significance. We started this Court proceeding to stop …

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Science behind alpine grazing questioned

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 …

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Log trucks stopped from entering EG sawmill

AusWest targeted in Harvey Norman markets campaign The market boycott campaign on Harvey Norman furniture and their suppliers is the logical conclusion after decades of overlogging and forest destruction says local environment group Environment East Gippsland. “Less than 1% of the logs taken out of a forest end up as furniture, yet this high end …

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Baillieu govt rewards VicForests for bad management

VicForests has again been given aid of almost $1.3 million to clean up degraded clearfelled public forests that should have been rehabilitated and paid for by VicForests years ago. “What other business has made a loss every year yet is rewarded by millions of dollars of tax payers money to keep going?” asked Jill Redwood …

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Victoria can ‘take a leaf’ from Tasmania

On 19th October, an historic Tasmanian forest agreement showed the way that eastern Victoria’s long-running logging conflict can be solved. One of the country’s most battle-worn states has seen the logging industry, Gunns and conservation groups agree to settle the conflict in a way that keeps everyone happy. “This is a courageous move by the …

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Government recycles announcements and logged forest

For at least the third time, the Government today announced the new additions to the reserve system in East Gippsland. The ALP’s 2006 election promise was to protect ‘the last significant stands of old growth planned for logging’. But environment groups say that most of what has been protected was either in existing protection zones, …

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Brown Mountain – final court orders

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 …

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Brumby must follow in Gunns moral footsteps

The momentous announcement by Tasmania’s logging giant Gunns, to move out of all native forests should have a major impact on Victoria’s and Gippsland’s logging future. “Just as the woodchip industry is suffering its biggest downturn in decades, just as the Supreme Court ruled in favour of endangered wildlife protection over logging, Victoria’s largest sawmiller, …

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