Win for forests in Supreme Court

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.

“If we hadn’t sued VicForests, Brown Mountain would have been illegally logged by now. And Brown Mountain is just one ...

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Fate of native forest hangs on “DAVID VS GOLIATH” court case

Environment East Gippsland Inc (EEG) v Vic ForestsBrown Mountain Court Case, Sale, Monday, March 1

The fate of a native forest with trees dating back to Joan of Arc’s time is at stake in a Supreme Court case to be heard at the Victorian centre of Sale from Monday (March 1 2010).

The landmark Brown Mountain case has national implications for all native forests in Australia and major political implications, with the green vote likely to be vital for both ...

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Brown Mountain’s rare wildlife in landmark court case

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.

EEG is using the government’s own laws written to protect ...

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Court upholds public interest in Brown Mountain forest proceedings

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.

“This is a groundbreaking decision because no ...

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Brown Mountain Potoroo Proves Jennings Wrong

Immediate protection for Brown Mountain’s forests, under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act has been triggered by an endangered species. The very same day that Environment Minister Gavin Jennings declared there were no Potoroos at Brown Mountain (Friday 21st August), the image of a Long-footed Potoroo was captured on infra-red movement sensing cameras (pictures available).

“Last week the Brumby government refused to abide by its own law to protect high population densities of Greater Gliders found at Brown Mountain. We’re asking ...

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EEG legal injunction to stop logging at Brown Mountain

Environment East Gippsland has applied for an injunction in the Supreme Court of Victoria to stop the logging of Brown Mountain. 

On Friday 21st August the Brumby Government announced the go-ahead to clearfell the controversial 600-800 year old forest along Brown Mountain Creek that they promised in 2006 would be the ‘old growth walk’ for tourists. 

Their spin doctors told the media that they are protecting 400 ha of the summit, but they didn’t tell the media that this was already protected ...

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East Gippsland’s trees – older than America’s discovery

Radiocarbon dating has confirmed that a recently logged old growth tree on Brown Mountain was growing before America was discovered.

“This is a significant find and should now see the government value and protect all our remaining ancient forests – not just as natural relics but as ancient carbon stores”, said Jill Redwood from Environment East Gippsland. “These mammoth trees have taken 6-800 years to grow and store their carbon – it takes an hour to cut them down. So much ...

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