VicForests loots public property

VicForests’ illegal logging has surfaced again – this time taking a leaf out of Indonesian and Malaysian logging operations – going where they have no permission to destroy.

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East coast Australia, the new Amazon

Deforestation on Victoria’s Matlock Plateau – incorrectly termed ‘sustainable logging’. 

Australia’s east coast has been compared to the Amazon as a “deforestation front”. WWF’s The Living Planet report, produced every second year for the past 20 years, says global populations of vertebrate species have declined 60% since 1970. But koala numbers have disappeared at a much faster rate – more than 20% ...

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Threatened Greater Gliders killed for firewood

Stony Creek clearfelled Glider habitat in the Mt Alfred state forests NW of Bairnsdale.

Our sister organisation, Gippsland Environment Group (GEG) has documented the clear failure of the Minister for the Environment Lily D’Ambrosio and her department (DELWP) to protect Greater Gliders and their critical habitat in the foothills north-west of Bairnsdale. This despite knowing of their presence for over a year. What ...

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Eagle slaughter

East Gippsland is a relatively rich ‘ark’ for Victoria’s remaining wildlife but these are under threat from many quarters.

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Massive rainforest breach sparks review of enforcement

After the horrendous and blatant destruction of a rainforest area by VicForests in March 2016, government compliance officers dithered and stalled for almost 2 years, and even then, botched the court papers.  The Minister ordered an investigation just months out from the 2018 state election. 

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The legal cases

There are currently two legal cases going on against the government and its logging agency VicForests. They challenge the legitimacy of the RFAs and the legal requirement for more old growth to be protected in reserves.

Yet another legal case is being prepared for a hearing in Melbourne’s Supreme Court in December 2018

The first case concerns the overlogging ...

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Nippon’s Reflex paper mill plans a giant waste incinerator

EEG is challenging the EPA Works Approval to Australia’s giant woodchip and paper mill to build a $500 million waste incinerator.

This is an obscene situation. This paper mill has been responsible for destroying the Central Highlands Mountain and Alpine Ash forests since its establishment in 1938. It has a promise of log supply up until 2030! ...

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