Playing with fire

There are plans for a new 30 megawatt power station in the Latrobe Valley, to be fuelled by wood. International banking group Babcock and Brown and Californian-based National Power Australasia Incorporated are proposing the project which would need 280,000 tonnes of wood per year. They are offering 25 year contracts to suppliers. Their spokesman is …

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Out of Old Growth say East Gippslanders!

Two out of three East Gippsland residents want an end to old growth logging.This was the sentiment expressed when an opinion poll was carried out in April after the Goolengook camp was raided and the forests logged. East Gippsland has traditionally been a very conservative region. Politicians have cultivated and pandered to this image for …

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One clown destroys the RFAs credibility and Victoria’s RFA reference groups

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) set up a sham called the RFA Reference Groups. These groups were to help implement those bedraggled embarrassments concocted as Regional Forest Agreements. There were three community groups set up; in the Otways, East Gippsland and the Wombat forest. Jill Redwood (me) from EEG nominated for and …

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Forestry Fairy Tales – the myth of many jobs

Once upon a time, people thought that the logging industry was the big economic winner for a place called East Gippsland. Without it, the people were told, families would be starving in the gutters. The reality nowadays – at most, only 2.9% of the regions employment relies on logging.1 Those employed in the logging industry …

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The Commonwealth helps destroy our Common Wealth

Did you know that the Commonwealth Bank has a 17% share-holding in Gunns? Gunns is the largest woodchipper of hardwood forests in the world, destroying Tasmanias old growth at a rate of knots. So the Commonwealth Bank is effectively responsible for about one sixth of the export woodchipping, clearfelling, burning, poisoning and old growth logging …

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GOOLENGOOK – POST MORTEM

In a six week frenzy of destruction, during March and April, four coupes totaling 90 hectares of Goolengooks best forest were clearfelled. It is estimated to have cost the police and NRE up to $2 million to carry out the operation. The royalty gained from the destruction of these timeless forests was a piddling $100,000. …

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Money trough refilled

Just in the last 6-8 months the logging industry has received $800,000, $42.6 million, another $80 million and most recently $9 million has been given over to tart up logging towns that might lose out due to the cut-backs. Before Christmas, Daishowa announced they would be more fussy about the quality of wood theyd take …

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HUGE price rise ­1c in 5 years for woodchip logs

OVERLOGGING – NOW UNDERPRICING For the past two years, CROEG has been working to get figures released under FOI to show what prices our forests are going for. After many refusals, delays and denials of the existance of documents, the papers were finally released in late February. As we expected – the Department of Natural …

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The great East Gippsland Walk

The opportunity to walk through such a varied landscape is unparalleled in Australia and possibly unique in the world. There is almost certainly no other place on earth with the potential to walk from the ocean to the alps through predominantly undisturbed wilderness. This 300 km long track proposal has been worked on for several …

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East Gippsland’s predicament

Using East Gippsland as an example, a reduction in sawlogs does not mean an equal reduction in woodchips – f’rinstance, while there’s been a 20% drop in sawn timber (from market forces), the chip volumes have increased 100%! In Tambo forests next door, they’ve had a 700% increase in chips!  Next year’s plans for log …

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