EEG has submitted comments to the farcically late 5 yearly review of RFA (26 Jan 2018). We say they must be terminated.
The Regional Forest Agreements cost us $300 million dollars to pretend the forest battle had been solved by ‘balancing all values’. They have failed on almost every environmental promise, but for 20 years it has allowed the industry to log without fear of federal environmental constraints.
East Gippsland’s forests were the first cab off the rank so to speak. Despite the process being a sham and now even more obsolete than then, both parties want to renew these for another 20 years.
In effect it would mean more unlimited woodchipping, keep paying lip-service to conservation, promise hundreds of jobs that will never eventuated and let the feds shirk their responsibility for looking after nationally threatened wildlife.
They have failed on almost every promise except the one that allowed the industry to log without fear of federal environmental constraints.
Read our submission here