The Victorian Renewables Bill allows the clearfelling of native forests to burn for ‘renewable’ energy. A Greens amendment to prevent this was defeated on the 9th of August when Labor, Liberal and National MPs voted to allow native forests to be thrown into furnaces.
Greens MLC, Greg Barber, said that in the run-up to the 2002 election, the state government promised that native forest wood must never be burnt for electricity in Victoria. Barber said the business case for logging Victorian native forests is collapsing as plantation timber is taking over the sawn-wood market. Now VicForests is trying to find a new reason to log native forests.