In a process to tackle the impending water crisis and secure Victoria’s water for the future, the Bracks Government has adopted every suggestion from their own experts except one – that logging be phased out of water catchments!
A discussion paper was released for public comment. It was based on another document called the Water Resource Strategy, which said we should get logging out of our drinking water supplies.
Recently the DSE acknowledged that logging native forests reduces water yields and they agree with figures and modelling of water and environment experts. So why was it not considered as an option in the discussion paper? Water loss from plantations and fast growing young trees after bushfires were both mentioned but loss of water from logging regrowth was ignored.