The figures are as flawed as they have been for the past 30 years and this ‘solution’ is only pushing the problem further down the track. In not too many years, the government might be forced to admit to another stuff-up – too late. In the meantime, they’ll be going hammer and tong as ever on the woodchip front.
Professor Jerry Van Clay, who was commissioned to write the report on sustainable yield figures for Victorian forests states throughout his report that the new estimates are unreliable because he was using flawed data as provided by NRE. Combine unreliable estimates with an unpredictable market and incompetent forest managers and it’s a recipe for another disaster. The Statewide Forest Resource Inventory won’t be finished for another two to five years. Bracks still seems to think all will be well with his new estimates.
Government has consistently shown over the last 30 years they can’t count trees that stand still, so how can anyone believe them when they claim they know what they’re doing with more mobile and elusive components of native forests?
East Gippsland’s RFA has failed everyone
In 1997, they crowed their RFA would mean an extra 400 new jobs, $150 M investment for the local economies, then they promised us environmental surveys and research into impacts of logging, they promised a five yearly review not one of these has happened.