East coast Australia, the new Amazon

Deforestation on Victoria’s Matlock Plateau – incorrectly termed ‘sustainable logging’. 

Australia’s east coast has been compared to the Amazon as a “deforestation front”. WWF’s The Living Planet report, produced every second year for the past 20 years, says global populations of vertebrate species have declined 60% since 1970. But koala numbers have disappeared at a much faster rate – more than 20% ...

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Threatened Greater Gliders killed for firewood

Stony Creek clearfelled Glider habitat in the Mt Alfred state forests NW of Bairnsdale.

Our sister organisation, Gippsland Environment Group (GEG) has documented the clear failure of the Minister for the Environment Lily D’Ambrosio and her department (DELWP) to protect Greater Gliders and their critical habitat in the foothills north-west of Bairnsdale. This despite knowing of their presence for over a year. What ...

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VicForests – major certification fail

VicForests has failed a forth time to gain the global forest environmental certification tick. We wonder what other motives they have to continue applying for acceptance when their practices don’t change.

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EEG submission to RFA renewal plan

The RFA was designed and executed to favour unbridled and unaccountable clearfelling and burning of publicly owned native forests. Now governments want to renew this crime for another 2 decades.

 EEG has once again told the government why the RFA is really Sweet FA. As we and many others have over the last 20 ...

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Leaving only the ASH

The Andrews Government is torn between helping a group of workers in a small country town fighting for their jobs and caving in to a group of Melbourne investors happy for taxpayers to relieve them of their responsibilities, writes Michael Spencer.

The problem for the Andrews Government is that if it caves in to pressure over the Heyfield sawmill, what is the precedent that will be set? Why shouldn’t it then help workers at milk factories in northern Victoria, or any ...

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Mirboo North community hopes to buy Victorian state forest to prevent VicForests logging

A South Gippsland landowner has offered to buy state forest to prevent the timber being harvested by Victorian Government-owned logging company VicForests.

Jon Wood runs beef cattle on the edge of the intended harvest area at Mirboo North in eastern Victoria, and said harvesting the logs would reduce land value.

VicForests has outlined plans to harvest up to 50 hectares of timber near the town.

“It’s a tiny little precinct of a biodiverse eucalypt forest, in a region totally devastated by farming ...

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