Victorian government’s timber mill bailout has bad whiff of pork

The Victorian government’s decision to appropriate a large undisclosed sum of taxpayers’ money to buy a struggling timber mill nobody else wanted to acquire appears more driven by dubious politics than by rigorous public policy.

The government has not revealed how much it has agreed to pay Australian Sustainable Hardwood for the mill in Heyfield, Gippsland, but reports place the price as high as $50 million, 20 per more than an estimate earlier this year. With 250 staff, the mill is ...

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Dead koala found in logging coupe reignites push for new protected national park

A dead koala has been found between fallen trees in a logged forest that the Andrews government could have protected – had it not ignored advice from its own scientific committee.

The Sunday Age has obtained graphic images of the lifeless animal slumped over branches in the Acheron Valley north of Warburton, in a confronting example of the potential impact of logging in Victoria.

A department investigation is now under way, as Premier Daniel Andrews faces renewed calls to create a Great Forest ...

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Clean Energy Finance Corporation lobbying for wood-fired power to replace coal

Throwing forests into furnaces to supposedly help our climate has been the dream of the native forest logging industry for years. First our governments and the CEFC are coal-captured and now logger-captured.

No. It’s definately NOT carbon neutral. A shame this story repeated the lie that burning forests reduces emissions. It is in fact THREE TIMES more polluting per unit of energy than coal! But we are not hearing a lot of truth or science on this topic when ...

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Sorry state for threatened gliders in Victoria

Background

Greater Glider populations are suffering across Australia. This is especially so in Victoria where populations in the Central Highlands and East Gippsland are in distress due to – among other reasons – fire and logging eating away at their habitat.

The Greater Glider was listed as ‘vulnerable’ under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in May 2016. It is expected to be listed as threatened under ...

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Minister urged to heed the science on Greater Glider

Victoria’s Environment Department urged the Environment Minister not to follow the advice of Government scientists to issue a conservation order to protect the Great Glider and instead recommended discussions with the state logging agency for ‘voluntary action’, documents reveal.

The documents released under Freedom of Information show the government’s Scientific Advisory Committee wrote to Minister Lily D’Ambrosio in November 2016, describing the Strathbogie Ranges as “an important area for Greater Glider conservation” that had “not experienced the population declines witnessed elsewhere ...

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Scientists warn greater glider faces extinction and want it protected from logging

Those who know the greater glider have a vivid way of describing it: like a flying possum crossed with a koala. About the size of a garden-variety possum, but with a looped tail up to 60 centimetres long and membranes that extend from its elbow to its ankle, it is Australia’s largest gliding marsupial.

Scientists say it may not continue to be: it is headed for extinction. Two decades ago, greater gliders were abundant up the east coast, but a combination of land-clearing, ...

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VicForests fudges the numbers… again

VicForests has been caught out using very dodgy arithmetic to blame the small endangered Leadbeaters possum for its predicament. These were presented to the VEAC investigation and the Parliamentary enquiry as kosher – and too complicated for the average Joe to understand. But their bamboozling tactics didn’t fool Greens MP Samantha Dunn. VicForests is exposed as crooked managers yet again. ———————————————————————————-

 

The fiction of “it’s the mill or the possum” stands on dodgy statistics such ...

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