Flawed maps and broken promises

In 2006, the then premier, Steve Bracks, made a promise to protect all significant stands of old growth currently available for logging. This, with several other areas called icon forests amounted to about 41,000 ha. However, he also promised there would be no impact on the logging industry – an impossible undertaking.

Logging of Brown MtA few days before the 2006 election, the Environment Minister’s office (then John ...

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The headline in the Sunday Age in early December 2007 was ‘How to turn $99 million worth of trees into a $17,000 loss’. VicForests was exposed as incompetent economic managers of our public forests. Even with a state government gift of tens of millions of dollars to get it set up, it’s still not profitable to cut down native forests.

A new era has begun. We have the combined trilogy of; 1) serious climate shift, 2) plantation wood in abundance and ...

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VicForests – masters of scam

David Pollard, VicForests CEO, was the Commissioner of State Revenue, from 1997 until 2002. Any wonder that he was very defensive when questioned on radio in early December about the loss he’d made for Victorian’s.

The information coming out of the logging coupes was that contractors are being directed to smash up good quality salvaged ash sawlogs so they can be sold quickly as pulplogs, but this was of course, denied. Mr Pollard said that if that was happening they’d hear ...

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VicForests – cutting forests, costs and corners

It'll save money to get rid of 20 foresters... and hire another 5 spin doctorsAfter three years as the new semi-corporate arm of the government logging agency, VicForests was going down the economic gurgler.

For the first two years after its creation, VicForests was given an easy run with DSE picking up the tab for many costs, but year three was to see it ‘off the dole’ and ...

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Rainforest logging and the ‘should’ factor

(not to be confused with the ‘whoops’ factor)

If only I had the negotiating skills of VicForests when I was growing up, I would never have had to eat my vegetables. I could have argued that Mum said, “You should eat your vegetables”, rather than “You must eat your vegetables”. This is the reasoning used by the DSE, after cutting a road through protected rainforest and Leadbeater’s possum habitat in the Royston Range of the Central Highlands. Apparently, because the loggers’ ...

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VicForests aspires to shoddy eco-credentials

The latest bundle of propaganda to come from VicForests, in mid August, announced the new Sustainable Forest Management System Project for Forest Certification.  Don’t all those big words sound impressive? Sadly, its just another expensive publicity fraud.

Haven’t the Government propagandists and spin-doctors realised yet that the word Sustainable is way past its use by date; that it has become the warning flag for another destructive plan? The government has forced the term sustainable into such unworthy uses, it has butchered ...

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Fair pricing hits the logging industry

Fair prices? That's not fair!When the new VicForests office took over the native forest logging ‘shop’, they came in with a nice new broom. Mill owners will have to compete for logs by bidding for them when their license runs out over the next few years. Meanwhile their current license for logs has had a 17-25% price increase. This has come as a real shock to some mills ...

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