Where’s our champion of the Snowy?

Industrial gas plant threatens Snowy Estuary

The EPA is currently investigating the spilling of 1000 litres of oil in three separate incidents at the controversial OMV gas and oil processing plant. This plant sits smack-bang on the edge of Corringal Creek in the lower Snowy River flood plain.

Despite community meetings and growing concern about this plant’s location, the ‘Champion of the Snowy’, local member Craig Ingram, has been deafeningly quiet on the dangers it poses to this heritage river’s estuary. Even ...

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Our water our future

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 ...

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Logging industry cares for water

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) has suddenly become concerned for water catchments. It tells us that fast growing eucalypts that come back after a fire, suck up precious water and need to be cut down (all that loverly ash forest in particular). They quote science and figures that we’ve been using for years. But they don’t mention the same effect from fast growing young trees after clearfelling which, after all, “mimics natural occurrences like fire”. Right fellas?

Phil Townsend, ...

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Auditing the Auditors

An EEG investigation into the auditing of a tiny percent of logging coupes for adherence to environmental logging regulations has shown there to be huge abuse of the system by DSE foresters and overseers (or gross incompetence). This is not shown in the publicly available audit findings.

DSE has released the results of another audit of adherence to ‘environmental prescriptions’ for logging, which was conducted last year.

Four Forest Management Areas (FMAs) were checked and these included the Tambo FMA (forests around ...

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Snowy River sucked dry by logging

The long battle by locals to obtain a 28% release of water from the Jindabyne dam for the Snowy River could be partly or wholly negated by clearfelling its major sub-catchments, scientists have warned.

Two reports from the early 90s indicated that logging would cause reduced water yields. They were dully ignored by government, but a decade later their predictions are now coming back to haunt them.

Logging = Loss of Water

Evaluation of the Economic Values of Wood and Water for the ...

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100% partly or fully rehabilitated

For several years, NRE has been making available to the public a summary of its audit of the Code of Forest Practices (environmental guidelines to adhere to while ripping down ancient forests). NRE must hope that people will be left with the feeling that our forests are in the best possible hands – and that no one would bother to analyse their data. Ha!

The most recently released Compliance Audit was published last year and looks at a sample of 54 ...

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