Andrews government claims old growth forest protection obligations are 'drafting error'

The Supreme court case brought by Fauna and Flora Research Collective (FFRC) against the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (Environment Department) and VicForests will proceed after the case did not settle at court-ordered mediation yesterday.

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Surveys protect Endangered Crayfish and Greater Gliders

Surveys conducted last year during GECO citizen science camps have resulted in protection of three proposed logging coupes that provide habitat for Endangered Orbost Spiny Crayfish and Greater Gliders.

The environment department wrote to GECO and the Fauna and Flora Research Collective last week informing us that new protections will be put in place in light of our survey results.

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Protecting Victoria's Biodiveristy in East Gippsland's Emerald Link

On International Day for Biological diversity we're celebrating East Gippsland's forests and caling for their protection in East Gippsland's Emerald Link.

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VicForests to face court for rainforest logging

On Thursday this week VicForests will appear in the Orbost Magistrates court facing charges for logging protected rainforest in East Gippsland.

The environmental regulator of the logging industry (Department of Environment Land Water and Planning or DELWP) laid the charges after community groups GECO and Fauna and Flora Research Collective reported a logging operation that had unlawfully impacted on warm temperate rainforest near Cann river in April 2016.

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Protected wildife is being logged - Email the Premier

The Greater Glider is heading for extinction, but logging in critical habitat continues with outdated and weak or non existent protections.

The state government have approved logging to commence in critical habitat for Greater Gliders in the Queensborough river forest in East Gippsland.

Please email Premier Daniel Andrews and ask him to protect the Greater Gliders in a special protection zone.

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Protection for some of Kuark forest a welcome first step

Goongerah Environment Centre Office (GECO) has welcomed the state government’s announcement that some old growth forests in East Gippsland’s Kuark forest will be protected, but has raised concern over continued logging in environmentally sensitive forests under the Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs).

Forest in the Kuark that will now be protected from logging

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Surveys halt logging in Greater Glider forest

The state government has stopped logging in the Queensborough river forests where protected Greater Gliders were detected by our survey team.

The report we submitted on Wednesday morning with our friends at the FFRC Inc documented 11 Greater Gliders within a distance of 1km, triggering legal protection of the forest. The environment department will now conduct verification surveys in the coming days. 

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Greater Gliders going down! Take action

UPDATE!!  - Thanks to our surveys and hundreds of emails and calls

LOGGING HAS BEEN STOPPED!!

The Department will now conduct 'verification' surveys. Stay tuned for updates and thanks for your support!

Twenty year long dodgy logging deals called "Regional Forest Agreements" exempt logging from national environment laws.

These dodgy deals expire in a few weeks time and could be rolled over for another two decades of doom for forest wildlife!

Take Action here! Call on state and federal governments to end the dodgy deals and give forest wildlife a fair go. Click here to email the Minister. 


In the Queensborough river forests of far East Gippsland protected habitat for the Greater Glider is being logged.

Community surveys reported a population of Greater Gliders in a logging coupe earlier this week triggering legal protection of the forest.

The Victorian Labor government are continuing to log where protected Gliders have been found. Locations where Greater Gliders were reported have now been logged.

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Phone Treasurer Tim Pallas - VicForests sole shareholder

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas is the sole shareholder of government logging agency VicForests. 

He has the power to direct VicForests to stop logging in protected wildlife habitat and comply with the law. 

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Protected Greater Gliders being logged! - Take Action

A colony of protected Greater Gliders has been found in VicForests logging coupe 892-507-0020 in the Queensborough river forest. Surveys conducted by GECO and Fauna and Flora Research Collective have documented a 'high density' of Greater Gliders triggering legal protection of the forest.

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VicForests charged for illegally logging East Gippsland rainforest

Media Release - Friday March 9th

VicForest has been charged for illegally logging rainforest in an East Gippsland logging coupe. The logging operation took place in the Serpentine Creek Rainforest Site of Significance near Cann River, causing serious damage to protected warm temperate rainforest.

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VicForests charged over alleged illegal logging in Gippsland forest

Originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald, March 9 

Author: Adam Carey

Victoria’s state-owned forestry corporation has been charged with illegal logging of a rainforest in East Gippsland after a near two-year investigation.

The Andrews government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is pursuing VicForests over alleged destruction of a protected section of native forest near Cann River in the state’s far east.

VicForests will defend the charges in court next month.

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Andrews government accused of 'impotent approach' to logging breaches

Originally published in The Age - By Farrah Tomazin, 25 February, 2018

The_Age_RF_photo.jpgThe Andrews government has spent years investigating claims of unlawful logging against its state-owned timber company without enforcing any penalties.

Documents reveal Victoria's environment department is currently probing 27 alleged forest breaches against VicForests, reported by the community between January 2016 and December 2017 - including multiple claims involving rainforests, where timber harvesting is prohibited.

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Forest protector arrested as police break up East Gippsland blockade

Police have broken up a peaceful blockade of an old growth forest logging operation at Granite Mountain near Buldah in far East Gippsland. A man who climbed a tripod structure blocking access to the old growth logging coupe was arrested at 6pm yesterday evening. The man was charged and bailed and will appear in Orbost magistrates court in April. Logging in the untouched forest will resume today after the protest halted operations for ten days.

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Authorities move in to remove old growth forest blockade

Government officials from the Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport (DEDJTR) and Resources are expected to break up a forest blockade this morning in far East Gippsland. Four cars carrying 6 authorised officers from the department and one local police officer are on the site this morning.

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