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Have your say on inquiry into ecosystem decline

August 18, 2020

Right now submissions are open into the Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into ecosystem decline. The inquiry is an important opportunity to voice our concerns about how important Victoria's unique and threatened ecosystems and wildlife are, and that we expect the Victorian government to implement better...

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East Gippsland's forests under threat & a free pass for illegal logging

August 11, 2020

In the wake of the most catastrophic bushfires to date, and under the cover of Covid-19, the Dan Andrews government has started logging fire-damaged forests and precious areas outside the fire extent in East Gippsland. Forests that are recovering, and some of the last...

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Email the Victorian gov, moratorium until there's action for threatened wildlife

May 12, 2020

Despite this summer's terrible bushfires, the government are rushing in to log fire-damaged forests, and precious unburnt areas under the renewed legal exemptions for the logging industry from national environment laws. Thanks to thousands of Victorian's like you emailing the government and engaging in...

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Victorian government to log thousands of hectares of fire damaged forests

May 01, 2020

The Andrews government logging agency VicForests have written to Goongerah Environment Centre outlining plans to log thousands of hectares of forests affected by the 2019/2020 bushfires in East Gippsland, despite the known devastating ecological impacts of salvage logging. The government's own regulator is working...

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"The forests are now silent", short film tells the story of Kuark

April 28, 2020

Earlier this year we visited the ancient forests of Kuark with wilderness photographer Rob Blakers. A shocking series of before-and-after shots show the horrific impacts of the fires to ancient and rare cross-overs of warm and cool temperate rainforests. Environment Victoria traveled to bushfire...

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10-year legal exemptions rolled over, State and Federal govs fail to protect threatened species

April 01, 2020

  Legal exemption for the logging industry from federal environment law was signed off on Monday for another ten years in spite of the horrific impacts of the bushfires on forests and wildlife. Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) are agreements between State and Federal governments...

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Photos reveal Kuark forest devastated by recent bushfires

March 22, 2020

After a five year long community campaign, the iconic Kuark forest in East Gippsland was finally protected by the Victorian government. Tragically, Kuark was severely impacted by the devastating fires of 2019/2020. Kuark forest was one of the most bio-diverse forests in Victoria, rich...

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Environment Dept. allow VF contractors to go rogue on roadside clearing

March 03, 2020

Roadside clearing operations on the Princes Highway are complete, and now along hundreds of kilometres of tracks through burnt and unburnt forests, roadside logging is well underway. VicForests cowboys have been contracted by the Environment Department for hazardous tree removal, and they've been given...

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Logging industry 'suspended' pending closure in East Gippsland

February 07, 2020

VicForests has cancelled logging contracts in East Gippsland following the catastrophic bush fires this summer. It's estimated that around 50% of forests previously scheduled to be logged have been burnt by the fires, forcing VF to rethink its plans and suspend logging until at...

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Email the Premier to protect forests, and rule out salvage logging

February 03, 2020

In November 2019 the Daniel Andrews government announced a commitment for all logging in native forests across the state to stop by 2030. Now this summer’s fires have added an urgent need to protect what remains. The ecological devastation of the bushfires has been...

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Rainforests turned to ashes and logging industry calls to loot burnt forests

January 27, 2020

Below is footage of Martin's Creek, the largest area of warm temperate rainforest in Victoria that burnt in the bushfires in East Gippsland. Meanwhile the logging industry has been asking for government funding to salvage log in burnt areas. This is essentially further destroying...

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Urgent action for the Greater Glider

January 20, 2020

GECO along with our friends at Wildlife of the Central Highlands (WOTCH) have put together an email action for the the threatened Greater Glider. According to a leaked government report 25% of the remaining population of Greater Gliders is estimated to have perished in...

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Town of Goongerah devastated by fires

January 07, 2020

The small community of Goongerah in East Gippsland has been horribly impacted by fires still raging across the country. All residents are safe and accounted for, but 10 people have lost their homes. The town remains cut off, and the impact these fires have...

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Massive year for East Gippsland's forests!

December 23, 2019

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to all the people who wrote to politicians, made submissions, donated, signed petitions, and shared our posts. Thanks to you we’ve had some important wins, and we’re gearing up for another year of campaigning for permanent...

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