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30 Years Fighting for Forests Celebration

January 11, 2024

In December 2023 we celebrated our 30th anniversary along with the end of native forest logging in Victoria! We reflected on the epic battles of the campaign, the people that passed along the way, and the people who stuck through it all thick and...

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30 Years Fighting for Forests Podcast

December 19, 2023

To celebrate our 30th anniversary, this new 6-part podcast series looks back on the wins, losses and lessons of a thirty year campaign to protect the forests of East Gippsland in Victoria. Produced by Fiona York and 3CR and available wherever you get your...

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Logging to end by 2024! What's next I wonder...

May 25, 2023

Huge news. The Premier announced today that native forest logging will cease in Victoria by Jan 1st 2024!  This is a win for the beautiful movement which has showed up for forests for decades! Every single person that came to blockades, lobbied your MP,...

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Mass meeting endorses a state-wide action for forests

March 21, 2023

GECO's mass meeting event on Tuesday March 7th, 2023 was designed to build confidence within the environment movement to continue to organise for forests, despite increasing repression. It also proposed a common platform with First Nations struggles and the union movement in how we...

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Unburnt Errinundra refuge gets some protection!

December 07, 2022

Remember the Defend Errinundra campaign in 2021, which saw over 15 arrests and stopped logging for 5 months? Well, nearly 9000 ha (or over 4000 MCG’s worth!) of this critical climate refuge has now been put into Special Protection Zones, preventing logging. This is...

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Why GECO fights for all native forests, not just old growth.

November 14, 2022

As a result of pressure from environment groups, including GECO’s campaign to save Kuark, in early November 2019 Daniel Andrews made the completely false post election declaration that 100% of old growth forest would be protected. It accounted to 90,000 ha at the time. ...

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New recommended protections for species post Black Summer. But how good are they?

October 07, 2022

Immediately after the 2019 - 2020 Black Summer bushfires, the state government rolled over the disastrous Regional Forest Agreements (which commit and define the practice of native forest logging). As part of this roll over the RFAs were required to assess and implement measures...

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From vulnerable to endangered; how the Andrews government has fuelled decline of the Greater Glider

July 15, 2022

In devastating, but unsurprising news, the iconic Southern Greater Glider was listed as endangered under federal environment laws last week. Native forest logging, climate change, and bushfires were all named as serious threats to the glider which led to the listing. The Greater Glider...

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New Laws Criminalise Forest Protestors

June 08, 2022

On May 24th 2022 Mary-Anne Thomas - Victorian state ALP Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development and Ingrid Stitt - ALP Minister for Workplace Safety, introduced the Sustainable Forests Timber Amendment (Timber Harvesting Safety Zones) Bill 2022 aimed at further criminalising forest protests at logging...

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