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 protection of East Gippsland’s forests.
Here’s a recap of what’s happened over the last year;
The Premier and Environment Minister promised to protect old growth forests, but old growth forests are still being logged right now. We need to know how they're going to stick to their commitment and ban old growth logging for good.
Send the premier and minister an email so they know we expect them to take immediate action to protect old growth forests like they've said.
UPDATE: The Minster has announced the Code review consultation has been withdrawn and acknowledged there are legitimate concerns around the draft changes. We raised our voices and she listened.
It's really important that future changes to logging regulations strengthen environmental protections, not weaken them as the environment department had intended. Send the Minsiter a personal email calling on her to ensure protections for the environment and wildlife are strengthened, including for the Greater Gliders, rainforests and old growth forests.
Email: [email protected]
The Victorian Environment Department (DELWP) is proposing huge changes to the way our forest wildlife is protected from logging. The Code of Practice for Timber Production sets rules and standards that the logging industry must meet and the environment department must enforce.
The Code is currently under review and the department are proposing sweeping changes, including a proposed deletion of more than 400 specific protection rules for the environment.
These changes would be a disaster for precious old growth forests, habitat for threatened wildlife and rare and endangered ecosystems.Read more
East Gippsland's old growth forests are being destroyed by logging.
Please support the protection of East Gippsland's forests and wildlife. Email Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews now.
We need to pile on the pressure and make the government act.
Threatened Species Day statement - Decisive action needed to protect Threatened Species from logging
Victorian environment groups are marking National Threatened Species Day by calling on the Andrews Labor government to take decisive action to protect forest wildlife from logging and fast track a long overdue action plan for the vulnerable Greater Glider.
Concerns are being raised that despite Premier Andrews Forest Industry Taskforce reaching key agreements on the urgent need to protect forests and threatened species habitats, logging has continued unabated in critical habitat.
Image: Recent logging of Greater Glider habitat in East GippslandRead more
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.
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!
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.
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.Read more
For twenty years the native forest logging industry has been exempt from complying with Federal environment laws. The exemption is granted through the Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs).Read more