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 the RFA review process, important new clauses have been added to the agreements.
In the absence of scrapping the dodgy exemptions, the Victorian government has made commitments to:
1. Conduct risk assessments for all listed threatened species by October this year
2. Consider the impacts of climate change on vulnerable species
3. Review the current reserve system and update state environment laws
4. Conduct a major event review to consider the impacts of this summer's bushfires
We expect all these commitments to be conducted by independent scientific experts, in consultation with the community, and result in strengthened protections for threatened species.
Until the commitments are met, we're calling for an immediate moratorium on logging across Victoria. The government cannot continue logging wildlife habitat and threatened ecosystems after the devastating bushfires before new and stronger protections are implemented. Join us in calling for better protections for wildlife.
The Victorian government’s logging agency VicForests is conducting a controversial experiment in East Gippsland that it says is ‘very likely’ to kill Greater Gliders, a forest species listed as vulnerable to extinction.Read 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The Greater Glider is heading for extinction, but logging in critical habitat continues with outdated and weak or non existent protections.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.