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Tree-sit protests in Melbourne's CBD and East Gippsland call for protection of forests

A tree-sit has been set up in Melbourne's CBD in solidarity with ongoing protests in Errinundra, East Gippsland. For four weeks a blockade has stopped logging in East Gippsland. Search and rescue police have already arrived to arrest the tree-sitter bringing the issue to Melbourne's Treasury Gardens.
The Premier Dan Andrews listened to the health advice when it came to tackling the pandemic. But his government are ignoring scientific advice to protect key refuge areas for threatened species impacted by the bushfires, and logging is going ahead and scheduled in hundreds of areas across Victoria.
Tree-sit in Treasury Gardens in solidarity with Errinundra protests


You can also take action by contacting these decision makers:
Premier Dan Andrews
(03) 9651 5000
Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio
(03) 9637 9504
Agriculture MinisterMary-Anne Thomas
(03) 8392 2261

The Melbourne protest action is in support of ongoing protests which have prevented logging for 4 consecutive weeks in a contentious area of unburnt forest at the Errinundra Plateau in East Gippsland. Last week two protesters occupying tree sits in the forest were arrested, one person had spent 11 days occupying a tree-sit platform stopping logging machines from moving into the area. Another protester has climbed 30 meters up a tree and is currently stopping the imminent destruction of the forest.


For four consecutive weeks protests have stopped logging machinery from moving into forests on the Errinundra Plateau


Government owned VicForests have ignored advice from the Government’s Environment Department that logging in the area should not go ahead, in what scientists call the ‘best of the best’ habitat remaining for bushfire affected wildlife like the Greater Glider.

Despite the horrific impacts of the bushfires there have been no changes to logging schedules and additional areas have been added to logging plans since fires raged across eastern Victoria last year.  The Errinundra Plateau, which survived the catastrophic bushfire, now has more than 60 areas earmarked for logging.

“The Andrews government is following the scientific advice when it comes to COVID-19. But when it comes to following advice from the government’s own scientists that logging should stop to prevent irreversible damage to biodiversity.” said Chris Schuringa, spokesperson for East Gippsland environment group Goongerah Environment Centre.


Post-fire logging in an active coupe nearby in the Goongerah water catchment

“We know logging kills wildlife and turns their homes to piles of debris. Just last week studies are again showing the links between logging and hotter bushfires. But the government is ignoring the science and is logging business as usual.” said Chris Schuringa

“The 2030 expiry for the native forest logging industry is already years too late. The government has quickly mobilised and made massive changes and followed the health advice. They need to listen to the science on logging and protect forests.” said Chris Schuringa.  

“Millions of hectares of forest burnt just over a year ago. Three billion animals died. It's time to immediately protect our forests and bring forward a just transition for the logging industry.” said Chris Schuringa.


Media contact:


Chris Schuringa

[email protected]

0418 912 625


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