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VEAC enquiry into Victoria’s eastern forests values
Some good news to come from the Andrews Government Forest Taskforce; the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) has been asked to carry out a ‘mini-assessment’ of the environmental values of Victoria’s eastern forests.
VEAC will also be looking at estimated volumes of logs remaining in logging zones within public forests. This will be the first time we have seen a genuine independent assessment of how much is really there.
The results should be presented early in the New Year and will be extremely valuable in deciding the future management of forests.
The Taskforce otherwise drags on and meanwhile Daniel Andrews has allowed VicForests to continue targeting extremely high value forests to obliterate while discussions continue for their protection! Smash-it-down-Dan could be doing a lot more to pull VicForests into line.
Bunnings cops customer criticism
Have you noticed that our politicians are far less sensitive to public criticism than companies are? A new campaign is targeting retailers and aims to influence the forest destroying products they sell. Bunnings hardware is the first target. It is selling products that have come from clearfelled Mountain Ash forests and Leadbeaters possum habitat. The online petition to Bunnings has had a huge effect that the owners can no longer ignore or try to defend VicForests way of clearfelling.
You can sign and share at https://www.change.org/p/lowest-standards-are-just-the-beginning-demand-bunnings-stop-selling-endangered-timber
Email your local store today and let them know what you think click here
It will only take 2 minutes and your email will help Bunnings realise that they can't keep ignoring their customers and the community. The more people that write to their local Bunnings store, the harder it will be for Bunnings to keep selling these products.
We have some classy greetings cards for sale depicting five different East Gippsland forest images. Being blank they can be used to give as presents or used for any occasion through the year. On SPECIAL in our online shop
- $15 for a pk of ten. Funds help our work to protect forests.
If you’d like to give the forests and wildlife a Christmas present – please consider a donation https://chuffed.org/project/kuark-forests-too-precious-to-lose
Review of state environment laws?
Victoria’s nature protection laws are broken. In 2014, the Andrews Government promised to review Victoria’s main nature protection law – the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act – but to date very little has been done. There is real concern that the planned review will weaken rather than strengthen the laws.
Your support is needed. Environment Justice Australia has produced an easy-send submission
– one minute of your time could help save hundreds of species.
Frogs and Flying Foxes
There have been pros and cons of the wetter cooler spring we have just gone through.
Over Spring the endangered Baw Baw frog
in the Central Highlands was discovered , as well as the Large Brown Tree Frog
in the Mt Jersey area of East Gippsland . This was believed extinct regionally.
The cool wet spring has not been so kind to the vulnerable Grey-headed Flying Foxes though. It’s meant there is very little blossom in the forests and there is a mass die-off of Flying Foxes in Qld and along the NSW coast. They are also starving in areas of Victoria with many resorting to raiding gardens and green fruit in town areas.
Kind people have been putting hanging baskets of chopped fruit out for them at night as many baby flying foxes are dying from starvation.
Frogs stop the logging
Just days after a logging crew moved into high value mature forests to start the systematic destruction, GECO citizen surveyors
were on their tail! More threatened wildlife was found that VicForests didn't. Loggers have now been told to move out while confirmation surveys are done.
Unions take pay cut to keep pulp mill alive
After the AMWU agreed to a wage freeze
and reduced hours between Australian Paper’s maintenance workers in March 2016, the CFMEU has now also agreed to accept a pay cut of $100 a week
for its workers. The unions and its members agreed to the backwards moves in order to help the company which is obviously still in financial strife after 4 years of losses. Read more on the EEG website here
Move over logging industry …
The tourism industry in Gippsland is far more valuable than logging. From a recent Destination Gippsland report
“ investment activity increased and visitation was well up on last year (+23%)… the Gippsland Visitor Economy generates an estimated $1.2b in Gross Regional Product (11% of the total Gippsland economy). It supports 12,400 jobs (12% of all Gippsland employment)
in over 3,000 businesses across every community in Gippsland"