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Environment East Gippsland Forest Update

Hello everyone,

We’re getting prepared for a judgement although we still have no whisper of when. We are still in need of financial help if you can manage a wee bit (or more).

In this update:

  1. How you can help
  2. a) sign onto the Get-up campaign
    b) paint a house banner/placard
    c) buy our wines
    d) join EEG if you’re not already a member
    e) donate before the end of the financial year
    f) Ritchies supermarkets

  3. Age article on VicForests illegally destroying old growth
    in the Central Highlands.

1a) GET-UP goes in to bat for forests –

While the media is focused on the political machinations in Canberra, there is a truly transformative moment opening up in the 30 year struggle to protect Australia's native forests.
Would you like to be a part of it?
In an amazing development, the Board of Gunns Ltd no longer includes Robin Gray and John Gay, two of the biggest enemies of forestry industry reform and two of the fiercest champions of the Gunns pulp mill.
The forestry industry - in Tasmania and elsewhere - are finally recognising that their destructive practices can't continue forever. They're ready to sit down with the conservation movement, including our friends at The Wilderness Society and Environment Tasmania, to talk about transitioning to a more sustainable future.
But there are still those in industry and government resisting reform, which is why we need a show of strength to support our partners in these once in a generation talks. We need to build a mass movement -- imagine 50,000 Australians behind a set of Forestry Principles to guide the industry, retailers and all levels of government to a sustainable future:
Show your support
The Forestry Principles call for a swift transition away from the industrial logging of our precious native forests and for the establishment of 'protected areas' for all of our high conservation value native forests.
The forestry industry will be walking into these talks with their corporate wealth and power. But imagine our negotiating partners walking in with 50,000 Australians right at their backs, along with the support of a united environment movement. After decades of conflict, you can help seal the deal on reform, just by adding your name.
9 out of 10 Australians are in favour of protecting the high conservation value native forests of Tasmania, New South Wales and Victoria (1). And according to our regular surveys, native forest protection is one of of the most important issues to GetUp members. But nothing will change unless we stand up and be counted.
These negotiations between industry and conservation groups are an extraordinary development. We have been fighting for this chance for too long--don't let it pass us by.

Thanks for standing up for our forests,
The GetUp Team

PS - Ready for more action to protect native forests? It's coming, but it can't happen without a strong movement united behind the Forestry Principles--sign up here. And don't forget to tell your friends--just send them this email and tell them to take just one moment to protect an Australian legacy for generations to come.

(1) Galaxy Omnibus Poll of 1,100 respondent aged 16 years and older, conducted 28-30 May 2010.

1b) House banners -

We’re wanting to get a message out across the suburbs that forests are a big issue with voters. If we could see banners or placards springing up across streets and roads – especially the busier ones – it would send a fantastic message to pollies and the voters. These ads would be worth thousands normally. Here’s one example ...


Please help – dig out an old length of material, calico, canvas or buy a few metres, then paint away. Or find a piece of corflute (plastic corrugated board) and paint your message on it. Please take a photo and click here to send us the image and we’ll start a gallery of house banners/placards.

1c) Good quality wines on offer
Your purchase makes a difference with 50% of Goodwill Wine's profit from every bottle going to Environment East Gippsland Inc.

1d) Join EEG
If you’re not already a member and receive the Potoroo Review – chock full of news on forests, the environment and politics. $15 - $20 a year or $30 a household.
You can join/renew on line or post a cheque to EEG, Locked Bag 3, ORBOST 3888. The Winter/Spring issue is being worked on now.

1e) Make a tax-deductible donation EEG before Thursday and we’ll send you a tax receipt for claiming on this year’s tax. What better cause to pass on your spare dollars to – climate moderating, water purifying, wildlife protecting, soil holding, cloud making forests.

1f) Help Environment East Gippsland by shopping at any Ritchies Supermarket!
If you have a Ritchies supermarket near you, you can ask that part of the money you spend there goes to EEG. Simply enter EEG on Ritchies Community Benefit Card Application form at any Ritchies supermarket or Liquor store.
CB number: 94446.
Then your Community Benefit Card will be issued to you in the store and can be used, immediately! You can have a key tag or a Plastic Card or both. Your card will be scanned at the register, which will automatically allocate a percentage of the money you spend to EEG.
For the location of your nearest Ritchies Supermarket or Liquor store
Phone Ritchies Head Office on (03) 9784 2000 or check

2) The Age newspaper article

Todays’s Age (June 29th) has run a story on the logging of old growth forests in the Central Highlands. Under the management plan, this is illegal. Please read the story here or see below.
click on the link if you can – it lets them know people are interested in forest stories.
Please write letters (under 250 words) or short Access pieces(under 50 words) to including your name, address and phone number.

VicForests accused of felling old-growth mountain ash
June 29, 2010

Mountain Ash

Sarah Rees at the base of an ancient mountain ash spared the chainsaw
but killed during a clean-up fire near Toolangi.
She says the present situation is an emergency. Photo: John Woudstra

THE Victorian government's forestry arm will face a legal challenge over claims it illegally logged old-growth forest and increased the risk to a threatened species.
Environmental groups accuse VicForests of felling dozens of pre-1900 ash eucalypts, breaching the Central Highlands Forest Management Plan. An impending legal case will also claim the timber agency failed to protect habitats necessary for the survival of Victoria's threatened faunal emblem, Leadbeater's possum.
Ecologist Jacques Cop, from consultants Acacia Environmental Group, said a survey of just one coupe near Toolangi found 31 pre-1900 ash eucalypts had been logged. Five stumps were more three metres across.
''These are trees that are 200 or 300 years old,'' he said.
Mr Cop said the area should also have been protected as a Leadbeater's possum habitat as it met the threshold of having at least 12 hollowed trees within three hectares.
He said neither the state Department of Sustainability and Environment nor VicForests carried out ground surveys to check if ecological requirements were being met.
Sarah Rees, president of local group My Environment, said the situation was an emergency.
''If this doesn't stop we're going to lose the last viable habitat for a range of different species, but Leadbeater's possum carries the strongest case for legal protection,'' she said.
The state government said it took the allegations ''extremely seriously''.
Spokesman Michael Sinclair said VicForests would investigate the alleged breaches and report to the Department of Sustainability and Environment. VicForests spokesman David Walsh said the agency carried out detail planning before harvesting to ensure it acted within the law and had offered to meet local residents to better understand their concerns.
''No old-growth forest is harvested by VicForests in Victoria's central highlands region,'' he said.
The legal case, being prepared on behalf of a group called the Flora and Fauna Research Collective, comes amid community concern about the scale of logging in the central highlands after the Black Saturday bushfires.
The Wilderness Society said that evidence supporting the latest claims showed illegal logging of native forests was rife under the state government's watch. A separate allegation of illegal logging at Brown Mountain, in east Gippsland, is the subject of a pending Supreme Court judgment.
''Premier Brumby must act now to end VicForests' woodchip rampage in Victoria's magnificent native forests,'' said Wilderness Society spokesman Luke Chamberlain.

Jill Redwood
Environment East Gippsland Inc

FORESTS - our breathing space!