Central Highlands

The Knitting Nannas vs tree loggers

27 October 2015

Green group of elderly women claim truckers are trying to intimidate them at forest protest by driving too close

  • Knitting Nannas of Toolangi protest against the destruction of native forest
  • They claim they have been intimidated and bullied by pro-loggers
  • A logging truck allegedly drove dangerously past them, speeding
  • Later, an image of a logged tree with spray painted 'hug this' was posted
  • It was posted to their Facebook page by a pro-logger 

New colonies of Leadbeater's possum discovered in logging forests

23 October 2015

The politically sensitive and critically endangered Leadbeater's possum, which is also happens to be Victoria's animal emblem, is again proving a challenge with the discovery of dozens of new colonies in forests on Melbourne's northern doorstep that are open to logging.

In recent months government and community surveys have found 71 new colonies of Leadbeater's possum in the central highland forests.

Coalition's secret deal to protect AP

20 July 2015

A secret deal by the former State Government to supply Australian Paper with timber at a discounted fixed price has shed further light on the financial vulnerability of the Maryvale Mill.

A Department of Treasury briefing, seen by The Express as supplied by The Age, reveals Maryvale Mill owner Australian Paper had failed to hand over $10 million that VicForests said it was owed.

Victorian native forest timber offered at discount price to Japanese mill

17 July 2015

Australia Paper Morwell site

Australia Paper worker Darrin Canning at the Morwell site. Photo Jason South

Victoria's native timber was offered to a Japanese-owned paper mill at a discounted fixed price as part of a secret government deal to end a protracted multimillion-dollar dispute over unpaid debts.

Victoria must stop clearfelling to save Leadbeater’s Possum

23 April 2015

The Leadbeater's possum David Lindemayer

Leadbeater’s Possum is dependent on large, old trees that produce hollows for its survival. David Lindemayer

The Leadbeater’s Possum, Victoria’s faunal emblem, has been formally recognised as critically endangered. In a media release late on Wednesday, Environment Minister Greg Hunt stated there was an “unequivocal need” to move the species from endangered to the critical listing.

Barnaby Joyce accused of pushing Leadbeater's possum towards extinction

13 March 2015

The agriculture minister’s decision to choose paper sourced from forests logged in the possum’s habitat criticised by environmentalists

The Leadbeater's possum

It is thought only 1,500 Leadbeater’s possums have survived. Photograph: Healesville Sanctuary/AAP

Barnaby Joyce, the agriculture minister, has been accused of pushing Victoria’s animal emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum, closer towards extinction by personally intervening to ensure his department uses paper sourced from its habitat.

Australian Paper facing tough choices

26 February 2015

Australian Paper says unless it lifts performance, and soon, the business may not survive, following four straight years of losses.

Chief operating officer Peter Williams says a turnaround in financial performance is ‘critical’ for Australian paper production to continue. The company has just announced the closure of its 60-year-old Shoalhaven mill.

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