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Victoria leads logging of native forests

8 August 2014

Victoria has become the largest producer of wood from logging native forests in the country, following a dramatic contraction in Australia’s native timber industry over the past decade.

The industry’s decline, and Victoria’s rise to the top, is in large part a result of native timber losing its prized international woodchip markets, with domestic and international plantations now favoured by buyers in Japan and China.

Professor David Lindemayer lashes Napthine Government over endangered state emblem

22 May 2014

AUSTRALIA’S leading expert on Victoria’s endangered faunal emblem the Leadbeater’s possum has delivered a stinging attack on the Napthine Government’s plan to protect the species.

Professor David Lindenmayer from the Australian National University said decades of research had been thrown out the window in favour of propping up the state-owned logging business.

He also said elements of the plan were a waste of public money.

No good, possum

22 April 2014

A MULTI-MILLION dollar pledge to save the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum has been praised by government ministers, but the world’s expert on the animal said measures won’t go far enough.

 On Monday 14 April, Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith and Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh released the Leadbeater’s Possum Advisory Group (LPAG) report and its recommendations to the public.

Logging and possums don't mix

18 March 2014

Despite assurances from the State-owned logging corporation, the Leadbeater's possum cannot peacefully co-exist with timber production.

A MEDIA STATEMENT released (pdf) by the state-owned logging enterprise last week acknowledged a 'detection' of Leadbeater's possum by conservation volunteers tracking remnant colonies in the ash forests north-east of Melbourne.

Knitting nannas in court over purler of a protest against logging at Mount St Leonard

1 December 2013

As eight ''nannas'' face the clogged court system for knitting in a logging coupe, the price of protest in Victoria is set to escalate.

Knitting nanas

From left, Knitting Nannas Tess Hughes, Marion Lewis, Karena Goldfinch, Margaret O'Connell, Deanne Eccles and Lynn Dean. Photo: Meredith O'Shea

Vested interests’ are harming efforts to save the Leadbeater’s possum

28 November 2013

Panel created to save Victoria’s faunal emblem favours the logging industry, says Wilderness Society.

The Leadbeater's possum is Victoria's faunal emblem. Photograph: guardian.co.uk