Central Highlands

Environmental concerns about logging in Victoria unabated

20 August 2013
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TONY EASTLEY: Certainly CSG is on electors minds. As we travelled from the Liverpool Plains to Nimbin there were plenty of anti-CSG signs on the entrances to properties on the roads as we drove the seven hours north-east towards the coast and the Queensland border.
CSG, climate change and carbon pricing have dominated federal debate, shadowing other environmental issues.
In Victoria, environmentalists say the last of the unprotected old growth forest in east Gippsland is under threat from logging, as are many of the threatened species that rely on it. 

Environmentalists say federal laws fail to protect threatened species like Leadbeater’s possum

20 August 2013

Environmentalists say the plight of Victoria’s Leadbeater’s possum epitomises a national failure to protect endangered species.

The elusive endangered possum, which is the state’s official animal emblem, is restricted to pockets of ash forests in the Central Highlands of north-east Victoria.

Possum 'needs more room' to survive

16 August 2013

Victoria's endangered faunal emblem, the Leadbeater's possum, has insufficient habitat to ensure the species' long-term survival, a leaked report commissioned by the state government has found.

The findings have potential implications for Victoria's timber industry, with the cabinet-in-confidence report suggesting tens of thousands more hectares of forest habitat is needed to give Leadbeater's the best chance of avoiding extinction.

Loggers to help save possum

14 June 2013

Under increasing pressure to ensure the survival of Victoria’s endangered faunal emblem, Leadbeater’s possum, the Napthine government will create a taskforce headed by the timber industry and Zoos Victoria to consider how to save the species.

The move was immediately rejected by green groups, which refused to take part and criticised the creation of another committee when there was already a scientific recovery team dedicated to saving it.

Scientist: Australia taking ‘calculated actions’ to push Leadbeater’s possum to extinction

6 June 2013

Australia’s leading scientific expert on the endangered Leadbeater’s possum has publicly lambasted the Victorian state government, claiming it is the first ever domestic administration to take “calculated actions” that it knew could wipe out a threatened species.

Federal Govt suggests Victoria's animal emblem is critically endangered

28 May 2013

A leading expert says the Victorian Government is deliberately driving the state's faunal emblem to extinction. The State Government says that's not true. The Federal Government is concerned though.... it wants the Leadbeater's Possum to be listed as critically endangered.


EMILY BOURKE: There are accusations that the Victorian Government is deliberately driving the state's prized animal emblem to extinction, by allowing logging in its habitat.

It's estimated there may be as few as 1500 Leadbeater's Possums left in the wild.

The gathering tragedy in our forests

19 May 2013

Victoria’s forests are beset by problems – and time is running out to provide solutions.

Mention forest issues in Australia and almost everyone thinks of seemingly endless battles in Tasmania. Yet few people realise that large parts of the Victorian forest estate are in far worse shape than Tasmania’s.

This is because of the tiny fraction of remaining old growth, the rapid rate of overcutting of dwindling sawlog resources and the widespread use of antiquated and highly damaging clearfelling methods.

VicForests attacked over logging plan

16 May 2013

Victoria’s state-owned timber company will reduce logging by 25 per cent in the bushfire-ravaged mountain ash forests of the central highlands – but will wait until mid-2017 to make the shift.

The ash forests are home to Victoria’s endangered faunal emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum, whose numbers fell to well below 2000 after the Black Saturday fires ravaged its habitat and have not recovered.

Fears for Leadbeater’s possum

9 April 2013

The Napthine government has quietly dumped controversial proposed changes to the state’s timber code allowing loggers to seek exemptions from laws protecting endangered species.

The move paves the way for larger changes to rules covering endangered species and logging, which are being foreshadowed under a yet-to-be-finished ”forest biodiversity project”.

It comes as monitoring of endangered species populations in the state’s key central highlands forests – including Victoria’s endangered fauna emblem the Leadbeater’s possum – is believed to have found worrying results for some critical species.