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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.

Loss of contract a blow for East Gippsland logging industry

13 May 2014

The future of native forests logging in East Gippsland is under a cloud after the main woodchip customer in the region announced it would not renew its contract with Victoria's state-owned timber company.

South East Fibre Exports, which owns a large woodchip mill at Eden in south-east NSW, has told VicForests it will not accept East Gippsland residual timber - the waste from native forest logging not turned into sawlogs - after this year.

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:

A government devoid of morals

3 October 2013

Why must it take a tiny environment group to force a government to obey its own laws on threatened species? Jill Redwood wonders what happened to the Victorian Government's morals.

AS I WRITE, the bulldozers and chainsaws are brutalising another superb stand of ancient forest not far from where I am just out of Orbost, south-eastern Victoria.