East Gippsland

Bid now for more timber

26 June 2013
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East Gippsland timber processors will have to put in bids from next January to VicForests to buy their next five years’ supply of mixed species wood.

The state’s commercial forestry arm will also run a “commercial process” later in the year to sell the Victorian ash timber available from 2017. It will take into account the cutbacks in ash supply announced recently. About 50,000 cubic metres of quality (D-plus) mixed species sawlog timber is available from East Gippsland, which includes the Tambo and East Gippsland forest management areas.

VicForests avoids Supreme Court - agrees not to log rainforest sites.

21 November 2012

In an out of court settlement – VicForests has today avoided being taken to the Supreme Court a third time by environment groups. This follows the case against VicForests coming to an agreed end in the Supreme Court today.

VicForests agreed to protect 9 areas in nationally significant rainforest sites in East Gippsland.

“The out of court settlement means that VicForests agreed to no logging at three forest areas and to modify their logging boundaries in another six Rainforests Sites of National Significance”, said Jill Redwood.

VicForests posts loss after 'challenging year'

13 September 2012

TAXPAYER-OWNED native forest logging company VicForests has recorded another financial loss.

Environment groups and Greens have said it is “staggering that VicForests gets free land and trees to cut down but still manages to make a loss” and it would be cheaper to send its employees “to Bali to retire” than to keep the entity alive.

But VicForests says it is looking to the “future after a challenging year” and blamed the high Aussie dollar, global economic conditions and legal expenses for the loss.

State drops illegal harvesting case

10 August 2012

THE state environment department has dropped a court case against state-owned logging agency VicForests for alleged illegal harvesting of protected rainforest.

The two parties have instead cut an out-of-court deal meaning VicForests is almost certain to avoid a potential fine of up to $29,000.

In March The Age reported the Department of Sustainability and Environment had laid five charges on VicForests relating to harvesting of protected rainforest in the Orbost Forest District in East Gippsland in late 2010.

Native forest logs 'torched'

22 June 2012

HUNDREDS of tonnes of native forest logs harvested for timber have instead been "torched''.

They have been torched by a government agency, eyewitnesses say. And the locals question the viability of the Victorian Government logging agency.

VicForests harvested coupes near Genoa last year.

Locals say logs good enough for timber products – known as sawlogs – were not removed from the site, instead being pushed into piles and burned.

Forests agency sued for logging

19 March 2012

STATE-OWNED timber agency VicForests has been hit with court action by the Environment Department after it allegedly logged protected rainforest.

The court battle relates to VicForests' logging operations in the Orbost Forest District in East Gippsland, where the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment says unauthorised harvesting of rainforest and buffer areas took place.

A spokeswoman for the department confirmed the prosecution, saying charges laid on VicForests included "undertaking an unauthorised timber harvesting operation in a state forest".

Industry pushes against the grain

4 February 2012

THE logs - thousands of them - are piled neatly in an old sawmill yard at Neerim South, Gippsland. To the casual observer they may look unexceptional. But the truck drivers, paid by the government to cart the felled trees from the state's forests, know better. This place is a dumping ground, albeit temporary. And the wood - representing about 100 hectares of trees - symbolises long-term problems with the management of Victoria's native forests.