Forest Plundering

Leadbeater's possum national park plans dealt a blow

15 November 2015

The Leadbeater's possum. Photo Justin McManus

The Leadbeater's possum is believed to be perilously close to extinction. Photo: Justin McManus

A plan for a new national park to protect the endangered Leadbeater's possum has been dealt a blow with revelations VicForests locked in millions of dollars worth of new logging contracts.

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 

Victorian timber bound for China under secret Andrews Government rescue plan

13 July 2015

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VicForests has been left without a market for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of residual timber. Photo: Andrew Quilty

Victoria's low grade native timber could soon be packed into shipping containers bound for China and other cut-price countries for processing under a plan to help ailing state timber company VicForests.

Logging in East Gippsland losing up to $5.5 million a year

28 May 2015

Environmental activists in East Gippsland. Photo: Goongerah Environment Centre Office

Logging in East Gippsland is not commercially viable and cutting down native forests across the region is racking up losses of up to $5.5 million a year, internal government documents reveal.

Errinundra Plateau rainforest canopy needlessly destroyed in East Gippsland, Environment Dept report finds

4 May 2015

A report from the Department of Environment has revealed VicForests' contractors needlessly destroyed rainforest canopy in East Gippsland

The department visited the area last month to investigate claims VicForests had illegally logged rainforest on the Erindurra Plateau.

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.

Forestry industry out on a limb

9 August 2014

In its heyday, the town of Cann River in the far east of Victoria was home to seven sawmills. But now just one remains .

Bob Humphreys, 70, has run it for 43 years. As a boy he spent school holidays working at the mill.

In all that time no changes have been as dramatic as those which have buffeted the industry in the past five years.

‘‘Our critical mass has shrunk to such an extent that sooner or later it will no longer be viable. And we're rapidly approaching that point, I reckon,’’ Humphreys says.

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