Central Highlands

The magnificent lush Central Highlands forests to the NE of Melbourne are both the city’s lungs and water catchment and purifier.

It’s the recreational backyard for thousands. But it’s also located near the biggest dirtiest pulp and paper factory in Australia – in the Latrobe Valley. Japanese owned Australian Paper makes Reflex paper (real bad stuff).

The company did a deal with the government decades ago to secure cheap, ongoing access to these public forests.  In return we the public prop up this company to the tune of millions of dollars a year. VicForests' logging also sucks dry our valuable water catchments thanks to the water guzzling young regrowth that comes back. The water value is far more than the woodchips are worth.

This is just more economic insanity compliments of VicForests and the government. The woodchip and paper industries are clearly the owners and trainers of our government.


VicForests finally admits – the logs aren’t there

23 January 2017

Forests are not a Magic Pudding and this fact finally caught up with the government and VicForests in January 2017.  Knocking down forests faster than they can regrow has been the management standard for decades by every logging agency and overseen and excused by every government (Liberal and Labor). After such cut-throat management, the industry and workers are now screaming that their throats have been cut because the limit has been reached; forests can no longer provide the sawlogs demanded.

Hollow effort VicForests

29 November 2015

In the 50 years since Leadbeaters possum was rediscovered, logging has destroyed more than 50% of the forests that were the possums habitat. Leadbeaters possum now lives in an area in the Central Highlands that has about 25 million trees.

In their latest cynical publicity stunt, Vicforests have created artificial hollows in 78 of these trees or 0.0003% of the trees in the LBP habitat area.

Leadbeater’s Action Statement

4 October 2014

Earlier this year the Leadbeater’s Possum Advisory Group (LPAG) delivered its reports to the state government. The group had been established by the government to make recommendations to support “the recovery of the Leadbeater’s Possum while maintaining a sustainable timber industry”. The group included no specialist expertise, being composed entirely of government employees and representatives of the logging industry. Predictably its recommendations were mediocre and all were accepted by the government.