East Gippsland

The logging industry in East Gippsland has been in steep decline for years.

It’s a safe National party seat though and the pollies think they have to look after their planet-despoiling mates, regardless of how inefficient, unpopular, costly and destructive the industry is.

Even with a handful of lousy jobs left in wiping out forests for woodchips (less than 1% of the region’s workforce), the government is illogically devoted to its survival. This not only costs us millions out of our taxes annually, but directly stuffs up other healthy growing industries like tourism.

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DSE - prosecuting while being prosecuted

20 August 2012

View through the log grabberIt reads like a silly Monty Python sketch, but this absurdity is real.

On 6th August the Department of Sustainability and Environment was to be in court prosecuting VicForests for criminally logging rainforests at Murrungowar in East Gippsland.

In a curious paradox, EEG served papers on DSE for not adhering to rainforest protection laws just three days before. That is - DSE is being sued for not protecting rainforests while at the same time DSE was to prosecute VicForests for logging rainforests.

VicForests compares apples with Jerusalem artichokes

13 January 2012

VicForest foresters and PR men always like to present their ‘facts’ as unquestionable science and anyone who dares question them are blasphemers.
Well – get a load of their latest ‘home brand’ fact sheet on logging. VicForests are proudly peddling this small two page glossy on their homepage and it’s a truly amazing mishmash of statistics and a skewed analysis of logging in East Gippsland.

Supreme Court orders stop to logging East Gippsland rainforest

14 December 2011

Environment East Gippsland presented the Court with official Victorian Government maps to show that the disputed area is a protected National Rainforest Site of Significance.  VicForests submitted that the maps were wrong, and that the government department was scrambling to move the boundaries on the official maps before Court resumes next Tuesday 20 December 2011.

"It's a huge win for the forests today", said EEG secretary Liz Ingham who attended the court. "The Court stopped the logging in the nick of time, to prevent a rainforest reserve being logged."

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