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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Report on EEG vs VicForests case - Brown Mountain

3 November 2011

It has been more than two years since Environment East Gippsland began legal action to sue the government’s logging monopoly, VicForests. In August 2009 we applied for an injunction for an immediate stop to logging at Brown Mountain. A year later, on 11 August 2010, the ruling was handed down. We had won our case!

Not only did Environment East Gippsland win the case for Brown Mountain, but we successfully set three major precedents for other community groups:

Brown Mountain - final court orders

15 September 2010

Environment East Gippsland has welcomed the final orders in the Brown Mountain landmark trial handed down in the Supreme Court on the 14th September.

“VicForests must pay 90% of our costs, as well as all their own costs, for this very long and expensive trial.

"DSE will need to undertake a series of surveys for two species of frogs and the spot tailed quoll in the coupes, there must be a review of protection areas for Sooty and Powerful owls and special conservation zones must be created for two species of gliders and the potoroo.

Win for forests in Supreme Court

11 August 2010

In a landmark decision today, the Supreme Court has found that the government has a responsibility to look for and protect endangered wildlife before logging in the contentious Brown Mountain forests of East Gippsland.

This judgment has implications for all native forests that are set to be destroyed by logging,” said EEG spokesperson Jill Redwood.

“If we hadn’t sued VicForests, Brown Mountain would have been illegally logged by now. And Brown Mountain is just one area. The government is logging publicly owned forests every day without endangered species surveys.”

Court upholds public interest in Brown Mountain forest proceedings

29 September 2009

The Supreme Court today refused VicForests' application for up to $163,000 in security from a small environment group. VicForests was asking for this sum to be secured before a court injunction is granted to stop logging on Brown Mountain.

"If EEG had been required to pay such a large sum of money, it could have stifled an important piece of public interest litigation", said EEG spokesperson Jill Redwood.

600 YEARS OLD!

1 June 2009

A hundred years ago the excuse was ignorance for destroying ancient forests. Now the only excuse is pure, cold-blooded, merciless politics, union corruption and political donations to the ALP.

Fair pricing hits the logging industry

1 June 2005

Fair prices? That's not fair!

When the new VicForests office took over the native forest logging 'shop', they came in with a nice new broom. Mill owners will have to compete for logs by bidding for them when their license runs out over the next few years. Meanwhile their current license for logs has had a 17-25% price increase. This has come as a real shock to some mills and we're hearing very loud squeals of protest. An increase in royalties is exactly what EEG has been asking for since the eighties.

As a result, well known grumpy old men and recipients of millions of dollars in subsidies and assistance, threaten to shut their eastern mill down - again. This cry of 'wolf' has been heard about twice a year, whenever things don't go their way. One particular mill owner usually ends up with another bucket of public money out of it, but hopefully not this time.

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