Endangered Wildlife

Victoria’s state Faunal Emblem, the Leadbeaters Possum is more endangered than the Giant Pandas of China. Yet VicForests with the blessing of Napthine’s Liberal/National government keeps on destroying the last patches of their known habitat, all the while telling us they are looking after it.

In East Gippsland, a landmark Supreme Court case showed VicForests was logging without looking. They’d of course prefer not to see rare and endangered wildlife because they’d then have to protect them – y’know, abide by … the law.

It was clear that they have been illegally killing rare wildlife for years. In response, and in keeping with their underhanded operations, VicForests set up a system of surveys specially designed to give minimal results. Under-resourced people were sent out with limited time in the wrong season to look for only certain animals. 

The government also helped out by weakening the prescriptions that once protected some of these more ‘problematic’ rare animals. They didn't want these damned rare wildlife endangering VicForests' logging plans.

MyEnvironment Inc. Environment group heads to court to stop destruction of endangered possum’s home

24 August 2011

MyEnvironment Inc, a local Yarra Ranges environment group is heading to the courts today in a desperate attempt to stop logging in one of the few high-conservation value forests spared from the horrific Black Saturday bushfires and home to the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum.   

A writ to be filed in the Melbourne Supreme Court this morning seeking an injunction against state-owned timber company VicForests to stop logging at Sylvia Creek forest, which has been a hotbed of protest action in the past month.

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.