VicForests is the ultimate entity of entitlement, yet is still unable to ‘operate its business … as efficiently as possible consistent with prudent commercial practice’, as its Charter states it must.

In the last 10 years VicForests debt to the public could build 10 new schools, pay for 96 extra teachers or deploy five Erickson Skycranes each summer.

It has taken $25million in government grants and subsidies to help it haul $300 million of free logs from our forests for which it still owes Victorians $74million in unpaid dividends. It has never been economically viable.

Mr Napthine gives generous welfare handouts to the state’s biggest environmental vandal. If VicForests were an individual it would be called a hopeless dole bludger.  If it were a company it would have been bankrupted years ago as a fraudulent business.  

A Commission of Audit into this logging monopoly is the very least that should be held. They’ve been on the take since 2004.

Vicforests gets special treatment from government

16 March 2013

The recently released report from the Auditor General on the State's finances again raises questions about why VicForests was not required to pay a dividend again this year.

The report shows how the State Government demanded most Government businesses like Melbourne Water and other water authorities were all squeezed for additional dividend payments to help prop up the Government's "surplus". The fact that VicForests was exempt from this process must raise questions about why this Government business has been sheltered from Government cutbacks.

VicForests - losers in all regards

12 February 2013

If VicForests was a private company it'd be financially (as well as morally) bankrupt. VicForests’ 2012-13 Annual Report is out. A small 'profit' was made this year - as a result of not having to pay big legal bills they said, but still no dividend paid to the public (government) for their use of, or more correctly - obliteration of, public property.

Government protected welfare cheats

1 December 2012

OK - it goes like this - VicForests haven’t made a cracker since they started operations in 2004. In 2008 they put $127 million through their books and the expenses were $132 million = $5M loss. But they were given a $5.7M handout to cut down ash forests in the fire areas (not all this ash was burnt from several accounts). So they claimed they made a half million profit.

Invoice to VicForests

20 September 2012

This is the invoice presented to VicForests at their Healesville office today on behalf of the Victorian tax payers.  The invoice is for unpaid royalties.

Invoice to VF.pdf 205.25 kB


VicForests – welfare bludgers extraordinaire

15 September 2012

The VicForests Annual Report was tabled in Parliament this week (13/9/12). They made another loss.

And this year, VicForests is dressing up the loss with a new excuse. The argument that the bushfires are to blame for their past losses has worn thin so they are now blaming us. Fancy – little enviro groups having as big an impact as a decade of bushfires! VicForests continues to break the law, but blames community groups for being audacious enough to drag them into court.

Baillieu govt rewards VicForests for bad management

30 June 2011

VicForests has again been given aid of almost $1.3 million to clean up degraded clearfelled public forests that should have been rehabilitated and paid for by VicForests years ago.

“What other business has made a loss every year yet is rewarded by millions of dollars of tax payers money to keep going?” asked Jill Redwood of Environment East Gippsland.

“VicForests has claimed for years that they are regenerating all of the clearfelled forests they are responsible for. Now we see the government recognise that this is not so. It’s basically a $1.3 million lie.

VicForests – the scandals!

11 April 2011

The report to Treasury on the performance of VicForests was revealed in late February via an FOI by the Age newspaper. > Read it here.  It details much of their mismanagement and appalling behaviour. They have illegally logged forests, not adhered to their charter, not regenerated thousands of hectares of logged forest, lost millions of public money and of course thumbed their nose at environmental regulations.