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.

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.

Why the Toolangi case was so important

15 May 2012

On 14 March 2012, environment group MyEnvironment lost their Supreme Court case against Vicforests.  The Court rejected their argument, made on their behalf by their lawyers Bleyer Lawyers and barristers Kristin Walker and Emrys Nekvapil, that Vicforests ought not be able to log forests at Toolangi that are habitat for the critically endangered Leadbeaters Possum.  The case’s many supporters will no doubt be disappointed with the final decision, however they can be reassured that the case was not in vain. 

Save Sylvia Supreme Court Case

6 February 2012
'MyEnvironment has demonstrated a strong case for the overall review of the adequacy of the reserve system intended to protect LBP habitat within the Central Highlands Forest Management Area. The [2009] bushfires have materially changed the circumstances in which the existing system was planned and implemented and there is, on the evidence, an urgent need to review it’  Justice Robert Osborn. 2012

Foresters still confused over a rainforest

18 January 2012

The fifth EPA audit of logging has been released recently and shows that DSE/VicForests is still incapable of ensuring full compliance with the Code of Practice.

The report checked logging done at 41 logging coupes during the 2006/7 financial year and its findings include:
More than 10% of coupes had fires that escaped outside the logging area.
One of the escaped fires burnt part of a Potoroo conservation reserve buffer.
Nearly half of the coupes (four out of nine) with areas of rainforest, did not have rainforest correctly identified (at two of these coupes, VicForests failed to find any rainforest).