The Labor Party pledged during the 2006 State election that
"In addition to the Goolengook Block, a Labor Government will immediately protect remaining significant stands of old growth forest currently available for timber harvesting by including them in the National Parks and reserves system."
The Brumby Government has broken this promise. The bulldozers moved in last week.
When queried about this decision to destroy the old growth forest, the response from Premier Brumby’s office was
“since VicForests have moved the contractors in, there is nothing we can do”.
It is worth noting that none of the forest areas specified for protection have actually been protected yet either, 2 years after the election. It seems that the Brumby government supports clearfelling old growth forest as "business as usual" despite the forest's critical role in storing carbon (over 1000 tonnes per hectare) and providing water for the depleted Snowy River catchment.
These forests also provide habitat for threatened species such as the Powerful Owl, the Spot Tailed Quoll, mainland Australia's largest marsupial carnivore, and the Long-footed Potoroo, Victoria's rarest marsupial.
Locals have recently constructed East Gippsland's first old growth forest walk in these forests, which the Department of Sustainability and Environment knows about.
Please Take Action
Brown Mountain needs everybody’s help.
Please email and/or brief all your networks, family and friends and have them contact the Premier’s office.
Call: 03 9651 5111
In your calls and emails, simply express your opposition at the logging of old growth forests in absolute contravention of the Labor's commitment to protect old growth forests in East Gippsland.
More information and photos
- The GECO website
- East Gippsland forest protection report, Peter Campbell
- Summary of East Gippsland forest protection report, Peter Campbell
- Brown Mountain old growth forest, Greenlivingpedia