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The Age: ‘Protection zones’ for endangered possums already logged, environment groups say

November 25, 2022

Forest areas the Andrews government recently set aside to protect the endangered greater glider had been logged before they were gazetted, providing scant additional habitat for the rare possum. In October, the state government...

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AFR: Logging native forests in Victoria costs more money than it makes

November 15, 2022

Immediately ending native forest logging across Victoria’s central highlands, one of the world’s most intense carbon sinks, would generate an extra $60 million in benefits for the state this decade alone. In a challenge...

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ABC News: 90,000 hectares of old growth forest was earmarked for protection, within days it was being logged

November 13, 2022

Environmentalists who had supported and applauded the government’s move were blindsided — and now say they were tricked by the government. A letter on behalf of six of those groups wrote to Premier Daniel...

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Doctors for the Environment Australia: Victorian Government urged to end native forest logging

November 10, 2022

As the federal government considers joining the global push to halt deforestation by 2030 at COP27 this week, the Victorian government is facing calls at home to end native forest logging and protect the...

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The Age: Logging agency VicForests failed to protect endangered possums, court finds

November 05, 2022

Victoria’s Supreme Court has found state-owned logging agency VicForests failed to follow the law and protect endangered greater gliders and yellow-bellied gliders when logging native forests.

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The Guardian: Victorian state logging company failed to protect threatened gliders, court finds

November 05, 2022

Victoria’s state logging company has failed to protect threatened species of gliders, and its methods to check for them before logging are inadequate, the state’s supreme court has found. Justice Melinda Richards ordered VicForests...

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The Age: ‘Terrible for the climate’: Victoria’s native logging emissions equivalent to 700,000 cars

November 04, 2022

Native forest logging in Victoria produces about 3 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year, equivalent to the pollution from 700,000 medium-sized cars or double the state’s domestic aviation sector, research shows. For the...

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The Saturday Paper: Timber town’s change of heart on native logging

October 15, 2022

While state MPs keep backing the destruction of native forest for woodchips and paper pulp, a once-divided timber region is getting out of native logging. By Katherine Wilson.

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The ABC: Logging regulator not adequately detecting illegal logging, Victorian Auditor-General's Office finds

October 10, 2022

Victoria's logging regulator is failing to fully use its powers, and cannot assure the public it is effectively reducing the risk of illegal logging, according to a report by the Victorian Auditor-General's Office (VAGO)....

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The Guardian: Sixty endangered greater gliders found in Victorian forests tagged for logging

October 04, 2022

Citizen scientists have reportedly found about 60 endangered greater gliders in a dozen Victorian areas that have been targeted for logging. The greater glider – one of the world’s largest gliding mammals – was...

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ABC News: Victoria's logging agency VicForests cleared possum habitat and broke laws, audit finds

August 24, 2022

Victoria's government-owned logging company illegally cleared 1,000 square metres of protected possum habitat and broke the law in 25 out of 30 logging areas, according to a government-commissioned audit.

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The Age: Logging under way a month after greater glider declared endangered

August 09, 2022

Environmentalists have accused state agency VicForests of logging an area identified as greater glider habitat in East Gippsland, less than a month after federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek declared the rare possum endangered.  ...

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The Guardian: Unions call for Victoria’s proposed laws targeting environmental protesters to be scrapped

August 04, 2022

In letter to Daniel Andrews, union groups argue bill is ‘disproportionate’ and could lead to further limiting of workplace action. A group of unions have hit out at the Andrews government over proposed legislation...

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The Guardian: Australia’s farcical climate policy: market forces to cut emissions and subsidies to destroy carbon sinks

July 13, 2022

"The climate crisis often gets blamed on market failure, but government failure plays a pretty big role as well. Not only do Australian governments spend more than $11.6bn a year subsidising fossil fuels, at...

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The Age: Green groups worried new ‘unchecked powers’ will lead to more logging

March 18, 2022

Efforts to protect threatened species will be undermined and it will be easier to log native forests if proposed changes to Victoria’s forestry laws are approved, environment groups have warned. The state government says...

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The Guardian: Victorian logging rule changes will weaken protection for bushfire-prone areas, conservation groups warn

February 24, 2022

Conservation groups have accused the Victorian government of proposing changes to logging rules that would weaken protections for bushfire-prone communities and the environment. The Andrews government has published draft changes to logging standards that regulate VicForests’...

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