Defer the Bill that would lock-in long-term native forest logging
  • Petitioned Hon Michael O'Brien

This petition was delivered to:

Treasurer
Hon Michael O'Brien
Premier of Victoria
Hon Dr Denis Napthine
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security
Hon Peter Walsh
Leader of The Nationals in the Legislative Council
Hon Peter Hall

Defer the Bill that would lock-in long-term native forest logging

    1. Petition by

      The Wilderness Society

Despite disastrous logging practices in our public forests, the Victorian state government is proposing amendments to forest laws that if passed, would have devastating results for Victorian people, our forests and the wildlife that inhabit them.

The proposed Amendments to the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004 would:

          1.  Provide unlimited logging contracts.        

          2.  Effectively privatise the exploitation of the state’s most valuable public natural asset.

          3.  Promise to supply logs into the future that won’t exist due to decades of over-logging and the impacts of bushfires.

          4.  Dilute government oversight of logging agency VicForests.

          5.  Expose tax-payers and future governments to paying hundreds of millions in compensation when wood can’t be provided [1].

          6.  Drive endangered animals, like the Fairy (Leadbeater's) Possum even closer to extinction. [Pictured above. Photo by Emma Campbell]

State government logging agency VicForests is already a highly controversial body.

It has failed to regenerate our public forests, been taken to the Supreme Court for logging endangered species habitat, and has not made a return public purse for logging the public’s forests.

Little wonder that the Victorian Auditor General is currently conducting an inquiry into VicForests.

Because there’s an Inquiry under way, logging laws shouldn’t be amended until the Auditor General’s office has handed in their report. Even then, logging laws need to be strengthened, not weakened.

The native forest logging industry says it needs long-term contracts to attract long-term investment. But there is no long-term resource available in native forests anymore.

New laws aren’t a magic wand – they won’t change the fact that our forests have been overlogged and can’t be committed for greedy long-term contracts. The wood just isn’t there.

In 2011 alone, VicForests incurred debts of $7.3 million. The government says their assets are worth only $31million. And now the government wants to ask taxpayers to underwrite contracts for hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Amendments to the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004 are not in the best interests of our forests, wildlife or Victorians.

Sign the petition to Premier Denis Napthine, Treasurer Michael O’Brien, Minister Peter Walsh, and Minister Peter Hall to defer the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Amendment Bill 2013 until the Auditor-General’s Office hands down its findings from its inquiry into VicForests.

Help encourage the Premier to protect Victoria’s forests, not lock them in for long-term logging – send Denis Napthine a tweet at @Vic_Premier

For tweets on logging in Victoria’s forests @wildernessVIC

Find out more visit www.wilderness.org.au

[1] The state will be obliged to pay hundreds of millions of dollars, as evidenced by but one contract, the current agreement with Australian Paper: the Wood Pulp Agreement guarantees Australian Paper 350,000 m3 of pulplogs per year. At a conservative $50 /m3, over a 20 year contract, the state could be liable for $350,000,000.

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    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. If you're in town - join us on the steps of Parliament this afternoon

      Thanks so much for asking the Napthine government to defer regressive logging laws until the findings of the Auditor-General's inquiry into VicForests are handed down.

      We know you care about our precious wildlife and want our irreplaceable native forests protected.

      This afternoon, the Sustainable Forests Timber Amendments Bill is being debated in the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament.

      If you can, join us on the steps of Parliament at 1:30pm, or again at 3pm.

      If you're out of town - drop Premier Napthine a tweet @Vic_Premier, asking him to protect forests, not lock them in for long-term logging.

      Thanks from the forest campaign team at The Wilderness Society,

      Luke, Amelia, Ben, Kevi and Geraldine.

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Merridy Leonard AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      The destruction of Victoria's beautiful forests in devasting

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    • Linda Howe BELMONT, MA
      • 7 months ago

      Disastrous policy would be made even worse by these amendments.

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    • Paul Bonet AUSTRALIA
      • 7 months ago

      these forests are public property and future property of our children and their children.

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    • Erika Budiman AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      because I don't trust the current government to know and do what is right for our environment!

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    • lou baxter MELBOURNE VICTORIA, AL
      • 8 months ago

      extinction is forever

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