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Environment East Gippsland Inc - [forest_alliance] DSE case dropped - bigger targets to aim at

Dear members and supporters,

After our significant win for rainforest sites this week, where VicForests agreed not to log in important rainforest zones,  we have decided to drop the Supreme Court case against the DSE Secretary.

We believe our legal arguments were strong, but after considering the valuable time and money still needed to pursue them in the Supreme Court, we made the decision to drop the case. It was more of a ‘tidying the edges’ issue of forcing DSE to put the rest of the areas inside protected zones (which are only non-statutory, non-permanent zones anyway).

We are now diverting our resources and legal team’s efforts into an even bigger case which we hope to get up and running before the end of the year or in the new year. Stay tuned!


Jill Redwood


Environment East Gippsland Inc 

Locked Bag 3

ORBOST Vic 3888

(03) 5154 0145

EAST GIPPSLAND - our breathing space

DSE - prosecuting while being prosecuted

Environment East Gippsland



 Thursday 2nd August 2012

 DSE - prosecuting while being prosecuted

Today, in a curious paradox, the Department of Sustainability and Environment is being taken to court for not adhering to its own rainforest protection laws, while next week DSE will be in court prosecuting VicForests for criminally logging rainforests. Read more

Local community takes a stand for the forests of Mt St Leonards

June 8

The inspiring local community of Toolangi, Victoria, has taken a stand against the logging of Leadbeater’s possum habitat at Leo’s Foot, Mount Saint Leonards, this week, with over 30 community members arrested yesterday.
“The logging of Mt St Leonard is not just scarring the landscape, it is psychologically scarring the community” said Deanne Bail, local resident and tourism operator.

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Minister Walsh Apology to MyEnvironment Inc


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Tree sit halts logging at Toolangi

Media Release:  16th January 2012

The Central Highlands Action Group

Tree sit halts logging at Toolangi

More than 30 protesters are today halting logging operations at a large coupe on Yellowdindi rd in Toolangi state forest.

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MEDIA RELEASE - MyEnvironment Inc. Environment group heads to court to stop destruction of endangered possum’s home

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

MyEnvironment Inc, a local Yarra Ranges environment group is heading to the courts today in a desperate attempt to stop logging in one of the few high-conservation value forests spared from the horrific Black Saturday bushfires and home to the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum.   

A writ to be filed in the Melbourne Supreme Court this morning seeking an injunction against state-owned timber company VicForests to stop logging at Sylvia Creek forest, which has been a hotbed of protest action in the past month.

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Green tick removed International Timber Certification dropped from Reflex

After 5 years of the FSC standard being inappropriately branded on Australian Paper’s Reflex copy paper - the finding is in:  Australian Paper no longer have the right to label their product with the FSC Controlled Wood Standard if they use VicForests wood.

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Reflex Paper and Victorian native forest logging stripped of green credentials

FSC media release

Aug 24, 2011

Reflex Paper has lost its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification because Victoria’s native forest logging practices do not meet the Council’s strict environmental standards.

“This is a huge blow for the credibility of Victoria’s timber industry, and state-owned logging company VicForests,” said Wilderness Society campaigner Luke Chamberlain.

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Historic agreement provides certainty for Tasmania's forests and forest industry

Media Release - The Hon. Tony Burke MP - Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

7 August 2011

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings have this morning signed a landmark agreement that will provide certainty for Tasmania’s forestry industry, support local jobs and communities, and protect the state’s ancient forests.

The agreement has been reached between the Federal and State Labor Governments after a long period of collaboration and consultation with key industry and environmental stakeholders.

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Underwear models expose Victoria’s (dirty little) secret

24 May 2011

Peter Cooper                        
 Senior Campaigner
 The Wilderness Society Sydney Inc

Victoria is hiding a dirty little secret, exposed today by lingerie wearing protestors in central Sydney and Melbourne. Around 15 models braved the cold and stripped down to expose the fact that Reflex Paper is sourced from logging that is pushing Victoria’s emblem, the Leadbeaters Possum, to the brink of extinction.

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