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VicForests’ excuses unconvincing

Jill Redwood

Monday 13th June 2011

The recent exposé of the export of high quality whole logs to China has shown one more of the many underhanded and hypocritical operations that VicForests manages. Environment East Gippsland has accused VicForests of either colluding with their log customer’s illicit trade or being hopelessly incompetent as the government’s corporate forest manager.

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Jill Redwood

Monday 13th June 2011

The recent exposé of the export of high quality whole logs to China has shown one more of the many underhanded and hypocritical operations that VicForests manages. Environment East Gippsland has accused VicForests of either colluding with their log customer’s illicit trade or being hopelessly incompetent as the government’s corporate forest manager.

“We have VicForests on the one hand demanding more access to public land and even conservation reserves for logging in order to meet the demands of the logging industry. On the other hand, VicForests has allowed thousands of cubic metres of high quality logs to be exported to China without any more processing than having the ends squared off to fit into the containers.” said Jill Redwood from EEG.

“We are hearing conflicting spin from VicForests; that it wasn’t happening, that there was only one export license approved, that they are investigating the claims, that they were only leftover logs that no one else wanted to buy and that there’s no law against it. Are they trying to hide the real truth?”

“The Timber Industry Strategy states clearly these logs need to be processed before leaving our shores in order to benefit local employment. Now we have VicForests trying to claim that cutting the ends off logs is the processing that provides employment.”

“Ted Baillieu has inherited a rogue entity and his government needs to investigate and give it a thorough clean out of unscrupulous bureaucrats. Since 2004, it has been clear VicForests has had little regard for laws, policies, plans, regulations and strategies. When they are put in the spotlight, they also have little regard for truth.  The public can have no faith in VicForests as law-abiding and trustworthy or as principled managers of public forests”, said Jill Redwood. 

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