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Uniting Church Forest Policy Report

In 2002, a number of proposals relating to forests and forestry in Australia were put to the Victorian and Tasmanian Synod assembly. It soon became apparent adequate debating of the issues could not be concluded in the time available so the proposals were withdrawn.

Given that the level of debate in the media generally transforms what are often complex issues into shallow coverage with a tendency towards extreme views of anti versus pro-logging (particularly where direct conflict make for sensationalist television coverage), it was thought many UC members who do not have connections with forestry may benefit from further background information.

Doctors for Forests/ Myer Foundation - Melbourne Water Report

Melbourne is fortunate to have been founded with foresight for water resources. By 1890, two of the city’s catchments had been protected, followed by an additional two soon afterwards (O’Shaughnessy & Jayasuriya 1989). In recent decades, the increased demand for access to forest timber resources has resulted in extensive logging of water supply catchments.

Australia’s longest running studies on the effect of catchment logging and bushfire on water supply have been carried out in the mountain ash forests of Victoria’s Central Highlands. This research program has illustrated the significant negative consequences of logging in water supply catchments.

Today, as Melbourne approaches the limits of its available water supply, there is an increasing need for community awareness and debate over the management of our water supply catchments.

Logging in the Upper Goulburn Catchment - ACF

An intensive look into the hydrological and carbon impacts of logging in the Upper Goulburn Catchment.

Logging in the Yarra Tributaries

A logging assessment by Hannah Nichols on behalf of Tammy Lobato

Logging in the Thomson Catchment Report

A snap shot assessment of the states continued logging in Melbourne's largest drinking water catchment - Thomson Dam.

DSE Water and Wood Findings

The findings of Professor Russell Mein from Victorias wood and water study.

Running Pure Report - World Bank/ WWF

The importance of forest protected areas to drinking water.

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Target 155 Water Saving Tip #1 - Stop Logging our Water Catchments


Logging in Melbourne's catchments costs billions of litres of water and it's time for the government to stop this. It's the least we should expect as water-saving voters.


Logging in Melbournes Water Catchment - the yarra tributaries

The majority of Melbourne’s water supply is sourced from water catchments located in the Central Highlands, east of Melbourne. Currently, five out of ten catchments in this network are subject to logging operations. Two issues stem from the contentious practice of logging in Melbourne’s water catchments.

Monash University June 2008

Prepared for TAMMY LOBATO Member for Gembrook