You are here

Supreme Court: Victory for Brown Mountain against VicForest loggers

Congratulations Jill Redwood, leader of Environment East Gippsland! In a landmark decision today, the Supreme Court has found that the government has a responsibility to look for and protect endangered wildlife before logging in the contentious Brown Mountain forests of East Gippsland. “This judgment has implications for all native forests that are set to be destroyed by logging,” said EEG spokesperson Jill Redwood. “If we hadn’t sued VicForests, Brown Mountain would have been illegally logged by now. And Brown Mountain is just one area. The government is logging publicly owned forests every day without endangered species surveys.”
EEG Website for more updates
To find out more about the history of this battle, which has demanded so much courage and committment from people like Jill Redwood and those who fight with her, see the section: Brown Mountain in Candobetter

Landmark decision enforces law to defend animals and trees

In a landmark decision today, the Supreme Court has found that the government has a responsibility to look for and protect endangered wildlife before logging in the contentious Brown Mountain forests of East Gippsland.

“This judgment has implications for all native forests that are set to be destroyed by logging,” said EEG spokesperson Jill Redwood.

Decision shows the battle was just and necessary

“If we hadn’t sued VicForests, Brown Mountain would have been illegally logged by now. And Brown Mountain is just one area. The government is logging publicly owned forests every day without endangered species surveys.”

“We are calling on the government to respect the judgment by stopping logging in native forests that may contain rare wildlife, until the full implications of this judgment are examined.”

“VicForests, the Government-owned logging monopoly, has a legal responsibility to protect endangered wildlife. They can’t just go in and log blindfolded.”

“Victorians have always known native forest logging is immoral, uneconomic, unaccountable, unsustainable and unpopular. Today we’ve proved that where endangered species are present, or likely to be present, it’s potentially illegal as well”.

Will the Victorian Government try to defy the courts as well as the law now?

“This extraordinary court case isn’t just about protecting Brown Mountain’s rich and ancient ark of rare wildlife; it’s about forcing the government to abide by its laws as anyone else would”, said Ms Redwood.

“This represents a win for the state’s rare forest dependent wildlife. It’s also a win for all Australians who are concerned about the environment.”

Next danger may be Government attempt to change laws to suit itself

Environment groups are now concerned that the government may attempt to alter the laws to allow the destruction of endangered species habitat, as happened in Tasmania in 2008.

“The government must now honour the law, not alter it”, said Ms Redwood.

Forest supporters will gather at Victorian parliament tomorrow at 1pm, to ask the Environment Minister, Shadow Environment Minister and Greens for their response to the judgment.

For comment:

Jill Redwood – EEG Convenor

Liz Ingham – EEG Secretary -
Vanessa Bleyer – solicitor for EEG –

AttachmentSize
Image icon victory-brown-mountain-tiny.jpg6.86 KB

Comments

ChipBusters

Actions speak louder than words

Media Release 12 August 2010

Brown Mountain – a Brown Out For Eden Woodchip Mill?

- The Gillard Government Must Act

Conservation group ChipBusters today welcomed the landmark decision in the Victorian Supreme Court to stop logging and woodchipping in endangered species habitat at Brown Mountain in East Gippsland, Victoria

“We hope that this will be another nail in the coffin of the Eden Woodchip Mill and its plans to burn native forests for electricity,” said Noel Plumb, Convenor of ChipBusters.

"Yet again, the farcical Regional Forest Agreements so beloved of the Labor and Liberal Parties have been proved a hollow sham in protecting our precious wildlife."

"Its time for the Gillard Goverment to put a stop to this sham and move the loggers out of our forests and into plantations, once and for all."

“The Eden smash and grab operation has taken millions of tonnes of old growth forest from East Gippsland over the past 20 years and is currently buying some 500,000 tonnes a year at a pittance from Vic Forests.”

“We expect that the Chipmill will not be able to obtain the same level of supply from East Gippsland as a result of the court decision which will force a far reaching review of Victoria’s woodchip operations.”

“We will now see whether the NSW Government will try to supply the Chipmill with yet more trees from our already devastated forests and endangered species habitat."

“On the Keneally Government’s current form we can expect a renewed assault by State Forests and the woodchippers on critical koala habitat in the Eden and South Coast forests where community challenges have recently forced a temporary halt to logging.”

“We warn them that the community will be waiting for them, all the way to the next election and beyond if necessary.”

For further information and comment:

Noel Plumb ChipBusters 0425 23 83 03

'Agriculture Minister Joe Helper said the judgment meant extra precautions needed to be taken before the ban on logging the four Brown Mountain zones could be lifted.

''The decision does not mean that logging cannot occur in these areas in the future,'' he said.'

http://www.theage.com.au/environment/greens-hail-win-on-logging-20100811-11zsy.html

This statement shows no appreciation of democracy or fairness towards the environment. With ministers like these, who needs enemies?

It should be pointed out to the pollies that ordinary low income people have put their money together to put this court case up and that they (pollies) would be fools to not see the mood change. We the ordinary people have had enough of snow jobs by pollies and Vic Forest over tree felling.

great stuff and hope that Dalidakis et al wakes up and listens to this outcome... the organisation is NOT to be used for tax purposes and creating wealth for his own share base AND forestry company that im sure there is some-where to be found, it is so transparent.

WHAT WOULD YOUR LOVELY CHILDREN THINK ABOUT THIS I WOULD CARE TO ASK YOU IN TEN YEARS TIME!!