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AMCOR donations

A comprehensive study revealing that AMCOR (owners of REFLEX Maryvale Mill) were the 7th largest ASX donor to political parties (primarily Liberal) during the development of the Kennett government Wood Pulp Agreement 1996 to The Regional Forest Agreement period 1998 that solidified a 34 year logging contract for AMCOR. A clear indicator of the influence the Maryvale Mill had over the development of the logging legislation that has sent the Ash forests into an ecosystem collapse.

Jeff Kennett APM promises

This letter between then Premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett and the Australian Paper Mill reveals that his government resisted enforceable environmental conditions restricting the (AMCOR's) Maryvale Mill access to native forest. The consequences of Kennett governments support for large scale access to forests, without the imposition of strict RFA environmental conditions, has lead to the extinction trajectory of the Leadbeater's Possum and vast over-logging of the Ash forest.

ESAS Forest proposal 2005

RFA - Wood Pulp Agreement

Letters between Prime Minister Keating, Amcor Maryvale Mil, lawyers and the state government provide assurances to Australian Paper that the Wood Pulp Agreement Act would not be interfered with by developing the RFA's. Given the Wood Pulp Agreement Act (developed in 1996) was not based on conservation requirements of threatened species but rather resource needs of the Maryvale Pulp Mill, it can be assumed that the Central Highlands RFA's, and the subsequent State's Forest Management Plans, deliberately circumvented conservation restrictions (set out in such things as the Leadbeater's Possum Action statements written before the RFA's) as necessary to enable a minimum of 13.55 million cubic metres of pulpwood to Australian Paper from the Central Highlands from 1996 until 2030. This is not a 'compromise', as the courts assumed, as the balance of conservation needs was never there in the first place - rather the policy was always contingent of the Maryvale Mills needs not that of threatened species. The RFA's are therefore inconsistent with the requirements of threatened species and always have been.

Advice 4 jan 96.pdf (1,003.61 kB)

A Review of VicForests Financial Performance

VicForests, the state government’s native-forest logging agency, has incurred cash losses of $22.2 million since it commenced operating in 2004, says a new report, commissioned by volunteer group Healesville Environment Watch Inc. (HEWI).

Victorian forestry unsustainble

By any scientific yardstick, forestry operations in Victoria cannot be regarded as ecologically sustainable. Read More

How to make a common species rare: A case against conservation complacency

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Picture: Steve Kuiter

A traditional focus in conservation biology has been on rare species as they are often those most at risk of decline or extinction. However, we argue in this paper that some kinds of currently common species also can be susceptible to decline. Those at particular risk are species that are specialized on widespread environmental conditions. Such specialization may make such species vulnerable to a range of drivers of envi- ronmental change, placing them at risk of significant decline or even local extinction. We illustrate this with a case study of the arboreal marsupial the Greater Glider (Petauroides volans) in south-eastern Australia.  

Breaches

Alleged and actual breaches by VicForests, DSE and Logging Contractors in Victoria

Forest Resources

Useful documents and reviews on forestry Read More