The Central Highlands area- the red blobs are logging coupes since 1970
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And then there was 11...

Eleven councils, representing just under 1.4 million people have passed resolutions to end Melbourne’s water catchment logging.

Catchment logging has cost Melburnians billions of litres of water and as global warming continues to wage reduced rainfall across the southern part of Australia, further risk to catchment inflows is a risk no-one wants to test. TCHA commends the extraordinary leadership of the Shire of Yarra Ranges in leading this motion.

In the shire of Yarra Ranges their are 91 people employed to log catchments with a total employment including haulage of 220 people. Their are 35,000 people employed across the Shire. Their are 4 million people across Melbourne who drink from these water catchments.

And once there was a great leader that valued the trees, a man of courage, conviction and and above all a man of the land. He stood at Ellery Creek in East Gippsland and hollered a great war cry ‘they shall not sell these giants for pittance to chip ships that plantations could supply’. Where is that great leader? Has he vanished like the trees? Or is he getting ready to transition chip industries?

These pictures depict our Premiere disappointed by the logging of high conservation value forests and experiencing the serenity of the great giants of East Gippslands forests. It’s a crying shame that this man, who once believed in the land and its value, sells these forests for less than $8.50 a tonne.

Steve Brack’s - A new style of leadership 1999.  Election Platform. 
ALP 1999 Election Platform - Our Natural Assets & logging in Melb's Closed water catchments.pdf
This policy has not been changed, yet 10 years on from this promise we have had no evidence of its implementation

“Strongly protecting Victorian water catchment areas, and excluding logging in closed water catchments.” ALP 1999 Election PlatformOur Natural Assets

Healesville across to the Acheron

Logging coupes burn across the state along with ‘controlled burning’ across wet forests throughout the Central Highlands. Coupes burnt last week have reignited forcing the state government to deploy fire teams to extinguish and watch the ignitions, another logging cost put on tax payers. As clearly as the lack of accountability for the logging burns is the accountability for the greenhouse gases filling the biosphere. This industry must be made to pay like everyone else. Every business on the planet will be accountable for their greenhouse exceptions.

Lake Mountain across to Marysville.

New government report report slams logging in Melbourne’s water supply.
A law intern at parliament has delivered a report to Tammy Lobato MP that delievers the strongest case yet for protecting Melbournes water supply from logging. Ms Lobato has welcomed the findings and the report’s author Hannah Nichols has been rewarded with a high distinction for her work.
For a full copy of the report down load here:  Report .pdf


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