Australia Native forest logging to be banned in Victoria by 2030

13:55  06 november  2019
13:55  06 november  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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Have promised to increase Victoria ’s energy efficiency target to 10% by 2030 , include insulation in the Victorian Banned fracking and unconventional gas extraction, have promised to enshrine the ban in Victoria ’s Supports an end native forest logging by assisting industry to transition to plantations.

The Victorian people collectively own spectacular forests that are : Some of the oldest, tallest and most carbon dense forests in the world. Home to many unique plants and animals not found anywhere else in the world. Right on Melbourne’s doorstep and something to be proud of! They should be treasured

a close up of a cat looking at the camera: Victoria's fauna emblem, the Leadbeater's possum.© Ken Irwin Victoria's fauna emblem, the Leadbeater's possum.

Logging in Victorian native forests is set to be banned within a decade, potentially wiping out up to 2000 jobs across the state.

The Andrews government is expected to announce as early as Thursday that it will phase out the industry by 2030 and reveal a detailed transition package costing taxpayers up to $500 million, sources told The Age.

A decades long debate between environmentalists and industry relying on Victoria’s native forests has been largely focused on the state’s critically endangered faunal emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum, with vast sections of forest blocked from timber harvesting.

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews with Transport Minister Jacinta Allan. The Greens propose increasing the VRET to 100% of the state’s energy production by 2030 and It supports the creation of a Great Forests National Park, the immediate transition from native forest logging to plantation

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a bridge going over a mountain: The Maryvale Paper Mill.© Bloomberg The Maryvale Paper Mill.

Several industry sources said taxpayers would likely fork out up to $500 million in compensation for workers and companies, with millions expected to go towards Australian Paper’s Maryvale Mill — the Latrobe Valley’s single biggest employer.

The mill has a contract for native timber supply from the state's Central Highlands under a deal passed by the Victorian parliament in the 1990s.

But the decision will likely close many small timber mills, some of which have operated in Gippsland for more than a century.

The future of the sector has been subject to fierce debate within the Victorian government. The industry has been under increasing pressure in recent years, with supply of sustainable sawlogs dwindling for many of the state’s small timber mills.

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The small remnant rainforests in Victoria now grow predominantly in sheltered south facing gullies in fertile and high rainfall areas. (Image from Google Earth.) Copyright (c) by Victorian Rainforest Network. This website and its contents, including pages and documents, are subject to copyright

Under the Victorian Labor government logging operations are continuing to kill these innocent gliders. We will keep campaigning until we see these precious forests - Our native wildlife is being logged to extinction. - Over 80% of what's logged in Victoria ’s native forests are woodchipped for paper.

The Andrews government delayed a decision on the industry's future before last November’s election, to avoid tensions within the Labor movement involving the powerful Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union.

The union will fiercely oppose a logging ban. About 500 of the 900-strong workforce at Maryvale mill are union members, as well as most of the 250 employees at Heyfield’s Australian Sustainable Hardwoods mill.

The Victorian government paid $40 million to become a major shareholder in that business in 2017.The move will also cast doubts over the future of VicForests, the state-owned business that harvests, sells and regrows timber from State Forests.

The business made a profit of under $2 million last year, with the taxpayers footing the bill for more than $11 million in reimbursements for areas that were unable to be logged because of the possum.

Industry sources told The Age on Wednesday night the government had reached an "amicable outcome" with Australian Paper, with previous fears a native forest logging ban could lead to at least 30 per cent of its Maryvale workforce being made redundant.

The company, owned by Japanese paper giant Nippon, is shifting towards biomass and recycled packaging paper as part of its core business.

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The native forest logging ban's impact on workers sparked a furious exchange in State Parliament on Wednesday.Thousands of jobs are on the line as the state government enforces a "transition" to a plantation-only timber industry, announced last week as part of a 10-year plan that includes an immediate ban on old-growth forest logging.

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