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Australia 'Big impacts': Almost half of areas in East Gippsland approved for logging burnt

02:52  20 january  2020
02:52  20 january  2020 Source:   theage.com.au

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  Mild weather brings a moment of respite from fires International fire crews are helping to relieve exhausted local crews as they battle to get the upper hand against massive bushfires.But authorities have warned that flash flooding now presents a safety risk in some areas with thunderstorms expected this week.

Saturday 11 January East Gippsland Shire Council has opened a Bushfire Recovery Centre in Service Street, Bairnsdale and is also providing a Mobile Recovery Centre to smaller bushfire affected communities such as the Omeo Region, Buchan district and Far East .

This year Wikipedia will add the Northern Territories scrub fires to Australia's total area burned as it inflates the numbers for our cause.

a group of people in a forest: The fires are a fresh blow to the industry, still reeling from the government's decision to ban native logging by 2030.© Peter Hannam The fires are a fresh blow to the industry, still reeling from the government's decision to ban native logging by 2030.

Almost half the areas approved for native logging in East Gippsland have been burnt, with Premier Daniel Andrews bracing for what he says will be a “significant” impact on the forestry industry.

The devastation wrought by the recent bushfires came just months after the Labor government announced native logging would be completely banned in 2030, and the cutting of old-growth forest would end immediately.

Mr Andrews said 40 per cent of coupes – areas approved for logging – as part of VicForests’ timber release plan in East Gippsland were destroyed by the fires that have so far burnt more than 1.4 million hectares across Victoria.

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Bushfire damage to forests in East Gippsland , Victoria from the 2003 Eastern Victorian alpine bushfires, two years after fires swept A 2001 study found that the disruption of traditional burning practices and the introduction of unrestrained logging meant that many areas of Australia were now

East Gippsland fauna consists of unique native animals including mammals, amphibians, reptiles East Gippsland plants are very significant at the continental scale, due to the area overlapping - Fungi can also have detrimental impacts such as causing significant crop losses in agriculture, and

“So there’s going to be a significant impact ... there’s going to be big impacts on the forestry industry,” Mr Andrews said on Monday morning.

“We’ve said for a while now that the sustainability of this industry could be directly impacted by a significant fire event and that’s exactly what’s happened here.”

Melbourne air quality at 'hazardous' levels

  Melbourne air quality at 'hazardous' levels The air quality in Melbourne has dropped to hazardous levels as smoke from the East Gippsland bushfires continues to blanket Victoria. According to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), pollution levels are hazardous in Melton, Macleod, Mooroolbark, Alphington, Box Hill, Dandenong, Brighton, Brooklyn, Footscray and Coolaroo.Since a significant drop in air quality began last week, Ambulance Victoria saw a significant increase in in asthma and air pollution-related callouts.

“ Oil prices have almost quadrupled since the beginning of 2002. For an oil-importing country like the U.S., this has substantially increased the cost of petroleum imports. International trade data suggest that this increase has exacerbated the deterioration of the U.S. trade deficit, especially since the

“ East Gippsland Shire Council is committed to tackling climate change. East Gippsland Shire Council is a member of ICLEI Oceania - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI). The Plan, developed with regional and expert input, shows that Gippsland 's economy could save almost 0

Mr Andrews did not say if the 2030 deadline would be extended, or indicate if additional coupes would be approved to make up for the areas that had been burnt.

“Well, let’s work through that, I’m not here to make any forestry announcements. I’m just being honest with you, I think there’s going to be significant impact.”

The decision to ban native forest logging has been welcomed by environmentalists, but has sparked a fierce backlash from the industry, the federal government and the powerful Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union.

In announcing its decision in November, the state government hailed the announcement as a win that would protect 90,000 hectares of native forest, and another 96,000 hectares that would be exempt from logging under a plan to protect the greater glider, an endangered tree-dwelling marsupial.

Mr Andrews at the time said an extra 50,000 hectares of plantation timber would be in the ground before the ban started in 2030.

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As the area burned across Australia this fire season pushes beyond five million hectares, an area larger than many countries, stories of “There has never been a situation where there has been a fire from southern Queensland, right through NSW, into Gippsland , in the Adelaide Hills, near Perth and

East Gippsland Livestock Exchange. Facilities. Attractions. East Gippsland All Abilities Playground. The amenity of an area . Social impacts . Vegetation removal. Heritage.

But the industry’s national lobby group, the Australian Forest Products Association, has said large areas of plantation timber have also been burnt in Victoria, NSW and South Australia.

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It's not over yet: Urgent warning issued as SEVERE fire danger is in place for parts of Australia due to blustery winds and hot temperatures .
Hot and windy weather is expected to return to Victoria on Wednesday pushing fire danger into the severe and extreme ranges in some parts of the state.Swathes of Victoria will have fire danger ratings ranging from 'extreme' to 'severe' on Wednesday, and residents are being warned to remain vigilant.

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