Labor Candidate backs VEAC investigation

Sim, Clare and Bert at one of VicForests' coupes.

Sim, Clare and Bert at one of VicForests’ coupes.

On a recent tour of logging coupes in the Strathbogie Forest, Clare Malcolm, Labor Candidate for the new electorate of Euroa, confirmed she would support the local community’s call for a comprehensive investigation of land-use in these forests by the Victorian Environment Assessment Council. VEAC’s predecessor, the Land Conservation Council, Victoria, last investigated land use in this region in the 1980’s! Since that time there have been substantial changes in forestry techniques, status of threatened species, recreational use, Government policy affecting forest management, among others.

Two members of the Strathbogie Sustainable Forest Group, Sim Ayres and Bertram Lobert showed Clare some of the coupes VicForests plans to log in the next few years, as well as what a logged coupe can look like when everything goes terribly wrong.

“It’s clear there is strong local support for improved management of these forests and I thoroughly support a VEAC investigation into the management of the Strathbogie Forests and other mixed-species forests in the North East.” Ms Malcolm said.”

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Bert and Clare survey the catastrophic damage in this VicForests coupe on Barjarg Rd.

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