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Yorta Yorta walk-in stops logging in Millewa Forest

19th June 2009

Yorta Yorta community walk-inYorta Yorta people organised another protest against illegal logging in the Millewa Forest today. Exercising their inherent rights to Country, Yorta Yorta Traditional Owners led a "community walk-in" to the site of the recently ended logging blockade. Logging was halted for several hours while Yorta Yorta people and supporters held a picnic just outside the coupe.


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Millewa Forest Protests - Update

11th June 2009

Yesterday police and forestry officers forced protesters out of the Millewa Forest where they had stopped an illegal logging operation for ten days. Despite the peaceful nature of the protest and the small number of protesters about fifty police were deployed in the operation. Three people were arrested.

Although happy to use the heavy hand of the law to break up a democratic protest, the NSW government continued to flout their own environmental legislation, sending the loggers back in immediately, in contravention of both the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979) and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).

The situation remains unresolved. For information on forest protests, contact the Friends of the Earth office on (03) 9419 8700.

Protest Stops Logging in Millewa Forest

A treesit in Millewa ForestThis morning over twenty people from Yorta Yorta Nation, Red Gum Forest Action and Friends of the Earth peacefully stopped an illegal logging operation in the Millewa red gum wetlands on the Murray River in NSW.

One protestor is in a "tree-sit," a platform suspended high in the forest canopy from cables attached to logging machinery.


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Historic Decision Protects Victorian Red Gum

30th December 2008

Today, Victorian Premier John Brumby made history by committing to protect 95,000ha of Murray River Red Gum forests, and create the state’s first co-managed National Parks.

The Brumby government has taken the courageous step to implement the majority of recommendations from the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council River Red Gum Investigation, including:

  • Four new national parks at Barmah, Gunbower, the Lower Goulburn and the Ovens Rivers
  • Significant additions to the Murray-Sunset National Park and Terrick-Terrick National Parks.
  • A total of over 95,000ha of new protected areas (regional, state and national parks)
  • A new Murray River Park covering more than 1000 km of the Murray River frontage from Wodonga to Mildura
  • Co-management Barmah and Nyah parks with the Traditional Owners
  • Creation of statewide legislation to allow future joint management of other parks
  • Removal of stock grazing from all publicly owned water frontages along the Murray and major tributaries

We applaud the decision as one of the most significant conservation commitments ever made in Victoria. Click here to read our media release

Forests & Deep Ecology forum

Bringing together a diverse range of speakers and topics, from India to East Gippsland.

Wednesday September 15, South Melbourne.
All welcome.

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Officeworks store targeted as forest protection groups call for Reflex paper to be taken off the shelves

Forest protection groups have occupied the roof and storefront of a major Officeworks building in Collingwood this morning. Banners were unfurled over the rooftop billboards, targeting the Reflex Paper brand for its ongoing logging of Victoria’s native forests.

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heritage bushland property to be bulldozed for Peninsula freeway

Joyce and Simon Welsh, owners of the historic Westerfield property on Robinsons Road in the Green Wedge south of Frankston have been notified that clearing will begin on Monday 5 July on the 2.656 ha of their pristine remnant bushland property to be bulldozed to make way for the Peninsula Link Freeway.

In response a community picket has been established.

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Historic win - Millewa forest safe

19th May 2010

In a press conference at 1pm today NSW Premier Kristina Keneally announced a stunning outcome for the red gum forests of the Riverina.

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Save Our Bush rally in Melbourne

Please join the rally to help stop the wanton destruction of our nature reserves and cultural heritage for freeways across Melbourne!

The Pines Flora & Fauna Reserve and historic Westerfield are next in line for bulldozing.

Wednesday June 2 

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Glen Wills logging

Out beyond the Bogong High Plains, and about a 45 minute drive north of Omeo is the lovely valley of Glen Wills. This small community is increasingly gaining a reputation as a place where low impact eco tourism provides a reliable income for locals. From ski touring and walking on the High Plains to rafting on the Mitta Mitta and a range of other activities, Glen Valley is a real oasis.

We are currently working with some local land owners and tourism operators to get a number of logging coupes removed from the cutting schedule. This is partly because there will be considerable visual impacts along a section of the Alpine Walking Track (the major trail that goes from Walhalla to Canberra) and also because there are plans to harvest directly above the water supply of the Glen Wills Mountain Retreat.

Please check here for details on a letter you can send to the Minister for Climate Change and Environment, Gavin Jennings.

Many thanks.