2020 UPDATE: We head back to court on 14 December next week! We’ll make our final arguments in our 3 year legal battle for old growth forest protection! The government said they’d protect old growth forests but they’re still under threat from logging. You can help to ensure they’re properly protected. Please donate
The Secretary to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the first defendant, reopened the case for a further trial that began on 5 and 6 November 2020 and will have it’s final few days heard next week starting on Monday 14 December 2020.
In November our legal team cross examined the Environment Department’s witnesses and next week we will hear from Mr Stephen Mueck, an expert forest ecologist called by FFRC and hear our closing arguments.
Please read on below for a more detailed update on our case and the many twists and challenges we have faced. Thankfully, at every turn, with every new hearing, we have received the generous support and donations we have needed to put forward the best defence for our old growth forests. Please help us clear this final hurdle as we head in to next weeks trial.
Thank you once again!
TIME’S RUNNING OUT TO SAVE EAST GIPPSLAND’S UNPROTECTED OLD GROWTH FORESTS
We don’t decide to go to Court lightly, but old growth forests that should be protected by law are planned for logging.
Earlier in November we and other environment groups worked hard to stop logging of old growth forest in Kuark.
- 6900 people emailed environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio
- Goongerah Environment Centre set up a peaceful protest on-site in the forest
- We took legal action with the help of lawyers from Environmental Justice Australia.
- We won an interim Supreme Court injunction that stopped logging in Kuark while the case proceeds!
The FFRC is arguing that the state government has failed to protect 60% of wet and damp old growth forest in East Gippsland, as the law requires them to, and until they do, further logging in old growth forest should not proceed.
Our dedicated volunteers have identified an additional 33 areas of old growth forest that are under threat from logging in East Gippsland. The case asks for Court orders prohibiting logging in these areas.
Logging was scheduled to commence in spectacular old growth forests off Yalmy Road in the Goongerah creek catchment this summer. This forest borders the Snowy River National Park and provides critically important habitat for wildlife and giant trees.
This area is now also subject of our Court case that will go ahead over the coming months, and has been given a reprieve for now.
If the legal action is successful we could secure permanent protection of our remaining old growth forests.
This is great news for Victoria’s old growth forests that make East Gippsland a truly remarkable and precious place.
Stay tuned for updates and please support the case and the huge efforts to save our old growth forests by making a donation here:
Thanks for your support!