The Andrews Government has locked in ten more years of taxpayer-funded logging in the central west. The decision to re-sign the Regional Forestry Agreements only weeks after the tragic summer bushfires is a giant leap backwards.
Instead of exempting native forest logging from federal environment laws, we need to protect these forests and the wildlife that won’t survive without them.
It’s impossible to overstate how important the unburnt forests of the central west are. They are essential for protecting significant headwaters of important rivers, for alleviating climate change impacts, and refuges for bushfire-affected threatened wildlife.
Tell Minister Thomas that Victorians want thriving habitats and sustainable jobs in new western national parks, not native forest logging.