Less than an hour and a half’s journey from Melbourne is a forested landscape of rare, threatened and remarkable creatures.

Standing tall amidst the verdant canopy are majestic flowering mountain ash, soaring over 100 meters into the sky. These towering giants are sanctuaries for the tiny yet critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum.

Other residents include Wedge-tailed Eagles and the mystical Sooty Owl, who calls the rainforest gullies home. The Powerful Owl, Australia’s laregst, calls out across the valleys as the ever-illusive Masked Owls hunt for a feed amongst the canopy.

Amidst the rustling leaves and hidden hollows dwell the elusive Smoky Mouse, Southern Brown Bandicoot and a plethora of other marsupials. Some 70 other types of birds and 10 types of bats live here too.

The Central Highlands forests are among the most carbon rich and a key source of fresh drinking water. There’s an urgent need to protect these forests from destructive rogue logging, mining and other extractive industries.

We know that logging and thinning reduces the yield of water from our catchments. The best way to keep our water supply clean is to let these forests grow old, free from disturbance.

Greater and Yellow-bellied gliders feed on the sap and leaves of large trees, some hundreds of years old! If our endangered wildlife need to survive and flourish, these trees must stay in the ground, protected and respected for generations.

Until now the Yarra Ranges and Central Highlands have missed out on the protection they deserve. But if we let them grow we can once again have giants in our midst!

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The promise of new national parks

Victoria is the most cleared landscape in Australia, with a natural web of life struggling to thrive.

There is an urgent need to safeguard the forests in the state’s east from rogue logging, extractive industries like mining, inappropriate development and a warming climate.

That’s why together with conservation groups, a science-based proposal for a Great Forest National Park was created.

When it becomes a reality, the Great Forest National Park would add 355,000 hectares to the 170,000 hectares of already protected areas in Victoria’s Central Highlands.

The proposed park enjoys widespread support among the Victorian community, and will create new and long-lasting tourism and land management jobs.

Globally renowned naturalists like Bob Irwin, Sir David Attenborough and Dr Jane Goodall, along with international, national, local nature, recreation and scientific groups, support the creation of the Great Forest National Park.

The Great Forest National Park would be a boon for the region. Investment in nature tourism is the next big thing for growing centres such as Healesville and Warburton, and will invigorate smaller towns such as Toolangi, Noojee and Rawson.

The Great Forest National Park will

Improve community health & wellbeing

Keep our air clean & water healthy

Create refuges for threatened wildlife

We love parks!

On Saturday 13 May, 2017 the summit of Mt Donna Buang in the Yarra Ranges National Park hosted 400 people who gathered to form a giant human sign spelling out support for a new Great Forest National Park in the Central Highlands and Gippsland.

The human sign was 60 metres long, 50 metres wide and made up of passionate people spelling out the words ‘We Love Parks’.

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We acknowledge this area is part of the unceded traditional lands and waters of the Taungurung, Wurundjeri and Bunurong people and recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.