This investigation into the Victorian Government’s commitment to protect 41,000 hectares of old growth forest was carried out by the Victorian National Parks Association, The Wilderness Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation. It was published in May 2009.
More than two and a half years after the last state election the Victorian Labor party had not delivered on its promise to protect the magnificent old growth forests of Victoria’s East Gippsland.
In total, Labor committed to protect 41,000 hectares of old growth and icon sites in 25 areas scattered across East Gippsland. While the 2006 old growth commitment fell well short of environment group expectations, it could, if delivered, make an important contribution to Victoria’s reserve system.