If you went bushwalking in Mount Cole today, it may not be birdsong that fills your ears – it may be bulldozers.

In the wildlife-rich forests of Mount Cole, VicForests’ logging operations are starting. And we need your help to stop them.

Why are these Central West forests so important?

The Wombat Forest, for example, is an essential refuge for threatened wildlife, like the Greater Glider – the largest gliding mammal in Australia and the second largest in the world. From its long fluffy tail to its furry ears, it really is a sight to behold.

And these Central West forests house the headwaters of major rivers, including the Moorabool, Werribee, Lerderderg, Maribyrnong, and Wimmera rivers.

The elevation of some of these forests will be important for protecting our wildlife from climate change, too.

The state government was supposed to respond to the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s (VEAC) final recommendations to protect almost 60,000 hectares of central west forests in new national parks within 6 months.

The announcement should have been made by the end of February last year – this now constitutes a breach of legislation and statutory duty.

The forests worthy of protection as National Parks include the Wombat Forest (near Daylesford), Wellsford Forest (near Bendigo), Pyrenees Ranges Forest (near Avoca), and Mount Cole Forest (near Beaufort).

Will you make a tax-deductible donation today to help win the campaign to finally have these new parks declared?

Although coronavirus may be somewhat under control in Australia at the moment, logging native forests isn’t.

We need to win this campaign to create the largest new parks in over a decade. And we need your support to make this happen.

Together, this is a campaign we can win.

How to donate:

  • Donate online using the form on this page
  • Phone the team on 03 9341 6500
  • Or print out this donation form and post it to Victorian National Parks Association, Level 3, 60 Leicester St, Carlton, VIC, 3053

Donations over $2 are tax-deductible. ABN: 34 217 717 593

For assistance, please call us on 03 9341 6500 or email [email protected]

Our many thanks in advance for supporting this fantastic opportunity to create new national parks.